Holders of a Schengen visas are not automatically entitled to enter Estonia or the Schengen area but must respect the travel restrictions in place. More information about entering Estonia can be found on the following websites: https://vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-self-isolation-requirements-passengers and Travelling, commercial freight | COVID-19 crisis webpage (kriis.ee)
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 in San Francisco serves citizens and residents of the United States of America who live in following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
Schengen visa applications should be submitted at the Visa Application Centers of VFS Global. For the information about locations of VFS Visa Centers and description of the application process please refer to the VFS Global Homepage.
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. However, where fingerprints have been collected as part of an earlier application less than 59 months before the date of the new application, you may not provide your fingerprints.
The following applicants shall be exempt from the requirement to give fingerprints:
At the request of a consular officer, you may be required to appear at the Consulate in person in order to provide explanations concerning facts which are relevant in application for the visa.
Estonian Honorary Consuls provide only general information on visa requirements, they may not collect or process visa applications.
A visa application should in principle be lodged at least 15 calendar days before the intended visit (as this is the normal processing time) and cannot be lodged earlier than six months before the start of the intended visit.
Third countries whose nationals or specific categories of such third country nationals who are subject to prior consultation. (PDF)
Please prepare carefully your visa application & supporting documentation. Any missing information may lead to a visa application declined, delayed or denied. Any missing or incomplete documentation will require you to make a new appointment and come another time at the visa center (and therefore expose you to reschedule your trip).
Airport transit visa (type A) – is issued for passing through the international transit areas 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 Member States of a duration of no more than three months in any six-month period from the date of first entry in the territory of the Member States.
The following shall be submitted upon application for visa:
In case several persons (minors or a spouse) are covered by the same travel document, individual application forms must be filled in and signed by the persons concerned, in case of minors signed by the parental authority or the legal guardian.
The following persons are exempted from paying the visa fee:
In case you would like to collect your passport by post please provide a prepaid envelope with a tracking number.
ADMISSIBILITY OF THE VISA APPLICATION
A visa application is admissible when the following conditions are met:
Mere possession of a visa does not confer an automatic right of entry. Border guards may ask from the holders of visa to present proof that they fulfil the entry conditions (return tickets, hotel reservation or the information of the invitee, travel insurance, proof of sufficient means of subsistence).
Foreign citizen has the right to appeal the decision on refusal, annulment or revocation of a visa and submit complaints about the conduct of the consulate staff, the external service provider or the visa application process.