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Long-stay (D) visa

Holders of long-stay visas are not automatically entitled to enter Estonia or the Schengen area but must respect the travel restrictions in place. Current travel restrictions can be found on the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website HERE.

Long-stay (D) visa can be applied for a number of reasons, such as study, work or family relations. It may be issued for single or multiple entries into Estonia with a period of validity up to twelve months and with the period of stay up to 365 days.

A long-stay visa must be applied for in person at an Estonian representation or at the Police and Border Guard Board (PBGB/PPA) in Estonia. At the time of submission of the application, 10 fingerprints of the applicant will be collected.

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.

All applicants must present the following mandatory documents:

  • a valid travel document which is issued within previous 10 years, contains at least two blank pages for visas and is valid at least 3 months after the expiration date of the visa;
  • an application form, to be filled out online, printed out and signed at the end of each page and at the end of the form;
  • a photo (size 35×45 mm);
  • an insurance policy covering expenses due to illness or injury during the period of validity of the visa, in case of a multiple entry visa until the end of the first intended period of stay;
  • documents indicating the purpose of journey, for example:
    1) a confirmation letter from the host,
    2) a diplomatic note or confirmation letter from the international organization,
    3) notice to appear,
    4) international cargo service documents etc;
  • visa fee EUR 100, children 6-11 years EUR 40 (can be paid by card during the visa appointment or prior to the appointment by bank transfer).

Supporting documents according to the purpose of stay:

Joining a family member in Estonia

  • invitation letter from the family member with a copy of data page of the family member’s passport and/or Estonian residence permit;
  • documents proving family relations (birth of marriage certificate, must be apostilled/legalised if issued outside the EU);
  • documents confirming financial means (eg. bank statements for the past 3-6 months).

Short-term employment

Study

  • an official and signed letter from the educational institution about the admission of the applicant (stating name of the applicant, type of studies, number of lessons (hours) per week and attendance record);
  • exchange students need to present a confirmation from local educational institution where the applicant studies;
  • documents confirming financial means (eg. bank statements for the past 3-6 months).

Start-up business

  • confirmation letter from the Startup Committee regarding qualification as a startup, or confirmation regarding participation in a qualified accelerator program.
  • documents confirming financial means (eg. bank statements for the past 3-6 months).

Teleworking (Digital nomad visa)

  • documents proving that the applicant’s work does not depend on location and he/she can use telecommunication technology for performing his/her duties remotely;
  • documents proving that the applicant continues:
    • working for an employer registered in a foreign country with whom he/she has a contractual relationship or;
    • business activities for a company registered in a foreign country in which he/she has holdings or;
    • providing services mainly to customers whose place of business is in a foreign country and with whom he/she has a contractual relationship;
  • documents proving the applicant’s legal income during six months before the submission of the application and showing the size, regularity and sources of the income;
  • description of studies and job history (CV);
  •  a written explanation by the applicant regarding the intention to use the visa for teleworking;
  • a written confirmation by the employer stating that it is possible for the applicant to perform their work duties in the form of teleworking;
  • an employment contract or another contract under the law of obligations;
  • a certificate issued by a competent authority of the applicant’s country of location in proof of the payment of state taxes, local taxes or social security contributions mandatory in the applicant’s country of location;
  • a certificate issued by a competent authority of the company’s country of registered office, indicating the name, registered office and area of activity of the company, the applicant’s holdings in the company and details of the legal representatives of the company;
  • a certificate issued by a competent authority of the company’s country of registered office in proof of the payment of state taxes, local taxes or social security contributions mandatory in the company’s country of registered office and on the absence of tax arrears;
  • any other documents.

 

Bank accounts of the MINISTRY OF FINANCE for collecting visa fees are as follows:

– SEB Pank: EE891010220034796011
SWIFT/BIC: EEUHEE2X

– Swedbank: EE932200221023778606
SWIFT/BIC: HABAEE2X

– LHV Pank EE777700771003813400 
SWIFT/BIC: LHVBEE22

Reference number2900073630
Clarification of the payment: Review of visa applications, full name of the applicant

PLEASE NOTE THAT REFERENCE NUMBER AND CLARIFICATION OF THE PAYMENT ARE COMPULSORY FIELDS ON THE PAYMENT ORDER.

If it is not possible to enter the reference number on the payment order of a foreign country, the reference number must be entered in the clarification field.

At the request of a consular officer, you are required to appear at the Embassy or Consulate in person in order to provide explanations concerning facts which are relevant in application for the visa.

 

Exceptions

Working Holiday visa for the citizens of Australia and New Zealand
Under the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Governments of Australia and New Zealand visas are being issued, granting the right to work to 18-30 year old Australian and New Zealand citizens, who may stay in Estonia for up to a year. The work done within that period has to contribute to the main purpose of stay in the country, namely to recreation in Estonia; and those using the opportunity must not work for the same employer longer than three months. The citizens of Australia and New Zealand willing to benefit from the application of those Agreements have to apply for D type visa at the Estonian representation which is handling visa applications.
More information: AustraliaNew Zealand (PDF) (181.88 КБ, PDF)

Working Holiday visa for the citizens of Canada
Under the Bilateral Youth Mobility Agreement between Canada and Estonia visas are being issued, granting the right to work to 18-35 year old Canadian citizens, who may stay in Estonia for up to a year. The citizens of Canada willing to benefit from the application of this Agreement have to apply for D type visa at the Estonian representation which is handling visa applications.
More information: Youth mobility agreement