An emergency situation has been declared in Estonia due to the pandemic spread of the coronavirus in the world.

From 17 March there will be a temporary restriction on entry to Estonia for foreign nationals who do not hold an Estonian residence permit or right of residence, or have family members in Estonia. Foreigners are allowed to transit Estonia on the way to their home country if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. At the border control travel documents and medical symptoms will be checked.There are no restrictions on exiting the country.

We care about your and everyone’s health. For this reason and in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus and flu, we kindly ask you to seriously consider whether coming to the representation is essential, and refrain from doing so if you are not feeling well, suspect that you or a family member has become infected, or you or a family member has been in an area of the coronavirus epidemic in the past 14 days. Thank you for your understanding!

In addition to previous measures, restrictions on movement are in force in Estonia from 14 March in line with the emergency situation.

On 17 March 2020, applications for Schengen visas and long-stay visas to Estonia can no longer be submitted at representations and visa centres of external service providers. This also applies to Schengen visa applications that are processed by Estonia on behalf of another member state.

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Business Relations

Poland is Estonia’s biggest and most important foreign trade partner among Central European countries, ranking 7th-8th among all of Estonia’s foreign trade partners for several years. For the last three years Polish-Estonian trade volume has amounted to 1.2-1.3 billion euros, trade balance has been negative.

In 2017, trade turnover between the two countries increased to 1.34 billion euros (yearly growth was +8.3%), which was 4.9% of total trade turnover. Poland ranked 8th among all Estonia’s trade partners.

In 2017, Poland was 12th largest export market for Estonia in total volume of 277 million euros (yearly growth of 7%). Poland ranked 6th among all Estonia’s import partners in 2017, with a volume of 1.1 billion euros (growth of 8.6%).

Trade

Estonia-Poland trade 2012-2017 (million euros)

Year Export Import Turnover Balance
2012 176.5 882.0 1058.5 -705.5
2013 207.4 1084.5 1291.9 -877.1
2014 233.3 1045.5 1278.8 -812.2
2015 267.7 974.0 1241.7 -706.3
2016 257.8 980.1 1237.9 -722.4
2017 273.9 1068.2 1342.1 -794.3

Primary articles of export in 2017:

  • Machinery and mechanical appliances – 28%
  • Wood and articles of wood – 14%
  • Base metals and articles of base metal – 11%
  • Paper and articles thereof – 9%

Primary articles of import in 2017:

  • Vehicles, transport equipment – 17%
  • Machinery and mechanical appliances – 16%
  • Products of the chemical industries – 14%
  • Base metals and articles of base metal – 12%

All economic figures originate from the Statistical Office of Estonia.

Investments

As of 31 December 2017, Polish direct investments in Estonia totalled 81.5 million euros (0.4% of total foreign investments made to Estonia, yearly growth 21 million euros). Investments mostly went to the wholesale and retail trade (53%) the manufacturing industry (22%).

Estonia’s direct investment position in Poland was 129.5 million euros (2% of total foreign investments, yearly growth 10 million euros). The primary sectors for investments were the manufacturing industry (62%), wholesale and retail trade sector (19%) and finance and insurance activities (13%).

Tourism

The number of Polish tourists visiting Estonia has increased year by year. While in 2014, 25.7 thousand Polish tourists were accommodated in Estonia, in 2017 there were already 29.5 thousand tourists accommodated in Estonian accommodation establishments.

Popular travel destinations among Polish tourists in addition to Tallinn are Tartu county, Pärnu county and Ida-Virumaa.

Visits to Poland by Estonian residents have also grown, from 212 000 in 2014 to 228 000 in 2017.