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Complete guide to obtaining an Estonia Schengen visa for tourists, the application steps, the required documents, and FAQs

If you want to visit Estonia and explore the beautiful landscapes, you may need to apply for an Estonian tourist visa if you are from a country that does not have a visa-free agreement with Estonia and the Schengen Area.  

An Estonian tourist visa allows you to stay in Estonia for 90 days within six months; it also allows you to visit 25 other Schengen countries. 

Do I Need a Tourist Visa to Visit Estonia?

You do not need a tourist visa to visit Estonia if you are a:

  • Citizen from a country that is part of the visa-free agreement with Schengen and you want to visit Estonia for a short trip lasting 90 days. 
  • Citizen from the EU/EEA or Switzerland.  

Everyone who is not a part of the countries above needs a visa to visit Estonia. Depending on how long you plan to visit Estonia, you can apply for a short-term visa that allows you to stay in Estonia for 90 days, or you can apply for a long-term visa that will allow you to stay in Estonia for 365 days.  

Document Checklist for Estonia Schengen Visa

You must submit these documents at the nearest embassy/consulate of Estonia in your home country when applying for a Schengen Estonian visa:

  • Valid passport. The passport must be valid at least three months before the return date with two blank pages. Include a copy of your previous visas, if any. Your passport must be in good condition. 
  • Two passport-sized photos. The photos must be in colors and light background, taken within the last six months. 
  • Application form. Fulfill the application form online, sincerely and with all the requested information. Any false information can lead to your visa refusal. 
  • Fee payment. The fee payment for your application form must be made when submitting the documents to the embassy or consulate. 
  • Health insurance. Valid health insurance covering the Schengen area with a coverage of €30,000 in case of any medical problem while staying in Estonia. 
  • Bank statements. Documents from the last six months of your bank statement. Proof that you will be able to finance yourself while staying in Estonia. You must demonstrate that you have at least €100 per day. 
  • A cover letter. The cover letter must include detailed information regarding your trip to Estonia: the purpose of your visit, flying date and time, return date, etc. 
  • Flight itinerary. The flight itinerary is a document proving that you have a return ticket to your home country after your trip ends. 
  • Proof of accommodation. Document proof that you have a place to stay in Estonia. You can provide a rental agreement document, hotel reservation, invitation letter from a family member, friend, etc. 
  • Civil status documents. Include proof of your civil status, marriage certificate (if married), birth certificate of children (if you have children),  death certificate of spouse, and ration card (if applicable). 

How to Apply for an Estonia Schengen Visa?

Here are the steps you need to follow to apply for an Estonian Schengen visa. 

  1. Find the nearest consulate or embassy of Estonia in your home country. Suppose there is no consulate or embassy in Estonia. In that case, you can contact another Schengen country embassy representing Estonian interests or contact an agency where you can apply for an Estonian visa. 
  2. Book an appointment. You must contact the embassy and book an appointment. The appointment is essential to have a faster and easier experience when applying for a visa. 
  3. Fill out the application form. You must fill out the application form online select the short-stay C visa, print a hard copy, and sign it at the end. Do not leave any blank spaces. 
  4. Gather all the required documents and submit them to the consulate or embassy. Make sure you submit all the requested documents to the embassy or consulate. You may be asked to be interviewed when submitting the requested documents for your visa appointment. 
  5. Wait for a response. After you finish all the demanded steps, you have to wait for a response. You will receive a response text or email from the embassy or consulate of your hometown that you have applied to with the result of your visa application within 15 to 30 days. 

Important: All documents must be original or notarized and translated into Estonian or English. 

Estonia Schengen Visa Processing Time

The processing time for an Estonian Schengen visa is 15 days. The processing time can be extended depending on your case or when you submit your application. If you apply on holidays time, summertime the embassy can extend your processing time to 60 days, so make sure you submit your application at least 45 days before your visa appointment

Estonia Schengen Visa Fee

The fee for an Estonian Schengen visa fee depends on the age and from the country you come. The visa fees are as follows: 

  • €80 – the standard visa fee for adults. 
  • €40 – for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old.
  • €35 – for citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia.

Important: The embassy will direct you to where you can make the payment. You can make the payment with cash, card, or credit card. Make sure you take the receipt of the payment with you. 

Who is Exempted from the Estonian Schengen Visa Fee?

Exempted from the visa Estonia Schengen visa fee are:

  • Citizens and family members of EU/EEA/Swiss. 
  • Children under the age of 6.
  • Scientists who are traveling for scientific purposes. 
  • Students that are traveling for cultural or educational events.
  • Organized people who are traveling with non-profit organizations.

How Long Can I Stay in Estonia With a Schengen Visa?

The validity of an Estonian Schengen visa is maximum 90 days within a period of 180 days. The Schengen visa is issued with the following conditions:

  • Single-entry. The single-entry visa allows you to enter Estonia only once. If you leave Estonia, you can’t return anymore. You can visit other Schengen countries too.  
  • Multiple-entry. The multiple-entry visa allows you to enter Estonia multiple times. You can visit other Schengen countries too. Even if you leave Estonia, you can return and stay there for as long as your visa is still valid. 

Can I Extend an Estonia Schengen Visa?

The Schengen Estonian visa can be extended only in exceptional cases, which prevent you from leaving Estonia:

  • If you have a solid personal reason, like marriage, death in the family, helping a friend, etc.  
  • A natural disaster that is happening in your home country. 
  • If your country is facing some serious political issues.

*If you are applying for a visa extension for personal reasons. You will need to pay a fee of €30. But if you are applying for other reasons, you are exempted from your visa fee.  

Is Estonia Part of Schengen Area?

Yes, Estonia is part of the Schengen Agreement. It became a part of the Schengen Agreement on 21 December 2007, meaning that citizens of Estonia will be able to visit, study, and work the in 25 other Schengen countries without a visa. This also means that visitors who are issued an Estonian visa can also visit the other Schengen countries.

Can I Study in Estonia With a Schengen Visa? 

With an Estonian Schengen visa, you will be able to finish any course that lasts 90 days. However, you will not be able to finish your studies for a (BA or MA degree). To be able to finish your studies, you will need to apply for an Estonia student visa

Can I Work in Estonia With a Schengen Visa?

No, you will not be able to work in Estonia with a Schengen visa. You will need to apply for a work visa to work in Estonia. The work stay visa will allow you to stay in Estonia for 365 days. 

Places to Visit in Estonia

Some of the most famous places to visit in Estonia are: 

  • Tallinn. Tallinn is one of the most famous places to visit in Estonia. The city’s heart is called Toompeait, and it is famous for having 15th-century buildings. It has a small area that is accessible on foot. Some of the most famous places in the country are shops on Viru Street, the 14th century Town Hall, and the wealthy 19th century Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
  • Tartu. Tartu city is known for being the oldest city in the nation and having the famous University of Tartu. One of the most fantastic things in Tartu is the soup neighborhood. In the soup neighborhood, every street is named after different soup ingredients such as beans, peas, or potatoes.
  • Lahemaa National Park. Lahemma national park is one of the most famous parks in Estonia. It is just one hour driving away from the capital, meaning it is perfect for a day trip. There is a 5km boardwalk that will give you the perfect view.  
  • Parnu. Parnu river is known as the summer capital. Citizens of Estonia and different tourists that plan to visit Estonia in summer spend quality time in Parnu. Parnu is a beautiful beach that has white sand and gorgeous dunes. There is a popular indoor water park in Parnu where you can have a perfect time. 
  • Hiiumaa. Hiiumaa is one of the most beautiful islands in Estonia. However, you must take a plane from Tallinn to visit Hiiumma. You can swim, surf, sail and hike there, and it is a beautiful place for those looking for a quiet place.
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