Information on the war in Ukraine

Situation at the Border

Is a visa required for citizens of Ukraine to travel to Estonia?

Ukrainian citizens holding a biometric passport may travel to Estonia without a visa. Ukrainian citizens who are not holders of a biometric passport may travel to Estonia if they are war refugees or apply for temporary protection or international protection.

How do you determine that the person entering the country is a third country national?

The police will stop border crossers to establish their nationality on the basis of travel documents. In the absence of travel documents, nationality or country of origin will be established on the basis of other documents or the person's statements.

How long do you plan to carry out such checks?

Initially such checks will be carried out for ten days. This period will be extended if necessary.

Will barriers be placed at the border?

There are currently no plans to install any barriers.

Will the PBGB close smaller roads?

No. Smaller roads into the country will not be closed, however, patrols can stop people entering the country via smaller roads, record people's details and help those in need.

Why did the Police and Border Guard Board (PBGB) request support from the European Border and Coast Guard Agency?

The situation at the external border in the areas between the border crossing points is calm, but in order to have more eyes and ears at the land border, the PBGB made a proposal to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) to deploy up to a few dozen of their officers with vehicles in our border patrols. The exact number of officers and the amount of equipment is to be agreed. The officers would be an addition to the seven Frontex officers already working at our border crossing points. Estonia, like other Member States, can benefit from the assistance provided by Frontex in a variety of situations, including when the situation at the border is calm.