Required Documents for Estonia Schengen Visa
Documents for an Estonian Schengen visa application must be completed or translated into English or Estonian.
- Valid passport
- At least 2 blank pages
- With the applicant’s signature
- Not more than 10 years old
- Valid for at least 3 months after the expiration of the requested visa
- Previous passport, if applicable
- Passport-sized photos
- Size 3.5 x 4.5 cm
- Plain white background
- Taken within the past 6 months
- Forward-facing with facial features visible and clear
- Completed application form
- Biometric data (Fingerprints)
- Estonia Visa fee
- Documents pertinent to your trip
- Travel Itinerary or plan
- Proof of return to the country of residence or forward ticket to another country
- Reason for travel to Estonia
- Flight reservations
- Proof of financial means (bank statements over the last 3-month period, personal properties, and/or other assets)
- Proof of accommodations (with booking reference number, location, and contact number of the hotel)
- Travel medical insurance
- Valid through the entire visa period
- Valid in all Schengen countries
- A minimum coverage of 30,000 EUR must be purchased
- Insurance conditions such as validity, duration, and extent of your coverage to be clearly stated on the confirmation letter or insurance document
- Employment letter with the following information:
- Name and address of employer
- Nature of employment
- Starting date of employment
- Purpose of travel
- Duration of time off from work for travel
- Scans (copies) of:
- Personal-ID page of passport.
- Older Schengen visas (if relevant).
- Residence permit (if relevant).
- Applicants below the age of 18 are required to submit the following additional requirements:
- Copy of birth certificate
- If the minor applicant is adopted, adoption documents are required
- If the minor applicant's parents are divorced, divorce papers are required
- If the minor applicant's parents are deceased, death certificates are required
- Letter of consent from both parents or legal guardians
- Passport copies of both parents or legal guardians
- It may also be necessary to submit supplementary documents in relation to your travel visa application.
Estonia Schengen Visa Fees
The standard fee for the application of an Estonian Schengen visa is 80 EUR. However, there are particular applicants who are exempted from fees, such as most student visas and visas for children below the age of 6. Applicants will probably have to pay a separate, non-refundable service payment with their application.
Estonia Visa Application Steps
- Step 1: Prepare all the required documents.
- Step 2: Select “Tourism” as the reason for travel on the visa application form.
- Step 3: Decide the number of entries needed to Estonia or the Schengen area.
- Step 4: Fill out the application form.
- Application procedures for an Estonian Schengen visa may vary, depending on where you are applying from. Applicants may have to apply online through the country’s online visa system. The portal can be accessed here. Create an account, fill out the application form and print it.
- Alternatively, applicants can download, complete, and print out the form here. The paper copies must be submitted to the Estonian Consulate or visa processing center. Contact the consulate or visa processing center directly to determine the best way to access the application.
- Step 5: Schedule a visa appointment, if applicable.
- Most applications require an in-person appointment at the nearest Estonian Consulate or visa center in order to submit the application. Alternatively, applications may be submitted without prior appointment during normal operating hours. Contact the Estonian Consulate or visa center to determine if there is a need to schedule an appointment.
- Step 6: Submit your Estonia Schengen visa application.
- Note: Applications must be submitted at least 15 days before the date of travel but not earlier than 6 months before the date of travel.
- Generally, applications must be submitted in person to the Estonian Consulate or visa processing center. However, there may be a few differences in the submission procedures.
- Applicants will likely be required to submit their fingerprints (biometric data). Children below the age of 12 are exempted from biometric data collection, but facial photo capturing is a must, regardless of the applicant’s age.
- Applicants may also be asked to come back on another date for an interview regarding their trip.
- Step 7: Pay the visa application fee.
When to Apply for Estonia Schengen Visa
Visa applications must be submitted at least 15 days before the travel date but no earlier than 6 months before the travel date.
Where to Apply
Applications should be submitted personally either through the Estonian Consulate, or the consulate of a country that represents the consular affairs of Estonia.
In countries without any Estonian consulate, applications may be submitted through a Schengen state consulate representing the interests of an Estonian consulate. Applicants can see the list of Schengen member states representing Estonian consular interests abroad here.
A list of Estonian embassies and consulates is available here.
Applications should be submitted only in the country of citizenship or residence.
Estonia Visa Processing Time
Generally, it takes approximately 15 days to process Estonia Schengen visa applications. However, in some cases it might take as long as 60 days.
For approved visa applications:
Applicants must ensure that the information on the visa is complete and valid upon collection.
Applicants who have received their Schengen Visa for Estonia should remember the following things:
- Inform the Estonian Consulate or visa application center of any change to your itinerary after submission is completed.
- The approval of a Schengen visa does not guarantee entry upon arrival to Estonia or other countries in the Schengen area.
- Additional documents pertaining to your financial means or accommodation may still be required to gain entry to Estonia or other Schengen areas.
For denied Estonia visa applications:
- If your application for an Estonian Schengen visa was rejected, you have the right to appeal the decision within 30 days.
- You will receive a visa refusal form which has information on why your visa was denied and the procedures of the appeal process.
- The appeal should be in writing in either English or Estonian or translated into Estonian. Additionally, this form has to be downloaded and filled out.
- The application must be submitted to the consulate that rejected the application.
- Applicants whose appeals were rejected can submit another appeal to the Consular Department of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- All appeals should be submitted by applicants whose visa applications were rejected, their representatives, or by mail.
- A non-refundable fee of 20 EUR must be paid for the appeal to be processed.