Estonia visa

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.


Do I Need a Visa to Go to Estonia?

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:

  1. The short stay visa allows you to stay in Estonia for 90 days out of a total of 180 days.
  2. Long-term visa D allows you to stay in Estonia for one year. With a national visa, you can apply for a temporary residence permit, allowing you to stay in Estonia permanently.

You do not need a visa to visit Estonia if:

  1. You are an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen.
  2. You are from a visa-liberalized Schengen country (e.g. USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, etc.). In this case, you can only stay in Estonia for 90 days within a 180-day period. For a longer stay, you need an Estonian national visa.

Difference Between Estonia Schengen Visa and Long-Term Visa

Estonia Schengen Visa:

  1. It is issued for 90 days.
  2. It is Recommended for short stays, travel, etc.
  3. You cannot obtain a residence permit. You must leave Estonia before your visa expires.

Long-term visa for Estonia:

  1. It is issued for 365 days.
  2. More recommended for study, work, business and family reunion purposes.
  3. You can apply for a residence permit and extend your stay indefinitely.

Types of Estonia Visas

There are different types of Estonian visas depending on the situation:

  1. Estonian Schengen Visa. It allows you to visit Estonia for 90 days within a 180-day period. This visa is issued for short-term stays and tourism. Additionally, because Estonia is part of the Schengen Agreement, you can visit other Schengen countries with an Estonian Schengen visa.
  2. Transit visa for Estonia. This visa is issued to passengers who need to transit through an Estonian airport when traveling to a third country. EU/EEA/Swiss citizens do not need a visa to transit through Estonia.
  3. Work visa in Estonia. To work in Estonia, non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals must apply for a work visa. However, your employer must register your employment with the Estonian Police and Border Guard before you plan to apply for a work visa. EU/EEA/Swiss citizens will need to register as Estonian residents in the Estonian population register and apply for an identity card within the first three months of their stay.
  4. Estonia Student Visa. All those who want to study in Estonia and are not from the EU/EEA/Switzerland must apply for a student visa. You can only apply for a student visa after being accepted to an Estonian university or other educational institution. EU/EEA/Swiss citizens who will study in Estonia only need to register their residence with the local authorities and apply for an ID card within the first month.
  5. Family Visa Estonia. If you want to live in Estonia with your family members or partner, you need to apply for an Estonian family visa and a temporary residence permit. It allows you to settle in Estonia, work, study and benefit from the same residence rights as a member of your family.
  6. Investment Visa for Estonia. If you want to invest in a business in Estonia, you must first apply for an Estonian investment visa and temporary residence permit.
  7. Digital Nomad Visa Estonia. To allow freelancers to work in Estonia, the authorities have created a special visa for this purpose, called the Estonian Digital Nomad Visa.
  8. Estonian European Green Card. If you are a skilled worker with the necessary qualifications and are looking for work in Estonia, you need to apply for a residence permit with an EU Blue Card in Estonia.


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Required Documents for an Estonia Visa

Some documents are required to apply for an Estonian visa, such as:

  1. Valid passport. Passport must be valid for at least three months from the date of return and have two blank pages. Attach a copy of your previous visa (if any).
  2. Application form. You must fill out the application form online, print a hard copy and sign at the end. Make sure you fill out the application form sincerely and with all the required information.
  3. Two passport-sized photos. A full-face photo with a bright background. The photo must be taken within the last six months and follow the Schengen visa photo guidelines.
  4. Schengen Medical insurance. Valid health insurance with at least €30,000 coverage within Estonia and the Schengen area.
  5. A cover letter. The cover letter must explain the purpose of your visit to Estonia, the flight date and time, the return date, etc.
  6. Proof of accommodation. Document proof that you have a place to stay in Estonia.
    This document can be:
  7. Civil status. Documents proving your marital status if you are married (marriage certificate), if you have children (child birth certificate) or death certificate of your spouse (if applicable).
  8. Bank statement. This is a document issued by your bank and it must prove that you have at least €100 available per day during your stay in Estonia.
  9. Biometrics (fingerprints). When presenting the required documents to the embassy or consulate, you must present your fingerprints.

Estonia Visa Application Process

  1. Begin by clicking on the “Login” button, which can be found in the menu on the right side of the screen.
  2. If you haven’t registered yet, please register yourself first. After registering, proceed to log in to the panel.
  3. Once you are logged in, navigate to the menu on the left side of the panel.
  4. Select the “Visa Application Form” option from the menu.
  5. Fill out this form with the required information.
  6. Finally, submit the completed form.

Facts About Estonia

Here are some interesting facts about Estonia before you start your trip:

  1. More than half of Estonia is covered in forests, so there are very few people there. However, this also means that different species call Estonia home.
  2. Estonia is known for being home to the world’s densest spa town, Kuressaare, with over 1,200 spa beds.
  3. Estonia has a sport called Wife Carrying, in which men compete in an obstacle course while carrying a female teammate.
  4. Estonia is known to have the highest number of models per capita in the world.
  5. Estonia has spa challenges.
  6. Estonia is known for the most extensive collection of national folk songs globally, over 133,000.
  7. Estonian women and men are considered the third tallest people in the world. 

Estonia Visa Application Processing Time

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.

What Can I Do If My Estonian Visa Application Is Refused?

If your Estonian visa application is refused, you can:

  1. Apply for the same visa again.
  2. Apply for a Schengen visa for another Schengen country and travel to Estonia with the same visa.
  3. Appeal of decision. You can appeal the decision within 30 days of the visa refusal by following the instructions on the visa refusal letter. There is a fee of €20 to appeal the refusal.

The main reasons why your Estonia visa may be refused are:

  1. If you have a criminal record or a current criminal record.
  2. If you have fake travel documents.
  3. If you have a damaged passport.
  4. If any required documents are missing.
  5. If you have incorrect information in your application form.
  6. If you do not arrive on time for your visa appointment.
  7. If you do not have proof of residence.
  8. If you do not have a round-trip airline ticket.
  9. If you lie during the interview for the purpose of your visit.

How Long Can I Stay in Estonia With a Visa?

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.

Estonia Visa Extension

If you want to stay in Estonia for more than three months, you can:

  1. Apply for a long-term visa. A long-term visa will allow you to stay in Estonia for a year.You can work, study and stay in Estonia with a long-term visa.
  2. Request to extend your Schengen visa. Schengen visa extensions are only granted under certain conditions, such as humanitarian reasons.

Estonia Visa Fees

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.

  1. A short stay visa costs €80.
  2. A long-term visa costs €100.
  3. An airport transit visa costs €80.
  4. Schengen visas for children under 15 years old cost €40.

*Attach payment receipt to your Estonia visa application after completing payment of the fee.

Estonia National (Long-Stay) Visas

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.




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