An emergency situation has been declared in Estonia due to the pandemic spread of the coronavirus in the world.

From 17 March there will be a temporary restriction on entry to Estonia for foreign nationals who do not hold an Estonian residence permit or right of residence, or have family members in Estonia. Foreigners are allowed to transit Estonia on the way to their home country if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. At the border control travel documents and medical symptoms will be checked.There are no restrictions on exiting the country.

We care about your and everyone’s health. For this reason and in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus and flu, we kindly ask you to seriously consider whether coming to the representation is essential, and refrain from doing so if you are not feeling well, suspect that you or a family member has become infected, or you or a family member has been in an area of the coronavirus epidemic in the past 14 days. Thank you for your understanding!

In addition to previous measures, restrictions on movement are in force in Estonia from 14 March in line with the emergency situation.

On 17 March 2020, applications for Schengen visas and long-stay visas to Estonia can no longer be submitted at representations and visa centres of external service providers. This also applies to Schengen visa applications that are processed by Estonia on behalf of another member state.

Further information

Estonian passports and ID cards

ID card

  • Both children and adults can renew their ID card by post, since fingerprints are not needed. If you order the documents by post you have to pay the state fee “In Estonia”
  • If you use Estonian e-services (ID card, mobile ID or Estonian online banks) you can submit your application at Police and Border Guard’s online service center. This is the cheapest and quickest option to renew your documents.
  • ID card will not be sent by post, it has to be picked up in person at the Embassy or at Honorary Consul’s.

Passport

  • Passports for children over 12 years of age and adults can be ordered by post  or online, if less than 5 years have passed since giving fingerprints.
  • If your fingerprints are no longer valid, then you can apply for a new passport at the Embassy or apply online and give your fingerprints at the Embassy.
  • Passport for a child under 12 can be ordered by post.
  • Passport will not be sent by post, it has to be picked up in person at the Embassy or at Honorary Consul’s.

When you’re applying for the first document you have to add:

  • Birth certificate (with both parents names on it) with an apostille
  • Additional form
  • Only in the case of a child: if both parents are not Estonian citizens then other parent’s written consent (22 KB, DOC) and copy of passport.

Photo

From April 29, 2019 only digital photos are accepted. Before coming to apply for documents the photo has to be sent to e-mail ppa@politsei.ee, adding applicant’s name and personal identification code/ date of birth. Please e-mail your digital photo yourself, do not bring it to the Embassy. No photos can be made at the Embassy.

Paper photos will be accepted under special circumstances, but if it is impossible to obtain a high quality scan of the photo the citizen has to provide a digital photograph.

Requirements for document photograph are listed on the homepage of Police and Border Guard Board. Photos made at home with personal cameras or smartphones are accepted.

What to remember when you come to apply for a passport / ID card at the Embassy:

  • Always make an appointment.
  • Fill out the standard application form (in English, in Estonianin Russian).
  • Make sure that you e-mailed your digital photo to ppa@politsei.ee
  • In case of change of name: a copy of your spouse’s passport and your Marriage Certificate with an apostille .
  •  State fee in cash. Exact sum of state fee depends on EUR- USD exchange rate.

 

„As an exception, it is possible to apply for a passport without fingerprint images, if:

  • you have been previously issued Estonian citizen passport or ID-card and
  • you are staying in a foreign country, where there is no foreign representation of the Republic of Estonia, or where it is unproportionally burdensome for you to contact a foreign representation of the Republic of Estonia.

You can apply as an exception for a passport without fingerprint image valid for one year  ONLY  by post or by e-mail to Estonian Police and Border Guard Board.

Please send documents required for application and copies of the original documents to the address:

APPLICATION
Police and Border Guard Administration
Pärnu mnt 139
15060 Tallinn
Estonia

Please submit a written explanation or other evidence concerning the reason for the necessity to issue a passport without fingerprint images, together with an explanation of why it is not possible for you to apply for a passport according to  ordinary procedures.“