Due to COVID-19 non-essential travel is temporarily restricted. Restrictions apply upon entry into Estonia, only persons who are listed in the order of the Government of the Republic of Estonia are allowed to cross the state border.
Please note that holders of a Schengen visas are not automatically entitled to enter Estonia or the Schengen area but must respect the travel restrictions in place. More information about entering Estonia can be found on the website of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board.
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.
Consulate General in New York serves citizens and residents of the United States of America who live in following states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Mississippi, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia.
Schengen visa applications should be submitted at the Visa Application Centers of VFS Global. For the information about locations of VFS Visa Centres and description of the application process please refer to the VFS Global Homepage.
At the time of submission of the application, 10 fingerprints of the applicant will be collected. Therefore, you must submit your visa application in person. However, where fingerprints have been collected as part of an earlier application less than 59 months before the date of the new application, you do not have to provide your fingerprints.
The following applicants shall be exempt from the requirement to give fingerprints:
At the request of a consular officer, you are required to appear at the 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.
A visa application should in principle be lodged at least 15 calendar days before the intended visit (as this is the normal processing time) and cannot be lodged earlier than six months before the start of the intended visit.
Please prepare carefully your visa application & supporting documentation. Any missing information may lead to a visa application declined, delayed or denied. Any missing or incomplete documentation will require you to make a new appointment and come another time at the visa centre (and therefore expose you to reschedule your trip).
Airport transit visa (type A) – is issued for passing through the international transit areas of airports situated on the territory of the Member States.
Short-term visa (type C) – is issued for transit through or an intended stay in the territory of the Member States of a duration of no more than three months in any six-month period from the date of first entry in the territory of the Member States.
The following shall be submitted upon application for visa:
In case several persons (minors or a spouse) are covered by the same travel document, individual application forms must be filled in and signed by the persons concerned, in case of minors signed by the parental authority or the legal guardian.
The following persons are exempted from paying the visa fee:
In case you would like to collect your passport by post please provide a prepaid envelope with a tracking number.
ADMISSIBILITY OF THE VISA APPLICATION
A visa application is admissible when the following conditions are met:
Mere possession of a visa does not confer an automatic right of entry. Border guards may ask from the holders of visa to present proof that they fulfil the entry conditions (return tickets, hotel reservation or the information of the invitee, travel insurance, proof of sufficient means of subsistence.
Appealing and complaints
Foreign citizen has the right to appeal the decision on refusal, annulment or revocation of a visa and submit complaints about the conduct of the consulate staff, the external service provider or the visa application process..