Important Visa information (C and D visa)

The Estonian Embassy in Abu Dhabi does not issue Schengen visas. In the United Arab Emirates, Finland represents Estonia in issuing Schengen visas to Estonia.

The Estonian Embassy in Abu Dhabi is accepting a limited number of long-stay D visa applications only. 

LONG-STAY VISA

According to the Estonian Aliens Act, a long-stay (D) visa can be applied for in a number of circumstances such as study, work or family relations. Person can apply for a D-visa if it is proved that the need to stay in Estonia is more than 90 days in 180 day period. D-visa may be issued for the period of stay of up to 365 days within twelve consecutive months.

D-visa can be applied from any Estonian representation. Full list of Embassies handling visa applications can be found here. Applications are examined and decided within 30 days from the date of lodging.

ATTENTION!

All applicants need to make sure they are allowed to enter Estonia amid COVID-19 restrictions. A valid visa might not be sufficient. Detailed information is available on the website of kriis.ee and in Government Order No 169. Applicant must confirm during lodging an application that they are aware of the above mentioned circumstances and will be responsible for any financial expenses they might have.

NB! Please be mindful of COVID-19 restrictions in the UAE (entry to the country and the emirate of Abu Dhabi, quarantine and PCR testing requirements). The Embassy does not issue invitation letters for border crossings.  

Do not travel to UAE unless you have secured a booking with the Embassy. Travelling without an appointment is at applicant’s own risk.

BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT

Starting from 2022, visa appointments must be acquired by booking through the booking calendar.

The Embassy opens the booking calendar for two months in advance. As of now, the months of May and June are fully booked. The booking of visa appointments for July and August will open 4 July 09:00 Abu Dhabi time.

If there are no appointments available in the calendar, that means all appointments have been booked. The Embassy will not provide additional appointments outside the booking calendar.

If you do not see the option of visa appointments in the booking calendar, that means the appointments have all been booked and that the booking calendar is not open. You should wait for the calendar to open again to see visa appointments.

! IMPORTANT !

Please book one appointment per applicant – the Embassy will not accept multiple bookings for one person. All additional bookings will be deleted without further notice.

The following information about the purpose of travel must be mentioned in the field for additional information (last page of the electronic calendar) when booking a visa application:

* in case of short term employment – registration number of the short term employment (Lühiajalise Eestis töötamise registreerimise kinnitus) and name of the employer (name of the company);

* in case of study – the name of the educational institution, the field and the level of study;

* in case of visiting relatives – the name and the Estonian personal code of the inviting person, as well as the applicant’s relation to the inviting person;

* in case of start-up entrepreneurship – the registration number of the Start-up Committee;

* in case of other travel purposes – information about the purpose of travel and the inviting organisation.

AN APPOINTMENT WHICH DOES NOT INCLUDE THE ABOVE MENTIONED INFORMATION OR THAT CONTAINS INCORRECT INFORMATION WILL BE DELETED FROM THE CALENDAR WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Please do not send any documents to the Embassy e-mail prior to your appointment. All applicants must present the following documents during their appointment at the Embassy:

 PASSPORT

  • Issued within the last 10 years;
  • Contains at least two blank pages for visas;
  • Valid at least 3 months after the expiration date of the visa.

APPLICATION FORM

  • Application form for a D-visa can be found HERE.
  • Should be filled in English or Estonian:
    • In the D-Visa column ON THE RIGHT SIDE, select the language in which you wish to fill the application;
    • Fill in the application according to the instructions. Make sure to read all the instructions carefully and provide as much information as possible. Avoid typing errors and if in doubt, click on the “?” symbol for additional information;
    • After completing the application, it will be emailed to you as a PDF file. You will also be given the choice to print out the form immediately.
  • Before submitting the printed form at the Embassy, you must sign it at the end of each page and at the end of the form;
  • If information on the visa application is incorrect, you should fill in a new application form, print and sign it again.

COLOR PHOTO (35mm x 45mm)

  • Taken within the last 6 months;
  • Plain light-coloured background;
  • Looking directly at the camera;
  • Without head covering, except for religious reasons (in this case facial features from the bottom of the chin to the top of the forehead and both sides of the applicant’s face must be clearly visible);
  • Additional information about requirements to the photo here.
  • Do not staple the photo to the application.

INSURANCE POLICY

  • Recommended validity throughout the territory of the Schengen Member States;
  • Recommended minimum coverage 30 000 Euros;
  • Cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay;
  • Cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death;
  • If applicant will be covered with Estonian health insurance (Haigekassa) after arrival to Estonia, travel medical insurance must cover only the period until Estonian health insurance (Haigekassa) insurance becomes valid.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS ACCORDING TO THE PURPOSE OF STAY

  • Embassy suggests to present proof of sufficient financial means during the stay in Estonia (e.g. original private bank statement showing transactions in the last three months, duly stamped and signed by the bank; sponsorship letter with proof of sponsor’s financial means etc).

Study

  • Confirmation of the educational institution about admission of the applicant.

Short-term employment

Moving to close relative (visiting family):

  • Confirmation letter from the host;
  • Document proving family ties or marital status (birth or marriage certificate);
  • If applicant is an adult child who due to their health status or disability is unable to cope independently – documents proving his or her health status or disability.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Documents of the application can be in English, Estonian or Arabic. Documents in other languages must be translated by sworn translator or certified by the Notary;
  • All public documents (marriage or birth certificates) must be certified with an apostille or legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of applicant’s country. If the applicant is not UAE national, additional legalization is recommended from the respective Embassy in the UAE;
  • If the applicant does not speak/understand Estonian, English or Arabic, an interpreter must be taken along to the appointment at the Embassy.

BIOMETRIC DATA

  • During the submission of the application, biometric data (10 fingerprints) will be collected from the applicant;
  • Children under the age of 12 and persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible shall be exempt from the requirement.

STATE FEE 

  • Examining D-visa application 100 EUR; children 6-11 years 40 EUR;
  • Payment can be made by:
    • bank card (in EUR) at the Embassy during lodging the application or
    • bank transfer (in EUR) to the bank account of the Ministry of Finance in Estonia.

If paying by bank transfer, make the payment at least 5 working days before coming to your appointment at the Embassy. In addition to showing proof of payment from your side, the Consul must be able to see that your payment has been deposited in the Ministry of Finance bank account.

NB! The Embassy does not accept cash payments.

Bank accounts of the MINISTRY OF FINANCE:

  • SEB Bank EE891010220034796011, SWIFT: EEUHEE2X
  • Swedbank EE932200221023778606, SWIFT: HABAEE2X
  • LHV Pank EE777700771003813400, SWIFT: LHVBEE22
  • Luminor Bank AS EE701700017001577198, SWIFT: RIKOEE22
  • Reference number: 2900073630 (NB! Please note that the „Reference Number“ and „Clarification of Payment“ are mandatory fields on the payment order. If the bank of your home country does not have a space to enter a reference number, then it must be entered in the clarification field).
  • Clarification of payment:  D visa application (applicant’s full name, passport number)

NB! Please make sure the Ministry receives the full amount and all fees related to the international transfer are paid by the applicant. 

State fee is waived for the following applicants:

  • Children under six years;
  • Family members of citizens of Estonia;
  • Family members of citizens of an EU country, EEA country or the Swiss Confederation according to the Citizen of the European Union Act.

APPEAL PROCESS

Foreign citizens have the right to appeal the decision on refusal, annulment or revocation of a visa.

  • The refused visa applicant or a visa holder whose visa has been annulled or revoked can turn to the Embassy by submitting a written application (PDF) within 30 days. The appeal will be reviewed within 15 days.
  • The appeal can be filed personally, by post or through a representative. Appointment should be booked by phone +971 2 408 3777 or by e-mail consul.abudhabi@mfa.ee.
  • The fee charged for processing the appeal is 20 EUR.
  • Payment can be made by:
    • bank card (in EUR) at the Embassy during submitting the appeal or
    • bank transfer (in EUR) to the bank account of the Ministry of Finance in Estonia. If paying by bank transfer, make the payment at least 5 working days before coming for your appointment at the Embassy. In addition to showing proof of payment from your side, the Consul must be able to see that your payment has been deposited in the Ministry of Finance bank account).

Bank accounts of the MINISTRY OF FINANCE in Estonia:

  • SEB Bank EE891010220034796011, SWIFT: EEUHEE2X
  • Swedbank EE932200221023778606, SWIFT: HABAEE2X
  • Luminor Bank AS EE701700017001577198, SWIFT: RIKOEE22
  • Reference number: 2900073630 (NB! Please note that the „Reference Number“ and „Clarification of Payment“ are mandatory fields on the payment order. If the bank of your home country does not have a space to enter a reference number, then it must be entered in the clarification field).
  • Clarification of payment:  Visa decision appeal (applicant’s full name, passport number). 

If the decision remains unchanged, it is possible to submit a second appeal to the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs within 30 days from receipt of notification. For more information please see: https://vm.ee/en/applying-visa-schengen-area#1.4.