Applying for a Schengen visa

What is Schengen visa?

A Schengen visa (C-visa) is a short stay visa allowing its holder to stay up to 90 days in any 180 day period in Schengen area. Schengen visa can be issued as a single or multiple entry visa with a period of validity of up to five years. More information about Schengen area and EU Common Visa Policy can be found on the webpage of the European Commission.

When processing visa applications diplomatic missions and consular posts of Estonia are following the regulation establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code)

How to apply for Schengen visa?

All short-term Schengen visa applications in Ireland can be submitted at the Estonian Embassy in Dublin on Tuesdays from 1-4pm and on Fridays from 10-12am. It is necessary to book an appointment in advance.

Documents to be submitted upon application for visa:

  • a valid travel document which has been issued within previous 10 years, contains at least two blank pages for visas and is valid at least 3 months after the expiration date of the visa;
  • a filled in and signed application form. 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. A minor at least 15 years old may lodge and sign a visa application personally;
  • a recently taken photo (the photo cannot be older than six months and needs to be size 35x45mm) that is glued straight onto your application form.
  • insurance policy valid in Schengen countries with a coverage of at least 30.000€ for the entire duration of stay in Schengen area;
  • visa fee (90€, children 6-11 years 45€) for examining the visa application. The fee can be paid by card directly at the embassy or by bank transfer to the bank account of Estonian Ministry of Finance.
  • supporting documents (including Irish re-entry visa/Irish Certificate of Registration, proof of current address in Ireland; an itinerary of your trip etc.). For a list of supporting documents to be presented by visa applicants in Ireland, see here.
  • proof of financial means. Applicant must prove that he or she has sufficient financial means according to the purpose of stay:
    Purpose of the trip Applicant Spouse Minor child
    Studies 800 euros per month 2100 euros per month not applicable
    Doctoral studies (PhD) 800 euros per month 640 euros per month not applicable
    Short term employment 1,200 euros one-time not applicable not applicable
    Short term employment in Start-up company 800 euros one-time 640 euros one-time not applicable
    Seasonal work 800 euros one-time 640 euros one-time not applicable
    Start-up business 800 euros per month 640 euros per month not applicable
    Teleworking (digital nomad visa) 4,500 euros per month not applicable not applicable
    For all other applicants 70 euros per day (2,100 euros per month) 70 euros per day (2,100 euros per month) 70 euros per day (2,100 euros per month)

The normal processing time for a Schengen visa application is 15 days.

It is necessary to book an appointment at the embassy to receive your visa decision. No information regarding your visa decision will be made by phone or e-mail.

Contesting refusal to issue a visa

A foreign citizen has 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 within 30 days after receiving the appealed decision.

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 the receipt of notification.

The appeal can be filed personally, by post or through a representative.

The fee charged for processing the appeal is 80€. The bank accounts of the MINISTRY OF FINANCE for collecting the appeal fee are the following:

SEB Pank


Luminor Bank AS

LHV Pank

Reference number of the MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS: 2900073630
Clarification of the payment: Review of the appeal, applicant’s name

Please note that reference number and clarification of the payment are compulsory fields on the payment order. If it is not possible to enter the reference number on the payment order of a foreign country, the reference number must be entered in the clarification field.

Please note, the fee will be taken for the review of an appeal.

For further information regarding Schengen visa see the webpage of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.