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

Trade

Estonia’s trade with Romania has been modest. A significant change in trade volume was seen in 2004 when Estonia joined the European Union – trade began to grow, but declined again as a result of the global economic downturn in 2009 (primarily due to the dramatic decrease in Estonia’s export). In the years 2007-2010, Romania was 43rd-44th among Estonia’s largest trade partners, and rose to 38th in 2011.

In 2016, Romania improved its ranking even further – Romania was on 35th place among Estonia’s trade partners (0.3% of total turnover). As of 2010, trade with Romania has grown, (primarily due to an increase in imports), and reached close to 130 million euros in 2016. In 2018, the trade volume was 145.2 million euros, making Romania the 26th trade partner for Estonia, its share being 0.5%.

The share of goods originating from Estonia accounted for almost 88% of our exports to Romania in 2018.

Estonian-Romanian trade 2008-2018 (in millions EUR)

 

2008

Export

12.0

Import

6.7

Turnover

18.7

Balance

5.3

2009 7.0 6.2 13.2 0.8
2010 7.8 11.3 19.1 -3.5
2011 11.1 19.9 31.0 -8.8
2012 10.8 23.8 34.6 -13.0
2013 11.1 38.5 49.6 -27.4
2014 19.1 53.1 72.2 -34
2015 30.7 43.8 74.5 -13.1
2016 79.7 50.2 129.9 29.5
2017 79.1 47.9 127 31.2
2018 85.8 54.4 145.2 26,5

Main export articles in the year 2018 were machinery and mechanical equipment (63% of the total export to Romania), metal and metal products (8%) and products from the chemical industry (7%).
Main import articles in 2018 were machinery and equipment (75% of the total imports from Romania) and textile products (7%)

According to Krediidiinfo, 140 Estonian companies exported to Romania in 2017 (only 79 in 2009).

Investments

As of 31.12.2018, Estonian direct investments in Romania amounted to 35 million euros (0.5% of all direct investments abroad). These pertained to real estate, mining, construction, wholesale, retail, the information and communications sector, and professional, scientific and technical activities. At the same time, Romania’s direct investments in Estonia amounted to 7,2 million euros and went mainly  into wholesale and retail trade, financing and insurance.

There were 71 companies with Romanian participation in the Estonian Commercial Register and 61 companies with Estonian participation in the Romanian National Trade Register (in May 2018).

Tourism

Opportunities to develop tourism between Estonia and Romania have certainly not yet been exhausted. In 2010, Estonian accommodation establishments housed 1343 Romanian citizens. This number has grown yearly. In 2015 the number of Romanian citizens in Estonian accommodation establishments was 3441, in 2016 3114 and in 2018 4400. In addition to Tallinn, popular destinations among Romanians were Tartu County and Pärnu County (in 2016 in addition to Tallinn also Tartu County and Ida-Viru County). Direct flights between Tallinn and  Constanța were launched by Estonian state-owned airline Nordica  in June 2018.