Extension of the period of stay for a person staying in Estonia based on a visa or visa-free
As a rule, the period of stay shall not be extended.
Starting from 11.10.2011 the Police and Border Guard Board started to deliver data related to extension of stay to the Visa Information System (VIS) of the European Union.
The period of stay for a person staying in Estonia based on a visa may be extended for up to 90 days. An application for extension of stay shall be submitted at the latest 3 working days prior the expiry of the permitted period of stay either in person or through an authorised representative.
The period of stay may be extended on the basis of provisions of visa simplification agreements upon extraordinary circumstances for citizens of the Russian Federation, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, the Ukraine and Georgia, if they are not able to leave the territory of Estonia by the term specified in the visa or by the expiry of the visa-free stay period.
The period of stay permitted by a short-term (type C) visa shall be extended, if the competent authority of Member State finds, that the visa holder proves the existence of force majeure, humanitarian reasons or serious personal reasons, which hinder his or her leave from the territory of the Member States by the expiry of the period of stay permitted by the visa.
The period of stay permitted by a long-term (type D) visa and visa-free stay in Estonia may be extended for up to 90 days, if any circumstance has emerged which was not known to the alien before his/her arrival in Estonia, or in the case a new circumstance has emerged after the issue of a visa and the arrival of an alien in Estonia (force majeure, humanitarian, serious professional or personal reasons).
Upon submission of an application for extension of stay the fingerprints of the applicant shall be captured, if no fingerprints of the applicant have been captured earlier and if more than 59 months have lapsed from the last capturing of fingerprints.
For submission of an application for extension of the period of stay please apply in person to any of the following Service Offices located in Tallinn (P. Pinna 4 and A.H. Tammsaare tee 47), in Tartu (Riia mnt 132), in Jõhvi (Rahu 38), in Narva (Vahtra 3) and in Pärnu (Aida 5).
Documents required for applying
- application form (complete on screen or print out and fill in by hand). Instructions for filling the application form
- annex of the application form (complete on screen or print out and fill in by hand)
- valid travel document of the applicant
- a colour photo by dimensions of 40x50 mm
- document proving the cause for extension of period of stay (for example, certificate of a competent medical institution)
- document evidencing the payment of the state fee (except if the extension of period of stay is being applied for due to force majeure or humanitarian reasons and Estonia has entered into visa simplification agreement with such states)
- an identity document of the person who signed the application form, if an alien has not signed the application form personally
- an identity document of the person submitting the application, if an alien shall not submit the application personally
- a medical expenses insurance policy valid in Estonia for a minimum limit of indemnity of 30 000 EUR for the whole applied period of stay in Estonia.
Application for long-stay visa
An alien may apply at a Service Office of the Police and Border Guard Board for a long-stay (D-type) visa.
Long-stay visa may be applied for by an alien who is staying in Estonia on one of the following bases:
- a visa issued by a competent Estonian agency;
- a visa issued by a competent agency of a member state of the Schengen Convention unless the terms of a visa preclude the right to stay in Estonia;
- the right to stay in Estonia arising directly from a treaty;
- the right to stay in Estonia arising from a resolution of the Government of the Republic to forego the visa requirement;
- a residence permit issued by a competent agency of a member state of the Schengen Convention;
- a diplomatic identity card issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the staff of the diplomatic mission and consular post of a foreign state and a representation of an international organisation accredited to Estonia, their family members and private staff;
- the right to stay in Estonia arising from the expiry of the period of validity of the temporary residence permit;
- a residence permit of an intra-corporate transferee (hereinafter intra-corporate transferee permit) issued by a competent agency of a member state of the European Union on the basis of Directive 2014/66/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer (OJ L 157, 27.05.2014, pp.1–22).
An application shall be submitted to the Police and Border Guard Board at the latest 10 working days before the termination of the period of stay.
A long-stay visa may be issued to an alien for single or multiple temporary stay in Estonia, with a period of validity up to twelve months and for the period of stay of up to 365 days within twelve consecutive months. The whole period of stay of an alien with a long-stay visa shall not be longer than 548 days within 730 consecutive days unless otherwise provided for by a treaty.
Upon submission of an application for a long-stay visa the fingerprints of the applicant shall be captured, if no fingerprints of the applicant have been captured earlier and if more than 59 months have lapsed from the last capturing of fingerprints.
For submission of an application for a long-stay visa an alien shall apply in person to any of the following Service Offices of the PBGB (in Tallinn – A. H. Tammsaare tee 47, P. Pinna 4, in Pärnu – Aida 5, in Tartu – Riia mnt 132, in Jõhvi – Rahu 38, in Narva – Vahtra 3).
Documents required for applying:
- application form for long-stay visa
- one colour photo with measures 40x50mm mm
- travel document of the applicant
- a valid health insurance policy guaranteeing that any costs related to the applicant’s medical treatment as a result of illness or injury during the period of validity of the visa applied for shall be met, unless otherwise provided by law or treaty;
- documents evidencing the purpose and cause for stay
- documents evidencing the existence of sufficient funds during the period of stay in Estonia;
- documents evidencing the payment of costs for accommodation and stay during the period of stay in Estonia
- a document evidencing the payment of a state fee
You may get acquainted with the capturing of fingerprints here.
The Police and Border Guard Board shall review the submitted application within ten working days after the commencement of the proceedings of the application.