Applying for a Schengen visa
NB! Dear applicant, please be informed that starting from January 11, 2021 the Embassy will stop accepting documents for a Schengen visa (category-C). All required information can be obtained from the VFS Global Center Office.
NB! In exceptional cases, the following foreigners can apply for a Schengen visa:
- Crossing the state border in order to enter Estonia is allowed for foreigners who do not have symptoms and are employees of diplomatic missions or consular posts of foreign states in Estonia, as well as their family members or foreigners: arriving in Estonia as part of international military cooperation;
- Crossing the state border in order to enter Estonia is allowed for foreigners who do not have symptoms and whose arrival in Estonia is related to maintenance, repair or warranty or information and communication work on the equipment of an enterprise operating in Estonia, if necessary to ensure the operation of the company ;
- applicants who are directly related to the transport of goods and raw materials;
- applicants who will travel for humanitarian reasons (illness, funeral of a close relative);
- applicants who provide medical care or other emergency services;
- persons who have a direct descendant or an ascendant or a spouse who is an Estonian citizen, a person with a residence permit in Estonia or the right to reside.
We remind you that obtaining a visa is not a guarantee of crossing the border. The decision rests with the border control service of the country whose border you cross.
Diplomatic missions and consular posts of Estonia are following when processing visa applications the regulation establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code).Visa Code establishes the procedures and conditions for issuing visas for transit and stays in the territory of the Member States not exceeding three months in any six-month period.
At the time of submission of the application, 10 fingerprints of the applicant will be collected. Therefore, you must submit your visa application to the Embassy of Estonia in person.
The following applicants shall be exempt from the requirement to give fingerprints:
- children under the age of 12;
- persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible;
- heads of state or government and members of national government with accompanying spouses, and the members of their official delegation when they are invited by Member States’ governments or by international organisations for an official purpose;
- sovereigns and other senior members of a royal family, when they are invited by Member States’ governments or by international organisations for an official purpose.
Visa application may also be submitted through an authorised representative or a commercial intermediary. A representative may be:
- A legal representative of a minor or of a person whose active legal capacity is restricted by a court – a legal representative shall together with the visa application submit a document certifying the right of representation;
- A minor is person under 18 years of age. A person who is at least 15 years old may submit a visa application in person;
- Couriers of state agencies, administrative or local government agencies or international organisations;
- Other persons holding the respective authorisation document – to that group mostly belong the representatives of tourist agencies, who are also competent to explain the travel arrangement and the purposes of the travel.
At the request of a consular officer, you are required to appear at the Embassy in person in order to provide explanations concerning facts which are relevant in application for the visa.
A visa application should in principle be lodged at least 15 calendar days before the intended visit and cannot be lodged earlier than three months before the start of the intended visit.
The processing time at the Embassy of Estonia is 15 calendar days. That period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed or in cases of representation where the authorities of the represented Member State are consulted. Exceptionally, when additional documentation is needed in specific cases, the period may be extended up to a maximum of 60 calendar days.