Estonia Visa Information:
|Estonia is Situated between Eastern and Western Europe, Estonia is also a crossing point or culturally a border area. In the traditions of these parts, one can find elements originating from the East, as well as the West, but mostly the Estonians consider themselves a northern people and conceptually bound to Scandinavia. Marginal and border cultures are where one can find interesting phenomena and combinations. In this regard, Estonia happens to be a country of a dozen possibilities.
|Who does not need a visa to visit Estonia?
| Nationals of the member states of EU and EEA – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Kingdom -and Switzerland are free to enter Estonia. The travel document required for them to enter Estonia is the personal ID card or passport. The bases for their stay in Estonia are regulated by the Citizen of European Union Act (the text is available on the homepage of Estonian Legal Language Centre).
1. The holders of passports of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Estonia for stays of no more than three months in a 6 month period*:
* The section is based on the European Council Regulation No 539/2001 of 15 March 2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement.
2. Citizens of third countries, who in addition to the valid passport of the country of their citizenship present the Swedish residence card, which has been issued pursuant to the Directive 2004/38/EC of the EU Parliament and the Council bearing a text “Family member of a Union citizen” may enter Estonia without a visa in case they travel to Estonia from another EU member state. Abolition of visas is applied only in case the family member travels together: 1. with the EU citizen or 2. to the EU citizen (in that case residence information of the EU citizen in Estonia has to be included into the National Population Register of Estonia). Visa-free stay may last up to 90 days during six months. The mentioned residence card does not allow the holder to cross the external border of EU without a visa. 3. Holders of a South African passport can enter Estonia if they hold a visa for Latvia or Lithuania. 4. The holders of the diplomatic passports of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Moldova and Georgia may stay visa-free in Estonia for up to 90 days within six months. 5. The holders of the diplomatic and service passports of Macedonia, Bolivia and Peru may stay visa-free in Estonia for up to 90 days within six months. 6. The holders of the diplomatic passports of Turkey may stay visa-free in Estonia for up to 90 days within a six month period and the holders of diplomatic passports of Ukraine may stay visa-free in Estonia for up to 30 days within a six month period. 7. Citizens of countries NOT mentioned above require a visa to enter Estonia. 8. For the citizens of Ukraine, Georgia, Macedonia and Moldova the single entry short-term and transit visa is state fee-free. Stateless persons have the right to enter Estonia without a visa On January 19 the COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 1932/2006 of 21 December 2006 amending Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement, entered into force. The regulation covers stateless persons who are in possession of an alien passport and living permit issued by the EU Member State (without notation of citizenship). Visa exemption gives the right to stay in other member state up to 90 days during the period of six months, calculated from the calendar day of first entry to the country. Regulation is binding to all EU member states (except Great Britain and Ireland), also to Island, Norway and Switzerland. Regulations exempts the following persons from the visa request: 1. persons who have been declared refugees, who live in a member state and who have been issued a travel document for refugee pursuant to the convention of 28 July 1951; 2. persons without a citizenship who live in a member state and who have been issued a travel document pursuant to the convention regulating the status of stateless persons of 28 September 1954; 3. persons without a citizenship of any country, who live in a member state and possess a travel document issued by the respective member state.