According to the order of the Government of Estonia entitled Temporary restriction of crossing state borders due to the spread of coronary virus causing COVID-19, which enters into force on 17 March 2020, applications for Schengen visas and long-stay visas to Estonia will no longer be accepted at representations and visa centres of external service providers. This also applies to Schengen visa applications processed by Estonia on behalf of another member state.
By exception, the following foreign nationals can apply for a visa:
- those applying for a visa on humanitarian grounds (illness, funeral of a close relative);
- those closely involved in the transport of goods and raw materials;
- those providing medical services or other services essential for the resolution of the emergency;
- those whose child, spouse or parent is an Estonian citizen, has an Estonian residence permit or right of residence.
When processing the visa applications that have accepted so far, the following will be taken into consideration:
Schengen visa applications about which a decision has not yet been taken.
- If the application is for a single-entry visa that would be valid for the duration of the emergency situation, the application and state fee will be returned, and the application and biometric data will be deleted from the visa registry.
- If the application is for a multiple entry visa, the visa granted will be valid for at least two months longer allowing for the fact that the person holding the visa will not be able to use it for as long as the emergency situation is in force.
Schengen visa application about which a decision has been made.
- If the applicant has already been issued with a single-entry visa that is valid only for the duration of the emergency situation and the visa sticker has been printed and added to the passport, it cannot be used to enter Estonia before the end of the emergency situation. The next application will be processed without a fee on the condition that the initial visa has not been used (for travelling to Estonia or any other country). Please note that this applies to applicants who submitted their visa applications before the emergency situation was declared.
Applications for a long-term stay visa for which a decision has not been made.
- Processing of the application will be completed and the recommended starting date for the visa is 1 May 2020.