Applying for long-stay (D) visa

What is a long-stay visa (D visa)?

A long-stay visa (D visa) is an Estonian visa which may be issued for single or multiple entries into Estonia. D-visa may be issued for the period of stay of up to 365 days within twelve consecutive months. It allows to stay in other Schengen Member States up to 90 days within the period of 180 days. In case of consecutive long-stay visas, the whole period of stay shall not be longer than 548 days within 730 consecutive days.

How to apply for a D visa?

All D 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.
  • valid health insurance policy covering expenses due to illness or injury during the period of validity of the visa, in case of a multiple entry visa until the end of the first intended period of stay;
  • documents indicating the purpose of journey, e.g. confirmation letter from the host or documents proving that applicant is going to work in Estonia (confirmation from the employer, registration of short-term employment ) or documents proving that applicant is going to study in Estonia. During the examination of an application, a consular officer may request additional documents.
  • at the time of submission of the application, biometrical data – 10 fingerprints of the applicant is collected; children under the age of 12 and persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible shall be exempt from the requirement to give fingerprints;
  • visa fee (100€, children 6-11 years 40€) 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.
  • 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)

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 D visa see the webpage of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.