Information for expats in Estonia regarding Ukrainian crisis

9. March 2022

The ongoing war in Ukraine may have created worries and questions in many people’s heads in Estonia, including the foreign nationals living in Estonia. Estonia is a member of the European Union (EU) and NATO. Arising from this membership, these organisations have responsibilities towards us, which assures security of Estonia and every resident of Estonia. We would like to emphasize that there is no direct threat of war against Estonia currently..


Various examples of these responsibilities already being fulfilled can be found in the recent developments. Estonia’s Allies have deployed defensive land and air forces in the eastern part of the Alliance, and maritime assets across the NATO area. A set of high-level visits from different allies constantly reassure that Estonia’s security is backed up on a political level too.


In addition to defence of Estonia being reassured, private citizens do not have to worry about individual security concerns such as food shortages or fuel shortages. Estonia has state reserves of food, fuel and other essential supplies. Individuals do not have to stockpile these items. For more information on state reserves, please visit:


While Estonia is not under any threat of war, if you still feel like you are concerned about the developments and your own safety, it is always good to seek professional help and not be alone with your worries. For that you can turn to Ohrviabi, which is a state backed mental-health consultation service. You can call or chat with them 24/7 for free, in Estonian, English and Russian. More information and contact:


To get most up to date information regarding any information on crisis, including the security situation in Ukraine, please visit the government’s website:

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