Applying for Schengen Visa to Estonia
Visiting Estonia on a Schengen Visa
Estonia, with its picturesque capital, Tallinn, is another beautiful former Soviet nation among the Baltic states. To travel to Estonia for a short trip lasting fewer than 90 days, you will need an Estonian Schengen Visa, as it is part of the Schengen Area of European countries that have abolished border controls between each other. In general, you are more likely to get approval for your visa in Estonia as it receives relatively few requests and grants 98.4 percent of applications.
Who needs a Schengen Visa to enter Estonia?
If you are traveling to Estonia, you will need a Schengen Visa if you are a citizen of a non-Schengen country without a visa-free travel agreement with the area, or if you have been refused visa-free travel. These short-stay visas can be for business or tourism purposes, as well as family and short study visits or even for medical reasons.
The standard fee for processing a Schengen Visa application is €80 for adults and €40 for minors.
How do I apply for a Schengen Visa to Estonia?
After filling in an Estonian Schengen Visa application form and booking an appointment, you will need supporting documents, which include - two recently taken passport-style photos, a passport or other travel documents that are less than 10 years old and valid for at least three months after your departure date from the Schengen Area. You will also need travel and medical insurance covering you up to costs of €30,000, a cover letter stating your itinerary and the purpose of your visit, as well as a flight itinerary and proof of accommodation during your stay, proof of your civil status, like a marriage certificate, and proof you have means of subsistence during your stay.
Applicants for an Estonian Schengen Visa must prove that they have €100 per day of their stay. They can do this by showing bank statements to prove that their income or investments are enough to support themselves during their stay.
Estonia Visa requirements for a work, business or student visa
If you’re applying for a work visa to Estonia, you will need to provide the embassy/consulate with documents that prove you meet the Estonia Schengen Visa requirements based on your employment status. If employed, you need an employment contract, a current bank statement, a no objection letter from your employer giving you leave to travel, and an income tax return. If self-employed, you will need a copy of your business license, company bank statements, and income tax returns. You will also need an invitation letter regardless of whether you are applying for a longer work visa or a short-stay Schengen Visa for business.
Student visas require proof of enrolment at an Estonian institution, a no objection letter from your place of study in your homeland, and an invitation letter.
Where do I apply for an Estonia Schengen Visa?
You will need to apply to the Estonian embassy or consulate in your country of residence or a visa application center acting on their behalf. The official visa partner of Estonia is VFS Global - so they may act on Estonia’s behalf in your country.
Why choose AXA Schengen Insurance?
Those traveling to the Schengen Area, including Estonia, need travel cover, and AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance only costs €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip and will meet your visa requirements, while the AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000.
Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase the Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
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- What does Schengen mean ?
- What is the Schengen acquis ?
Frequently asked questions about getting an Estonian Schengen Visa
The processing time for an Estonian Schengen Visa may take up to 15 days in a normal situation - but could take up to 60 days to be issued in extreme circumstances. You can apply for your visa up to six months before you travel.
Yes - you can extend your Estonian short-stay visa - but only in exceptional cases or emergencies.
Yes your visa could be revoked if you no longer meet the criteria your visa was issued under.