A long stay (D) visa is meant for staying in Estonia for more than 90 days in 180 day period. Long stay (D) visa may be issued for the period of stay of up to 365 days within twelve consecutive months and it allows to stay in the whole Schengen Area up to 90 days in any 180 day period. In case of consecutive long-stay visas, the whole period of stay shall not be longer than 548 days within 730 consecutive days.
Consulate General in New York serves citizens and residents of the United States of America who live in following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Virginia, Wisconsin and in Washington D.C. Residents of other states must apply for a visa in Estonian Consulate General in San Francisco.
Visa application should be lodged at Estonian Consulate General in New York or in San Francisco. Detailed information about applying for an Estonian long-term (D) visa at Estonian Consulate General in New York is available below.
All applicants must present:
Additionally applicants must present documents related to purpose of stay:
The following documents can be used as a proof of facts mentioned in first two points above:
Visa application must be lodged personally, visa application of minor (below 18) is lodged by parent or guardian. Application can be lodged up to six months before start of the trip to Estonia and must be applied not later than 30 days before start of the trip. Appointment must be acquired for lodging application in the Consulate (appointments can be acquired on webpage broneering.mfa.ee). Attention! Every applicant, including minors, must have separate appointment.
At the time of submission of the application, 10 fingerprints of the applicant will be collected. 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.
Applicants below 12 and following applicants are waived for requirement to give fingerprints: persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible, head of states and members of national government and members of their official delegation and sovereigns and senior members of royal family when they are invited by Member States’ governments or by international organizations.
In Estonian representations in US visa fee is paid in US dollars, for information about amount of the fee in US dollars please visit this webpage.
Visa fee for examining long-term (D) visa application is 100 Euros. Visa fee for children 6-11 years is 40 Euros. Children under 6 years does not pay visa fee.
Following applicants are exempted from paying the visa fee:
Visa fee can be paid in the Consulate in US Dollars by bank card or in Euros by bank transfer to the bank account of Estonian Ministry of Finance. For more information please visit this webpage.
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.
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.
Long-term (D) visa applications is examined within 30 days from the day application was lodged at the Consulate. Applicant can come to collect his or her passport from the Consulate after relevant e-mail notification from the Consulate. If applicant wants to receive passport by mail the prepaid envelope addressed to the applicant must be provided (it is suggested to provide envelope already during lodging the application).
Mere possession of a visa does not confer an automatic right of entry. The holders of visa are requested to present proof that they fulfil the entry conditions at the external border, as provided in the Schengen Border Code. Border guards, for instance, may ask to present return tickets, hotel reservation or the information of the invitee, travel insurance, proof of sufficient means of subsistence. For more information, see also questions about crossing the border on the website of the Police and Border Guard Board.
Applicant, who was refused to issue a visa, may file an appeal. Appeal can be filed within 30 days as of the date of notification of the decision. Attention! Deadline of filing an appeal should not be restored! For more information about process of appeal please visit website of Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In Estonian Consulate General in New York appeal may be filed personally in the Consulate (appointment in our electronic calendar broneering.mfa.ee is needed) or by mail (please visit section Contacts for Consulate’s mailing address). If you file your appeal by mail, please don’t send us your passport, If Consulate needs your passport, we will inform you about it additionally. Attention! If appeal is filed by mail, the date of arrival of the application is working day following the day when appeal reached the Consulate or the date when state fee has arrived to the bank account of the Ministry of Finance in Estonia, if it is later.
State fee for examining the appeal (80 Euros) can be paid in the Consulate by credit card or if application is filed by mail in Euros to the account of Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For more information please visit this website.
Application to contest decision of refusal to issue visa is examined within 15 days.
Visa applicants may submit complaints about the conduct of the consulate staff, the external service provider or the visa application process.
A complaint can be submitted to the consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by e-mail: [email protected].
Citizens of the Russian Federation
On 11 August 2022, the Government of the Republic of Estonia approved a sanction imposing a restriction on citizens of the Russian Federation applying for an Estonian visa. The visa restriction applies to all types of visas and purposes of travel, except for those Russian citizens who are:
visiting a spouse, who is an Estonian citizen residing in Estonia or a person residing in Estonian on the basis of Estonian long-term residence permit;
The sanction will come into effect on 18 August, which means that only Russian citizens listed above can apply for a visa from that date. Russian citizens, who want to apply for a visa as an exception, must together with their application present documents proving that they are eligible for one or several exceptions.
Citizens of the Republic of Belarus
On April 8th, the Government of the Republic of Estonia issued regulation which imposes international sanctions to citizens of the Republic of Belarus who are applying for a visa for employment or entrepreneurship (including Startup entrepreneurship and Remote working). According to this regulation no visas for employment or for entrepreneurship for citizens of the Republic of Belarus are issued until further notice.