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A northern European Baltic country bordered by Latvia to the south and Russia to the east, Estonia extends into the Baltic sea to the west. Also comprised of multiple large islands, Estonia is separated from Finland by the Gulf of Finland.
Apply for a Schengen Estonian Visa
Estonia Schengen Visa. It allows you to visit Estonia for 90 days within 180 days. This visa is issued for short visits and tourism. Furthermore, since Estonia is a part of the Schengen Agreement, you can visit other Schengen countries with a Schengen visa for Estonia.
Yes. According to the Schengen rules, the Schengen Visa is generally valid for all the countries in the Schengen Area.
Estonia Visa Free Travel
If you are from a country that has a visa-free arrangement with the Schengen Area - countries that include the U.K., U.S., and Canada - you don’t need to apply for a visa. But you will need to apply for approval via the ETIAS system from the end of 2022. This collects biometric data and performs basic background checks on those wishing to travel to the Schengen Area.
Estonia Visa Requirements
travel document (passport). Travel document must be issued within last 10 years, must be valid at least three months beyond the intended departure from Schengen area and must include at least two free pages intended for affixing visas;
valid US residence permit or resident visa type A, E, F, G, H, I, J, L, O, R. F visa holders must present together with visa also the form I-20 with valid travel endorsement. J visa holders must additionally present form DS-2019 (J1) with valid travel endorsement. Attention! Green card, visa and additional forms must be presented in original together with a copy;
Estonian Schengen visa application form. Form must be filled in on this webpage, printed and signed;
one color photo 3.5 x 4.5 cm (1.4” x 1.8”). Photo must meet ICAO requirements and should not be older than six months. Photo must be glued on the visa application from (not stapled!);
travel medical insurance with cover at least 30,000 Euros (31,000 US dollars). Insurance must be valid in all Schengen Member States and it must cover at least first planned trip to the Schengen area;
proof of travel arrangements. Flight (roundtrip) reservations or other proof of intended transport and full itinerary (if several Schengen States will be visited or if the trip covers several Schengen States and non-Schengen countries);
proof of accommodation for the period of visiting Schengen area: confirmed hotel reservations, stating name, address and telephone number of the hotel, including confirmation number or the certificate of the travel agency mentioning same information, or other proof of accommodation (e.g. rental agreement);
proof of sufficient means of subsistence for the intended journey (applicant must prove that he or she has at least 130.80 Euros for each day in Estonia):
for employed applicant: bank account statement(s) during the last three months (bank statements must show the name and address of owner(s). Electronic printouts are accepted.); proof of regular income e.g. pay slips of the last three months;
self-employed applicant: tax return from previous fiscal year or proof of previous economic activity and of an income during previous fiscal year;
retired applicant: copy of pension certificate or a letter of previous employer or a pension check stub or confirmation from the responsible authority about the amount of pension;
in case of business, if applicable, letter stating that all expenses are fully covered by. (e.g. a written proof that the inviting employer/company pays the expenses or alternative the sending employer/company pays for all expenses)
in case of students/researchers, if applicable, letter stating that all expenses are fully covered by.
if the applicant is minor and travels without parents or with one parent: officially recognized statement from both parents (this condition shall not apply if there is only a single parent or he/she holds the parental authority alone) or legal guardian authorizing the child to travel and covering the costs with evidence on the existence of the financial coverage (see previous paragraphs).
Estonian Schengen Visa Application
Estonia Schengen Visa Fee
In Estonian representations in US visa fee is paid in US dollars, for information about amount of the fee in US dollars please visit this webpage.
Visa fee for examining Schengen visa application is 80 Euros. Visa fee for children 6-11 years is 40 Euros. Children under 6 years does not pay visa fee.
Visa fee for citizens of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine is 35 Euros.
Visa fee for citizens of Cabo Verde is 60 Euros.
Following applicants are exempted from paying the visa fee:
children below six;
a family member of an Estonian citizen or an EU/ EEA citizen who meet the requirements in Directive 2004/38/EU. Please note that the directive shall apply to all Union citizens who move or reside in a Member State other than that of which they are national, and to their family members who accompany or join them;
persons who intend to attend meetings of the United Nations or its organizations, the Council of Europe, the European Union or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to be held in Estonia;
school children, students, post-graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purpose only of study or educational training;
researchers coming from third countries travelling in the Community for conducting scientific research with a view to facilitating proceedings carried out by Member States for issuing uniform short -stay visas;
persons invited by Parliament or the Estonian Government;
anyone who, by virtue of an international convention, is entitled to a visa free of charge;
representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations;
holders of diplomatic and service passports.
Citizens of certain countries can be exempted from paying the visa fee according to Visa Facilitation Agreements.
Visa fee can be paid in the Consulate in US Dollars by bank card or in Euros by bank transfer to the bank account of Estonian Ministry of Finance. For more information please visit this webpage.
Estonia Visa Processing Time
The processing time for an Estonia visa is 15 to 60 days. However, the processing time depends on when you submit the documents or your specific case. Therefore, ensure you fulfill all the requested steps, so there are no delays in your visa response.
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Estonia Visa Policy
Estonia maintains the same visa policy as other countries in the Schengen zone because it is also a Schengen country. Under the Schengen visa policy, several factors, regulations, and rules determine the requirements and privileges enjoyed by foreigners coming to the country.
The visa policy also determines the duration and purpose of visits.
After signing the Schengen Agreement, Estonia became a borderless state allowing the freedom of entry and exit of Schengen citizens, including foreigners with Schengen visas issued by other member nations. Under the policy, citizens of member states can enter Estonia and stay unlimited without holding visas. They can also travel with only a valid ID card if they don’t have valid passports.
On the other hand, citizens of other countries fall into two categories; one group is those from visa-free countries, and the other group is those who require visas. The visa-free group must present valid passports and a special entry document called the European Travel Information and Authorization System permit. This document allows them to stay in Estonia without visas for 90 days.
Those not from visa-exempt countries must visit the Estonian foreign mission office abroad or a licensed agent of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Estonia to apply for a Schengen visa. The Schengen visa is valid for 180 days, and the holder can stay in the country for 90 days.
This visa can also be accepted as a legal entry document in other Schengen countries. Schengen visas are issued for tourism, business, or transit visitors.
The Estonian government will mandate all visitors from visa-exempt countries to show Etias approval at the entry point from 2024 and thereon. Fully called the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), this document is a brainchild of the European Commission and all member states in the Schengen zone. It is a visa waiver document with multiple entry features valid for three years. ETIAS is a pre-screening program designed to screen the data of visitors for threats.
Before, visa-exempt visitors only required valid passports to enter Estonia or any Schengen country. However, all that is set to change with the introduction of ETIAS. Although the visa-free regime is still in place for such visitors, they must pass the ETIAS screening test before they are allowed into the Schengen zone.
Applicants must complete an online application form, attach the necessary documents and pay an application fee if they are between the ages of 7-79. The application takes a couple of minutes to process, and once approved, it is forwarded to the applicant’s email address. Applications that trigger security alerts will be outrightly rejected. At the same time, those with suspicious data will be forwarded to the Local ETIAS unit in Estonia for further review before a final decision is taken on whether to approve or reject the application.
Etias aims to improve the border security of European countries in general to counter the growing threats of terrorism and illegal migration. Furthermore, visitors with ETIAS can stay in Estonia for 90 days but may choose to visit other countries in the zone with the same document.
Note: Bulgaria, Romania, and Cyprus also accept ETIAS holders into their domains without demanding visas despite not being Schengen countries.
Key Information About Estonia ETIAS
Applicants should remember the following when applying for this online authorization for short visits.
Non-Convertible: This document is not a visa and can’t be converted at any point after it is issued. Holders will not be entitled to additional permits during their stay in the host nation or any other nation that observes Schengen protocols. It is for short visits of noncommercial nature only.
Eligibility: This authorization is not for all foreigners but only those from visa-exempt countries.
If you qualify for visa-free entry under the universal visa waiver program, you are eligible for ETIAS; if not, apply for a Schengen visa.
Limitations: There are a few limitations you should bear in mind as you apply for ETIAS for your next trip. This permit is not a work-for-study visa, so you are not allowed to work in Estonia or study in any of its academic institutions. Secondly, you can stay in the country for up to 90 days within 180 days. If you wish to visit several countries, you should endeavor to plan your itinerary accordingly so you don’t spend more than the allotted time in these countries.
Financial Sufficiency: All visitors coming to Estonia are expected to have sufficient funds at hand to cover their travel expenses. If they have accommodation in place, the minimum daily amount requirement will reduce. Do check for the current daily amount requirement before leaving your country.
Approved Routes: Visitors to Estonia are advised only to enter using approved routes. Air Passengers must use designated airports for international travelers. Please use approved routes to avoid entry denial or delays.
Passports: The passport used for the trip must be the same one in the application form and approved ETIAS. They are to say that the passport presented to border control agents should be the same one used for the application because your ETIAS is linked to it. You must use a different passport to be allowed into the country. Applicants should also ensure that their passport’s validity covers their stay in the country.
Estonia Visa Online – Get your Estonia e-Visa with VisaHQ
Are you traveling to Estonia soon? You may want to apply for an online entry permit called ETIAS if you are from an eligible country. Estonia offers an online travel authorization document to persons from selected countries for short visits, and the application form is available on VisaHQ.
How To Apply For ETIAS With VisaHQ
You only need a few steps to complete your application with VisaHQ. Here they are.
Fill out the application form: The first thing you have to do is fill out the application form with your details. Ensure there are no mistakes and that your details conform with what is on your travel documents.
Upload documents: The next step is to upload your travel documents as required for the ETIAS you are applying for.
Pay the application fee: Pay the nonrefundable application fee with your credit or debit card. Then submit the form.
Get your ETIAS: The system will process your application in a few minutes, and if approved, the authorization will be forwarded to your email.
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