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Step by step guide to applying for an Estonia Visa

Estonia is a beautiful place to visit, live, or work. 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. 

Where Can I Apply for an Estonian Visa? 

To apply for an Estonia visa, you must book an appointment at one of the following:

  • The nearest Consulate or Embassy in your home country.
  • Another Schengen country consulate that represents Estonia’s interests (if there is no Estonia consulate in your country). 
  • A visa agency that offers the opportunity to apply through it. 

Find the Estonia consulates and embassies abroad here.  

How to Apply for an Estonia Visa? 

Follow these steps when applying for an Estonia visa:

  1. Book an appointment with the Estonian embassy or consulate. 
  2. Gather and submit the requested documents at the embassy/consulate.
  3. Attend the visa interview.
  4. Wait for a response.  

Book an Appointment with the Estonian Embassy/Consulate

You must contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Estonia in your home country and book an appointment. Booking an appointment for your visa application is an essential step. 

Keep in mind that many applicants can apply daily for a visa, so make sure you make the appointment at least two weeks before the planned travel date, so you do not face any delays. 

Submit the Required Documents at the Estonian Embassy/Consulate 

To apply for an Estonia visa, you must submit the following documents at the nearest embassy/consulate of Estonia in your home country:  

  • Passport. The passport must be valid at least three months after the return date, and it must have two blank pages. Include a copy of previous visas (if any). 
  • Application form. Fill out the application form online sincerely, and sign it at the end. Do not leave any blank spaces. 
  • Two photos. Photos must be passport-size, with colors and a light background. For further information, follow the Schengen visa photo guidelines. 
  • Health insurance. Document proof that you have valid health insurance covering the whole Schengen area with a coverage of €30,000 if you face any medical problem while traveling. 
  • Cover letter. The cover letter must explain your trip to Estonia, including the purpose of your visit, how long you plan to stay, which countries you plan to visit, etc. 
  • Flight itinerary. The flight itinerary is a document that includes your flight details, including the date and time you plan on flying, the airplane agency name, etc. 
  • Accommodation proof. Proof that you have a place to stay in Estonia. This documented proof can be a letter of invitation from a friend or a family member, a rental agreement, etc. 
  • Civil status. Document proof of your civil status if you are married (marriage certificate), if you are living together (evidence that you live together), if you have a child (birth certificate of the child), etc. 
  • Bank statement. The bank statement document is issued from the last six months from your bank. It must prove that you will be able to finance yourself while being in Estonia. 

Note: The documents must be officially translated into English or Estonian. Any missing document can lead to your visa refusal. 

Attend the Visa Interview

When submitting the documents to the Estonian embassy/consulate, you may be requested to be interviewed. The interview will contain questions regarding your visit to Estonia, the purpose of your visit, how long you plan to stay, etc. You will find the most common questions listed below in the ‘Estonian Visa Application Interview Questions’

Wait for a Response

After submitting the requested documents, the application form, and attending the interview, the next step is waiting for a response from the embassy with your visa result. You will receive a response via email or text message within 15 to 30 days. 

Estonia Visa Application Interview Questions

Here are the most common questions when applying for a visa in Estonia. 

  • Are you married?
  • What is the purpose of your visit to Estonia?
  • Do you have children? If yes, how many?
  • Do you have any family members living in Estonia?
  • How long do you plan to stay in Estonia? 
  • Do you pay taxes in your home country?
  • Have you ever flown to any other Schengen countries?
  • Your bank statement?
  • What do you work for in your home country?
  • What is your educational qualification? 

How to Pay the Estonian Visa Fee?

You can make the payment for your visa fee in the embassy or consulate when submitting the documents. You can make the payment in cash, card, or credit card. However, the visa fee payment method can change depending on where you apply. So make sure you follow the consulate’s requirements or the embassy you apply to. 

The fees for an Estonia visa depend on the type of visa that you are applying for.

How Long Should I Wait to Get my Estonia Visa After Applying?

The processing time for an Estonia visa is 15 to 30 days. You will receive a response from the embassy for your visa application via text or email. Depending on the time you submit the documents and your case, the processing time can be even longer. 

Entering Estonia After Receiving a Visa 

If you are entering Estonia with a Schengen visa for tourism or visit purposes, there isn’t any rule to be followed after entering. If you are entering Estonia with a long-term visa, that means you will stay in Estonia for longer than three months to one year. You must apply for a residence permit at the Police and Border Guard Board service offices to be issued a residence permit. 

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