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.

Further information

Economic Relations

Estonian and Greek economic relations have been relatively modest. In developing economic relations, there are good prospects in the fields of maritime transport and transit, port construction and shipbuilding, advanced technology, science, forestry (wood products), and agriculture. There is also interest in co-operation in the tourism industry.

In June 2005 in Thessaloniki, the Greek-Baltic Chamber of Commerce and Industry was established with the aim of developing relations between Greece and the Baltic states primarily in the fields of trade, economy and technology.

Trade

Estonia-Greece trade 2005-2011 (million EUR)

Export Import
2010 6.7 7.0
2011 7.2 6.6
2012 6.5 5.9
2013 7.2 7.0
2014 7.2 8.5
2015 8.1 5.6
2016 8.7 5.3
2017 10.8 11.0

Statistical Office of Estonia

Direct Investments

According to Bank of Estonia data, as of 31st of December 2017 Greek direct investments to Estonia totalled €1.6m. The investments were made in the fields of professional activities, research, technical activities, accommodation, food business, information and communication, finance, insurance and real estate.
The total of Estonian direct investments to Greece as of the same date stood at €2.2m. The investments pertained mostly to real estate, the financial sector, insurance, wholesale and retail.

Tourism

Greece continues to be a popular tourism destination for Estonians – the direct flights that started in May have certainly contributed to this. In 2017 50 015 people travelled to Greece.