The Estonian government has limited its issuance of visas to Russian nationals.

Key Points:

  • As of Augh. 18, Estonian authorities are no longer issuing visas to Russian nationals. Russian nationals who hold a Schengen visa issued by another Schengen Area country will not be allowed to enter Estonia.
  • Russian nationals who hold Estonian long-term residence permits will be allowed to enter the country if they work in the international transport sector or are visiting close relatives, engaged in diplomatic services or traveling for humanitarian reasons.
  • Estonian authorities extended Russian nationals’ student residence permits for one year if they will compete a higher education degree while in the country.

Additional Information: More information regarding the Estonian government’s decision to suspend visa services to Russian nationals is available here.

BAL Analysis: Estonia has joined other European countries that have suspended certain visa services for Russian nationals. Employers and employees are reminded that actions taken as a result of the invasion of Ukraine may change with little or no notice. BAL will continue to follow the global response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and will provide updated information as it becomes available.

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