Visa Regulations for Entering Estonia
Citizens of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), and Swiss nationals do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days in Estonia.
Non-EU citizens must obtain a visa for stays exceeding 90 days.
Visitors must have a valid passport with at least three months of validity remaining.
Visitors must provide evidence of sufficient funds for their stay in Estonia and a return or onward ticket.
- How to navigate the regulations:
Visitors should research the requirements for their intended activities in Estonia and plan ahead.
Non-EU citizens may apply for a visa at the nearest Estonian embassy or consulate.
Visitors should familiarize themselves with the immigration laws and regulations of Estonia.
Types of Visas in Estonia
- Short-Term Visa:
Issued for stays up to 90 days in Estonia. This visa is suitable for tourism, business, and visiting family or friends.
- Long-Term Visa:
Issued for stays exceeding 90 days in Estonia. This visa is suitable for work, study, and family reunification.
- Residence Permit:
Issued to individuals who wish to reside in Estonia for an extended period. The residence permit is valid for up to five years and requires a job offer from an Estonian employer or acceptance into an educational institution in Estonia.
Visa Exemptions in Estonia
As mentioned above, citizens of the EU, EEA, and Switzerland do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days in Estonia.
It’s advisable to check the official Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for the latest information on visa exemptions.
Relationship between Visas and Residency Status in Estonia
Visitors who wish to reside in Estonia for an extended period may be required to obtain a long-term visa or a residence permit. The type of visa or permit will depend on the individual’s purpose, such as work, study, or family reunification.
Residence permits are valid for up to five years and can be renewed.
Reliable Information on Visas for Entry into Estonia
- Official Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website:
This website provides information on the visa requirements and regulations for entering Estonia.
- Estonian Embassies and Consulates:
Visitors may contact the nearest Estonian embassy or consulate for information on visa requirements and procedures.
How and When to Apply for a Visa for Estonia
Estonia is a member of the European Union and the Schengen Area, so citizens of the United States and United Kingdom may be able to enter without a visa for short stays. However, in certain circumstances, a visa may be required. Visas for Estonia can be obtained through the Embassy of Estonia in the applicant’s home country or through a consulate if one is available. It is recommended to apply for the visa well in advance of the planned trip to ensure that there is enough time for processing.
The relevant authority for obtaining a visa for Estonia is the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry’s website provides information on the visa application process and requirements: https://vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-territories-whose-citizens-need-visa
Consulates for US and UK Expat
For US citizens, the Embassy of Estonia in Washington, D.C. is the primary point of contact for visa applications: https://washington.mfa.ee/
For UK citizens, the Embassy of Estonia in London is the primary point of contact for visa applications: https://london.mfa.ee/
Documents Required to Apply for a Visa for Estonia
The following documents are required to apply for a visa for Estonia:
- Completed visa application form
- Passport with at least 6 months validity
- 1 passport-sized photo
- Proof of financial means to support stay in Estonia (e.g. bank statement)
- Proof of travel itinerary (e.g. flight and hotel reservations)
- Proof of health insurance
- Proof of accommodation in Estonia (e.g. hotel reservation)
- Proof of purpose of stay (e.g. invitation letter, business activities)
For more information on the required documents and whether translations are necessary, visit the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website: https://vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-territories-whose-citizens-need-visa
Processing Time for a Visa for Estonia
The processing time for a visa for Estonia varies, but it typically takes 5-10 business days for a decision to be made on the application. It is recommended to apply for the visa well in advance of the planned trip to ensure that there is enough time for processing.
Costs Associated with Applying for a Visa for Estonia
The cost of applying for a visa for Estonia is 80 euros. Other associated costs may include the cost of obtaining necessary documents (e.g. health insurance, travel itinerary), passport photos, and shipping or courier fees to send the required documents to the relevant authority or consulate.