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

Estonian Military Representative to NATO

Estonian Military Representative to NATO and EU Military Committees


Curriculum Vitae

RADM Igor Schvede was born in 1970. His military education began at the Leningrad Nakhimov Naval School and continued in Frunze Naval Academy in Saint Petersburg. He successfully completed the US Naval Staff College in 1996 and US Naval Command College in 2012. In 2003 he completed the Superior Staff Course in the Baltic Defence College with excellent results.

RADM Schvede was commissioned as an Estonian Naval officer in 1993. At the beginning of his career, he participated in the re-establishment of the Estonian Navy and activities that safeguarded the withdrawal of the occupying ex-Soviet Navy from Estonia. At sea, RADM Schvede commanded the patrol craft ENS Ahti and the patrol ship ENS Sulev, served as the Chief of Staff and the Commander of the Baltic Naval Squadron and also as the Commander of the Estonian MCM Squadron. As a Naval Mine Countermeasures officer, RADM Schvede participated in a number of mine clearance operations in the Baltics between 1995 and 2002. Ashore he completed tours of duty in the Naval Staff, Plans and Policy department of the HQ of the Estonian Defence Forces, as well as Training and Exercise department of the NATO Maritime Component Command in Northwood. After Estonia’s accession to NATO, he served as the officer with primary responsibility for the NATO Maritime Integration Program for the Baltic States in MCC HQ Northwood. In 2005 RADM Schvede deployed to the NATO ISAF HQ in Kabul and served as a liaison officer to MOD and the General Staff of Afghanistan.

RADM Schvede commanded the Estonian Navy from 2007-2012. In 2012 he was appointed as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations at the HQ of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF). From 2013 until 2016 he served as the Chief of Staff of the HQ of EDF. In August 2016 he was appointed as the Estonian Military Representative to NATO and EU.

RADM Schvede was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in February 2020. He speaks English and Russian. RADM Schvede is the recipient of the Estonian Order of the Cross of the Eagle and a number of other awards.