Being 16th in the ‘Ease of doing business’ index, Estonia has become a popular spot for businessmen looking to start a business. Also being one of the most digitally advanced countries, it has become easy to take care of business in this nation. Also known as the first country to offer e-residency, even the world-known ‘Skype’ is an original Estonian company. Add to this the easy entry with the help of an Estonia business visa, it is not surprising why the country is a hot-spot.
For people looking to take part in business-related activities in Estonia, a permit is necessary. At least for the ones who are not belonging to the Schengen countries or are from the visa-exempt nations. Also known as the Estonia Schengen business visa, this permit is a type of the Schengen C category permit that allows individuals to engage in business conferences, meetings, setting up a business, and so on. Issued for a duration of 90 days in a 180-day period, this type is issued as a single-entry, double-entry, or even multiple entries.
The application for Estonia business visa is done online through the official portal. However, the submission of the application requires to be done offline. Before starting your application, you must ensure that you are eligible to apply for a business visa for Estonia. If you fulfil the conditions, you may proceed to make the application as follows -
Please note that if you have submitted your biometrics in the past 5 years, you do not have to submit them again. In this case, you do not have to visit the VAC in person, also, you may choose to drop the documents at one of the dropbox facilities availed by the VAC. Also, note that you have signed the print out of the application form. Unsigned forms are rejected by the embassy.
Also, ensure that you submit genuine documents and provide the right information. Submission of fake documents or wrong information can get your application rejected. A visa refusal can affect your future travel plans.
To be able to apply for a business visa for Estonia, you must meet the following conditions -
As per the Estonia business visa requirements, the following is the list of documents that are required to be produced for the application -
The time taken to process the Estonia business visa for Indians depends on a few factors such as the number of entries, the volume of application at the embassy, the exact purpose of the visit, and so on. Normally, you will receive your permit in about 15 working days. However, this may increase based on the above factors. As a result, it is suggested that you apply well in advance.
The total fees for the permit depend on several aspects such as the entry type, the biometric charges, as well as any other service charges. Due to the fluctuating nature, it is recommended that you check the exact amount before starting the application.
Upon successful submission of the application and the fees, the embassy will begin processing. If the embassy requires any additional documentation, you will be contacted. Depending on the respective processing times, your application will be processed. You may either pick it up from the VAC or get it delivered to you for an extra fee.
While you are waiting for your approval, you may check the status of your application. You can do this by visiting the website of the VAC and then using the tracking tool provided there. You will require to input your application number and name for this. Alternately, you may contact the respective travel agency to have them track it for you.
Once you are in possession of this permit, you must keep in mind the following key points to ensure that you have a pleasant journey.
You cannot extend it. Similar to other forms of the C category visa, these are non-extendable. You are expected to leave the country before the date of expiry. Staying back in the country without a valid extension can get you deported and face a re-entry ban. However, in extreme cases, you may be granted an extension.
You cannot stay back even for an extra day. As per the requirements, you must leave the country before the date on the sticker in your passport. Staying back after this is considered as an offence and can cause serious problems. If you do require to stay longer in the country, you may exit the country and then apply for another permit.
Just like the other short term Schengen permits, there are no mandatory medical tests for the business category. Being issued for a duration of only 3 months, there is no rule for it. However, for the longer categories, there may be mandatory health requirements. In either case, it is suggested that you get a medical test done before travelling to a new country.
Also known as the business permit, you cannot convert these into any other types. Once you have stayed for the duration mentioned, you must exit the country. However, if you do want to apply for a tourist permit, you can do so by leaving the country first and then applying from your home country. Please note that you can take part in tourism activities while you are on a business permit.
Yes, Estonia, being a part of the Schengen region allows visa-free travel between the countries. As a result, you are free to move between them. However, please note that possessing this Schengen does not allow you to automatically enter the other countries. Your entry is still dependent on the immigration procedures and rules of the independent country.