Diplomatic missions and consular posts of Estonia are following when processing visa applications the regulation establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code). Visa Code establishes the procedures and conditions for issuing visas for transit and stays in the territory of the Member States not exceeding three months in any six-month period.
Consulate General of Estonia in St. Petersburg serves Russian citizens and residents who live in St. Petersburg city, Leningrad oblast, Karelia, Novgorod oblast, Arhangelsk oblast, Vologda oblast and Murmansk oblast.
Visa applications can be submitted on weekdays to the visa centres of the external service provider VFS Global (no prior appointment is needed).
By prior appointment visa applications can also be submitted to the Consulate General of Estonia ONLY by EU citizens family members on weekdays from 9.00 until 12.00. For appointment please call +7 (812) 627 14 71 (on weekdays from 9.00 until 12.00).
Groups consisting of persons exempted from paying the visa fee should write to Consulate.Peterburg@mfa.ee.
At the time of submission of the application, 10 fingerprints of the applicant will be collected. Therefore, you must submit your visa application in person.
The following applicants shall be exempt from the requirement to give fingerprints:
At the request of a consular officer, you are required to appear at the Consulate General in person in order to provide explanations concerning facts which are relevant in application for the visa.
A visa application should in principle be lodged at least 15 calendar days before the intended visit and cannot be lodged earlier than six months before the start of the intended visit.
The processing time at the Consulate General of Estonia is up to 10 working days. That period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed or in cases of representation where the authorities of the represented Member State are consulted. Exceptionally, when additional documentation is needed in specific cases, the period may be extended up to a maximum of 60 calendar days.
Airport transit visa (type A) – is issued for passing through the international transit areas of airports situated on the territory of the Member States.
Common list of third countries whose nationals are required to be in possession of an airport transit visa when passing through the international transit area of airports situated on the territory of the Member States
Short-term visa (type C) – is issued for transit through or an intended stay in the territory of the Schengen States of a duration of no more than 90 days within the period of 180 days. Principles of calculating the period of stay on the Schengen territory (149.6 KB, PDF)
If you wish to visit only Estonia, the Schengen visa has to be applied for at the Consulate General of Estonia in St. Petersburg.
If the travel destination includes more than one Schengen member state, the application must be lodged at the representation of the main destination. The main destination is understood to be the destination where you intend to spend the longest time or where the main purpose of the intended journey is carried out.
If you wish to visit several Schengen member states and you are not sure of the state of main destination or plan to spend the equal number of days in each state, the visa must be applied for at the representation of the state through which the visa applicant intends to enter the Schengen area.
The following shall be submitted upon application for visa:
According to the EU Visa Code visa applicants are required to present documents indicating among other things the purpose of their journey. In order to ensure a harmonised application of the common visa policy, the EU Visa Code requires the need to complete and harmonise the lists of supporting documents to be assessed within local Schengen cooperation in each jurisdiction in order to take account of local circumstances.
Local Schengen cooperation in the Russian Federation has drawn up a harmonised list of supporting documents: Harmonised list of supporting documents to be submitted by applicants for a Schengen visa in the Russian Federation
|Airport transit visa (A)||80 €|
|Short-term visa (C)||80 €|
|Short-term visa (C) children 6-12 years||40 €|
|EU agreements on the facilitation of the issuance of visas (applies for the citizens of the Russian Federation and Ukraine)||One-time and multiple-entry visa 35 €;
urgent visa 70 €
|EU agreements on the facilitation of the issuance of visas (applies for the citizens of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYROM, Georgia, Montenegro, Serbia and Moldova)||One-time and multiple-entry visa 35 €|
NB! Visa fee can be paid in the Consulate General of Estonia by bank card only.
It is also possible to pay the visa fee to the following bank accounts of the Ministry of Finance of Estonia:
Reference number of the MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
Review of visa applications – 2900073630
The following persons are exempted from paying the visa fee:
NB! When applying for a visa through an external service provider the applicants must also pay their service fee (VFS 11€) which is added to the state fee.
As of 05.04.2011 a foreign citizen has the right to appeal the decision on refusal, annulment or revocation of a visa.
The refused visa applicant can turn to the Consulate General of Estonia by submitting a written application (597.13 KB, PDF) within 30 days.
The fee charged for processing the appeal is 20 EUR.
Appeal fee can be paid in the Consulate General by bank card only.It is also possible to pay the appeal fee to the following bank accounts of the Ministry of Finance of Estonia:
Reference number of the MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
Review of the appeal – 2900073630
Please note, the fee will be taken for the review of an appeal.
EU CITIZENS FAMILY MEMBER – Directive 2004/38/EU
EU citizens family members, irrespective of their nationality, have the right to accompany or join EU citizens in a Member State other than that of EU citizens nationality.
Important is that they should arrive in Estonia either accompanying the said person or to the said person.
The following persons are EU citizens family members, as defined by the Directive:
(a) the spouse;
(b) the partner with whom the Union citizen has contracted a registered partnership, on the basis of the legislation of a Member State, if the legislation of the host Member State treats registered partnerships as equivalent to marriage and in accordance with the conditions laid down in the relevant legislation of the host Member State;
(c) the direct descendants who are under the age of 21 or are dependants and those of the spouse or partner as defined in point (b);
(d) the dependent direct relatives in the ascending line and those of the spouse or partner as defined in point (b)
The above family members enjoy the rights granted by the Directive when they join or accompany an EU citizen. EU citizens family member apply for entry visa to Schengen under simplified conditions and they do not have to pay any charge for a visa application.