European Travel Information and Authorization for Estonia

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In 2021 the European Union will introduce a new travel authorization known as ETIAS visa waiver. ETIAS will become a requirement to travel to Estonia and most European countries. Once available, you will be able to find more information and apply on this website.

Estonian ETIAS Visa Waiver Information

The ETIAS for Estonia is an electronic travel authorization that will allow eligible citizens to travel to Estonia and all of the 26 Schengen Area countries for short stays. It is due to become a mandatory requirement for visa-exempt citizens for Europe by the end of 2021.

The ETIAS European Visa Waiver for Estonia is a multiple entry travel authorization that will permit a total stay of 90 days with each entry to the Schengen Area. It is valid for a total of 3 years from the date of approval.

The ETIAS Visa Waiver for Estonia was approved by the European Parliament in 2016 and the system will take roughly 4 years to implement. The European Commission is introducing ETIAS Estonia in order to pre-screen all visa-exempt travelers before they reach European borders, to help to improve security within the Schengen Area.

It will be possible to submit an ETIAS Estonia application form exclusively online, without having to visit an embassy or consulate. Eligible applicants will be able to complete the ETIAS application form for Estonia in just a few minutes with personal, passport, and travel information, and answer a few security-related questions, to receive an approved ETIAS via email.

Those who apply for the ETIAS to Estonia will be able to travel to the Schengen Area for purposes of tourism, business, medical treatment, or transit. To visit Estonia for other purposes, travelers should contact the nearest Estonian Embassy or Consulate for further information.

ETIAS Requirements for Estonia

Applicants must meet all of the ETIAS Requirements for traveling to Estonia in order to submit an ETIAS application online.

Estonia ETIAS visa waiver requirements for documents involve the applicant having a passport with a minimum validity of 3 months from the intended date of arrival in the Schengen Area, from an ETIAS-eligible country.

Those with multiple passports due to dual nationality must take care to use the same passport to complete the ETIAS application which they will later use to travel to Estonia and the Schengen Area.

Other requirements for an ETIAS for Estonia involve:

  • Paying the ETIAS fee with a valid credit or debit card
  • Supplying a current email address at which to receive a copy of the approved ETIAS.

ETIAS requirements for Estonia state that it will not be mandatory for travelers to print a paper copy of the approved ETIAS to present to transportation carriers or Schengen Area border control. They will simply be able to present their passport, as ETIAS Visa Waiver to Estonia is linked to the individual travel document used to complete the application.

For this reason, if the traveler’s passport expires before the ETIAS visa waiver does, it is necessary to submit a new application for an ETIAS for Estonia.

Do I Need to Complete an ETIAS Application before Traveling to Estonia?

As Estonia has signed the Schengen Agreement and shares the Schengen visa policy, all citizens of the 26 Schengen Countries are granted free movement over its borders and do not require a travel authorization or visa to travel to Estonia.

There are currently a number of other nationalities who are able to travel to Estonia and the Schengen Area for up to 90 days without a visa. However, by the end of 2021, these same visa-exempt citizens will be required to complete an ETIAS Application before traveling to Estonia and the Schengen zone for short stays.

The ETIAS Europe visa waiver for Estonia is a multiple electronic travel authorization available through a simple online application. It allows a total stay of 90 consecutive days with each entry to Estonia and the Schengen Area, within every 180-day period.

An approved ETIAS Estonia visa waiver is valid for a total of 3 years and permits multiple entries to Schengen countries during its validity, meaning that there is no need to complete an ETIAS application before every trip to Estonia.

However, ETIAS Europe visa waiver requirements state that it is necessary to submit a new application if the traveler’s passport expires during the validity of the approved ETIAS Estonia. This is because an approved ETIAS for Estonia is electronically linked to an individual passport.

Those not eligible to apply for ETIAS need a visa to travel to Estonia. As Estonia is one of the Schengen visa countries, it is necessary to apply for a Schengen visa from the nearest Estonian diplomatic office.

Applicants are required to make a visa appointment at the Estonian consulate and then download, print, and complete the Schengen visa application for Estonia to bring to the visa interview. It is also necessary to bring a range of supporting documentation which varies depending on the purpose of the intended stay in Estonia.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Estonia Visa FAQ

  • What is the ETIAS for Estonia?

    The ETIAS for Estonia is an electronic travel authorization for Estonia and the Schengen Area. ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System. It will become a mandatory requirement for visa-exempt travelers to Europe by the end of 2021.

  • How long is an ETIAS for Estonia valid for?

    ETIAS for Estonia is valid for 3 years from the date of approval and allows multiple entries during its validity.

  • How long can I stay in Estonia with the ETIAS?

    The holder of an ETIAS Estonia can stay for a total of 90 days within every 180-day period, with each entry to Estonia and the Schengen Area.

  • Can I get an ETIAS to Estonia ASAP?

    It may take up to 72 hours for an ETIAS to Estonia to be approved. Therefore, applicants are advised to submit an application at least 3 days before the intended date of departure for Europe.

  • How do I get started with my Estonia ETIAS application?

    In order to complete an Estonia ETIAS application, it is necessary to fill the online form with personal, passport, and travel information, which only takes a few minutes. It is also necessary to answer a few security-related questions in order to submit the application form.

  • Do minors need to fill out an online ETIAS application for Estonia?

    Yes, it is necessary for all citizens from visa-exempt countries to have a separate ETIAS in order to travel to Estonia and the Schengen Area, including all minors under the age of 18.

  • How will I be contacted for my Estonian ETIAS application?

    Applicants will be sent any updates and notifications about the Estonian ETIAS application to the current email address provided on the form.

  • What is the approval process for the ETIAS to Estonia?

    Once successfully processed, a copy of the approved ETIAS to Estonia will be sent to the applicant’s email address.

  • What should I do If my Estonian ETIAS is rejected?

    If the Estonian ETIAS is rejected, it is expected that applicants will be able to submit a new application. It will be necessary to make sure all of the information provided on the form is correct before submitting the application, as even small mistakes can result in the rejection of the ETIAS.

  • What should I do to travel to Estonia if I have dual nationality?

    Those with dual nationality should take care to use the same passport to complete the ETIAS application as that which they will later use to travel to Estonia and the Schengen Area, as the ETIAS visa waiver for Estonia is electronically linked to an individual travel document.

  • Are there any restrictions for my ETIAS to Estonia?

    The ETIAS to Estonia allows multiple short stays of 90 days in the Schengen Area during its 3-year validity, or until the associated passport expires, whichever comes first. Those who wish to spend longer than 90 consecutive days in Estonia will be required to apply for a Schengen visa from an Estonian embassy or consulate.

  • Do I need to have a flight booked to Estonia before applying for the ETIAS?

    No, it is not necessary to have a flight booked before applying for the ETIAS for Estonia, although it is required to indicate the Schengen country of first intended entry on the application form.

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