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Estonia is the northernmost country of the Baltic region in north-eastern Europe. It is part of the Schengen Agreement, therefore it’s visa policy is somewhat determined by the common Schengen rules. Depending on the purpose of your visit, different visas are available, such as work, family reunification, study, or investment visas.
However, if you want to visit Estonia, first, you must check if you need an Estonian visa. If you are from a country that requires a visa, you can apply for either a short-stay or a long-stay visa.
You need a visa to visit Estonia if you are from a non-EU/EEA/Switzerland country that does not have a visa-free agreement with Schengen.
You can apply for:
You do not need a visa to visit Estonia if:
There are different types of Estonian visas depending on the situation:
Some documents are required to apply for an Estonian visa, such as:
Here are some interesting facts about Estonia before you start your trip:
Estonian visa processing time is 15 to 60 days. However, processing time depends on when you submit your application or your specific case.
Therefore, please ensure you complete all required steps to avoid delays in responding to your visa application.
If your Estonian visa application is refused, you can:
The main reasons why your Estonia visa may be refused are:
Depending on the length of your stay in Estonia and the type of visa you apply for, you can stay in Estonia for 90 days with a short-term stay visa or one year with a long-term stay visa.
You can calculate your short stay in Estonia online using this calculator.
If you want to stay in Estonia for more than three months, you can:
You can complete the payment of the visa fee at the Estonian embassy/consulate in your country when submitting your application. However, Estonian visa application fees may vary depending on the type of visa you are applying for, your age or location.
*Attach payment receipt to your Estonia visa application after completing payment of the fee.
Long-term visas in Estonia are issued for a maximum period of one year, depending on the purpose of your stay. It can be issued for work, study, family reunion, retirement or investment. Additionally, this type of visa can be extended or converted into a temporary residence permit.
With a long-term D visa, you can visit other Schengen countries for 90 days.