General Information about Short Term Stay in Estonia

Due the worldwide pandemic spread of the novel coronavirus, Estonian Government has implemented restrictions of the crossing of the border for the purpose of entering Estonia. Rules of entering Estonia are described in Government order no 169, text of the order in English is available here.
Estonian Embassy in Ankara and VFS Global want to draw applicants’ attention to the fact that accepting a visa application and issuing a visa does not mean that applicant can actually travel to Estonia, but person must have, in addition to a visa, also right to enter Estonia. Detailed information about rules and conditions of entering Estonia under present circumstances can be found on the website of Estonian Police and Border Guard Board
Applicant must confirm during lodging an application that he or she is aware that beside visa also right to enter Estonia is needed to travel to Estonia and that applicant is personally responsible for any financial expenses he or she might have.

Stay in Estonia and other Schengen Member States is short term stay, if it does not exceed 90 days during any 180day period. Third country nationals can execute short-term stay in Schengen on the basis of

  • Schengen uniform visa,
  • residence permit issued by one of the Member State of the Schengen agreement,
  • D-visa issued by one of the Member State of the Schengen agreement or
  • the person’s right for visa free short term stay in the Schengen area.

If the intended stay of the third country national in Estonia is longer than 90 days during 180day period, person must apply for a document permitting long stay in Estonia – D-visa or residence permit. More information about long term stay can be found here.