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.
Can I use my Schengen Visa to enter another country?
Yes. According to the Schengen rules, the Schengen Visa is generally valid for all the countries in the Schengen Area.
Visa-free travel to Estonia
If you are from a country that has a visa-free arrangement with the Schengen Area - countries that include the U.K., U.S., and Canada - you don’t need to apply for a visa. But you will need to apply for approval via the ETIAS system from the end of 2023. This collects biometric data and performs basic background checks on those wishing to travel to the Schengen Area.
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 €22 ($24) per week 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 €328 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
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Frequently asked questions about getting an Estonian Schengen Visa
Do I need a visa to visit Estonia?
Estonia is part of the Schengen Area - currently formed by 27 states who do not need a visa to travel between each other. Many other countries have visa-free arrangements with the Schengen Area - but those who do not will need a Schengen Visa.
Which is the easiest country to obtain a Schengen Visa from?
In general - Lithuania is the easiest country to obtain a Schengen Visa from - with officials granting 98.7 percent of applications.
How much is the Estonian Schengen Visa fee?
The standard Schengen Visa fee is €80 - with those between six and 12 years of age costing €40. Children younger than this can travel for free.