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

Economic relations

The economic relations between France and Estonia are developing stably. The trade turnover between Estonia and France has steadily risen during the last 3 years and reached 590 million euros in 2017 (+ 22,9% in comparison with 2016). France was 13th among the main trade partners in 2017 and 13th among export partners as well (+31% in comparison with 2016). The increase in export was mainly due to the surge of exports of machinery and equipment (+25 million euros), chemical products (+19 million euros) and wood and wood products (+5 million euros).

France was ranked 12th among Estonia´s major import partners, as import grew 17% compared to 2016. The rise in imports concerned chemical products (+76 million euros) and transportation vehicles (+26 million euros) above all.

Trade

Estonia-France trade from 2012-2018 (in millions of euros):

Year Export Share of total exports Import Share of total imports Turnover Share of total turnover
2012 168.4 1.4% 255.8 1.8% 424.2 1.6%
2013 198.1 1.6% 284.9 2.1% 483.1 1.8%
2014 199.9 1.7% 263.9 1.9% 463.9 1.8%
2015 221.9 1.9% 222.9 1.7% 444.8 1.8%
2016 198.6 1.7% 281.2 2.1% 479.8 1.9%
2017 260.5 2.0% 329.1 2.2% 589.6 2.1%
2018 305,7 2,1% 327,3 2,0% 633,0 2,1%

All economic figures originate from the Statistics Estonia.

Estonian export to France concerns machinery and equipment above all (phones, electrical switching devices and interrupters; remote controls and panels, monitors; special purpose equipment and mechanisms) (accounted for 23% of total exports in 2017). The second biggest article of export is wood and wood products  (16%). In addition to these, Estonia exports chemical products (12%) and other industrial goods) (11%).
Exports from France to Estonia include transportation vehicles (accounted for 25% of total imports), machinery and equipment (19%), chemical products (14%) and prepared foods and beverages (13%).

Investments

According to Bank of Estonia data, as of 31 March 2018 France was 12th among Estonia’s foreign investors (with 368,7 million euros or 1.9% of investments). French direct investment has gone up 15% in the course of last year. Investments have been made to real estate, manufacturing industry, vocational, scientific and technical activities; financial and insurance related activity.
As of 31 March 2018, Estonia’s direct investments in France totaled 47.1 million euros, which made up 0.7% of all Estonia’s investments abroad (18th), constituting a 5,6% increase compared to the same time last year). Primarily, investments were made to manufacturing industry, wholesale and retail trade, information and communication, financial and insurance related activity, real estate and vocational, scientific and technical activities.

Tourism

The number of French tourists accommodated in Estonia has risen from year to year: from 23 thousand in 2013 to close to 34 thousand in 2017. Most tourists stayed in Tallinn; other popular regions were Tartumaa, Pärnumaa and Saaremaa.