Long-stay (D) visa

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Embassy accepts visa applications which are in line with exceptions. Appointments for lodging a visa application as an exception can be acquired ONLY over the phone.

As an exception, application can be lodged at the Embassy in the following cases (current list is valid from 6 July):

  • applicants who want to travel to Estonia because of employment (visa is applied on the basis of short term employment registration) or because of studies in Estonian educational institution. NB! Exception is not applied to family members of applicants!
  • applicants who are directly involved in the transport of goods and raw materials, including the loading of goods or raw materials (i.e. truck-drivers);
  • applicants who are providers of healthcare or other services necessary for dealing with an emergency;
  • applicants who are directly involved in the international carriage of goods and passengers, including crew members serving an international means of transport and persons providing repair, warranty work or maintenance of the means of transport;
  • applicants who serve travel groups and are directly involved in the provision of passenger transport services;
  • applicants whose purpose of arrival in Estonia is related to ensuring the continuity of a vital service;
  • applicants whose arrival in Estonia is related to work on the maintenance, repair, warranty or information and communication technology of the equipment of an enterprise operating in Estonia, if it is necessary to ensure the operation of the enterprise;
  • applicants who need visa for immediate transit through the territory of Estonia for reaching their country of residence;
  • applicants whose direct blood relative in the ascending or descending line or spouse is an Estonian citizen or a person holding an Estonian residence permit or right of residence;
  • applicant who have received a special permit for entering the country.

Long-stay (D) visa can be applied for a number of reasons, such as study, work or family relations.

A long-stay visa may be issued for single or multiple entries into Estonia with a period of 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 representations or at the Police and Border Guard Board (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:

Documents to be submitted upon application for visa

  • 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;
  • a fully completed and signed application form (PDF) 
  • a photo (size 35×45 mm);
  • a insurance policy valid for Estonia or for the Schengen area with a coverage of at least 30.000 EUR for the entire duration of stay;
  • documents indicating the purpose of journey:
  • a confirmation letter from the host;

documents in relation to accommodation or proof of sufficient means to cover the  accommodation;
a diplomatic note or confirmation letter from the international organization;
notice to appear;
international cargo service documents etc.

  • any information which supports an applicant intention to leave the Schengen area before the expiry of the visa;
  • documents proving the sufficient means of subsistence for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to the country of origin or residence (94 € for each day in Estonia);
  • a visa fee 100EUR

Bank accounts of the MINISTRY OF FINANCE for collecting visa fee are the following:

– SEB Pank р/с EE891010220034796011

– Swedbank р/с EE932200221023778606

Reference number2900073630

Clarification of the payment: Review of visa applications


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.

Estonian Honorary Consuls provide only general information on visa requirements, they may not collect or examine visa applications.

Long-stay  visa for a short-term employment

Before applying a short-term employment must be registered at the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. An application for registration of short-term employment may be submitted in the following cases:

  1. persons engaged in creative activities who work in a performing arts institution;
  2. for working as a teacher or lecturer in an educational institution, which complies with requirements established by Estonian law;
  3. for working as a scientist if the alien has appropriate professional training or experience;
  4. for working as a sportsman, coach, referee or sports official for professional activities on the basis of an invitation from a respective sports federation;
  5. for employment as a trainee in order to obtain vocational education intermediated by an educational institution or a student organization located abroad if this is a part of the relevant training programme;
  6. in order to serve in the diplomatic representation of a foreign country with the permission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  7. for working as an au pair;
  8. for working as an expert, adviser or consultant providing that the alien has the required professional training;
  9. for working as an installer of equipment or a skilled worker providing that the alien has the required professional training
  10. for working as a seasonal worker processing agricultural products;
  11. on the basis of an international agreement.

For more information about registration of a short-term employment, please visit Police and Border Guard Board website.

A long-stay (D) visa enables to travel in the Schengen area for 90 days within the period of 180 days period under the same conditions as the holder of a residence permit.


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

Application form (PDF) (367.84 КБ, PDF)