Often overlooked, Estonia is a former Soviet country that gained its independence in 1991. It’s actually my 98th country! I actually had a chance to roam around the capital, Tallinn; and it was so beautiful. With diverse cultures, gorgeous buildings and affordability, it’s a great place to visit in Europe.
For Philippine Passport Holders, you need a Schengen visa to enter Estonia. Since there is no Estonia Embassy in the Philippines, the Royal Norwegian Embassy has been given the authority to issue visas on their behalf. Here are the steps and the requirements below to help you with your Estonia Schengen Visa application and come to this charming country.
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Quick Facts About Estonia Schengen Visa
Validity: short stay for up to 90 days for a 180 Day Period
Number of Entries: Single, Double, Multiple Entry
Processing Time: 15 days
Note: The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Manila is Authorized to process Short term Schengen Visas Applications for Estonia.
Embassy: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Manila
Address: 12th Floor, DelRosarioLaw Centre, 21st Drive corner 20th Drive, Bonifacio Global City, 1630 Taguig, Metro Manila
Contact Number: +63 (0) 2 5317 2700 I +47 23 95 47
Email Address: Manila.Consular@mfa.no
Where to apply in Manila: Visa Application Centre Manila
Address: Ground Flr. Ecoplaza Bldg 2305, Don Chino Roces Ave Ext, Makati 1231, Philippines
Where to apply in Cebu: Visa Application Centre Cebu
Address: Unit 503, 5th Floor, Keppel Center, Samar Loop cor. Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City Province 6000, Philippines
Who Needs To Apply For Estonia Schengen Visa
1. Those who are only visiting Estonia;
2. Those who are traveling around the Schengen Area and will be staying in Estonia for the longest duration; or
3. Those whose first entry is in Estonia, if going to other Schengen Countries in equal length.
Documents Required for Estonia Schengen Visa
All documents must be submitted in an A4 Format. You can use this checklist as a guide.
1. Cover Letter – printed from the online Application Portal. It must be signed by the applicant. Proof of payment via receipt number should be seen.
2. One Passport-sized photo with white background and not older than 6 months – paste your photo (not staple) on the designated space of the checklist, altered photos are not accepted
3. Original Passport – with at least two blank pages and valid for at least 3 months after the departure in the Schengen Area
4. Photocopy of original passport – a clear copy of your bio page and the used pages that have visas and stamps
5. Proof of accommodation – hotel booking or reservation
6. Itinerary – detailed day-to-day list of activities during your trip
- Original Bank certificate or transcript
- Photocopy of credit card statements for the last 6 months
8. Ties (if applicable)
- Documentation of own means or properties e.g. land titles
- Proof of Family Ties e.g. PSA Marriage Certificate or Birth Certificate
- Employed – Employment Certificate or work contract photocopy (with applicant’s position, length of service and salary) and Approved Leave of Absence
- Self – Employed – DTI/SEC Certificate, latest Income Tax Return
- Student – Proof of Enrollment and Leave of Absence from School
10. Photocopy of Round trip Airline Ticket Reservation – it is not required to pay or buy the ticket until visa is granted.
11. Photocopy of Travel Medical Insurance – It should be applicable for all Schengen States and cover the entire stay or transit period of the person. The minimum is EUR 30,000 /PHP 2.5 million / USD 50,000. I highly recommend AXA Schengen for this!
12. Visa Fee
- EURO 60
- 6-12 years old – EURO 35
- Service Fee – PHP 1,535.00
- Courier Fee – EUR 3.00
Additional Requirements for Minors (under the age of 18)
- Proof of Means of Parents or Guardian
- Affidavit of support and consent of parents or guardian
- Copy of passport of parents or guardian or government-issued ID
- PSA Birth Certificate
- DSWD Clearance
Step-By-Step Guide On How Filipinos Can Apply For Estonia Schengen Visa
STEP 1: Go to this website.
- Create a new user account. Type your e-mail as a confirmation code will be sent to you.
- Check your e-mail and enter the verification code on the website. Enter a new password.
- Click “Want to Apply.” Then, click “New Application” and “Application forms for citizens of all countries.” You will be choosing the “Visitor’s Visa.”
- Check the legal disclaimer and proceed to enter your details.
- Review your application summary.
STEP 2: Pay the fee via Visa or Mastercard and submit your application. An e-mail will be sent to you with your cover letter, print and sign it.
STEP 3: Gather all your documents, including the cover letter and the checklist.
STEP 4: Book an appointment at this website.
STEP 5: Pay the additional fees (service fee and courier fee). Have your biometric data taken (photograph and fingerprints).
STEP 6: Track your application.
STEP 7: Receive your passport via the application center or courier. Copy of the bio-page of your passport and receipt when claiming; you can claim it in the center from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Mondays to Fridays.
Frequently Asked Questions About Estonia Schengen Visa
1. How much is the Short Term Visa Fee?
Visa Fee is EURO 60 for 13 years old and above. For 6 – 12 years old the fee is EURO 35, while it’s free for those 5 years old and below
2. How much are the Other Fees?
VFS logistics Fee is Php 1,535 while shipment of your documents and passport to Thailand is EURO 3.
3. How long can I travel with my Short Stay Visa?
90 days maximum.
4. How long does a visa application usually take?
A visa application usually takes up to 15 days. However, in some cases, the Embassy may take 30 days of processing time and ask for additional documentation and further verifications.
You can submit your application up to 3 months before your planned departure.
5. Can I submit another Schengen application form instead of applying online?
No, you must adhere to the rules of the Norway Embassy where you need to apply online. A cover letter is a requirement in the application and you can only get it via the portal. If you can’t, then try other embassies.
6. I don’t have a Visa or Mastercard, can I pay at the center?
No, you need to pay online. The service fee and courier fees are paid at the center, while the visa fee is paid online. You might want to borrow a relatives’ credit card.
7. Do I need to apply personally?
Yes, except when the applicant is below 12 years old, biometrics are taken, so you are required to visit the application center.
8. Where exactly are the Visa Application Centers?
Norway Visa Application Centre
Ground Floor, Ecoplaza Bldg.
Don Chino Roces Ave.
Makati City, Metro Manila
Norway Visa Application Centre
Unit 503, 5th Floor, Keppel Center
Samar Loop cor. Cardinal Rosales Avenue
Cebu Business Park
Cebu City 6000, Philippines
9. Do I need to book an appointment?
You need to book an appointment so that you can be catered at the Application Center.
10. How do I check the status of my application?
You can check at VFS Global website to track your application.
11. Can someone else get my passport?
Yes, you can have someone else can get it for you. They need to bring the original official receipt, copy of your passport’s bio-page, an authorization letter, and a photocopy of your ID.
12. Can I get my visa via courier?
Yes, you can. You need to coordinate with VFS Global.
13. Is there an interview?
Not necessarily, but you may be called for an interview at the Embassy in case they see something wrong with your documents, or they want some clarification with the purpose of your stay.
14. Do I need a Paid Flight Booking?
No. Only a CONFIRMED BOOKING is required. Our Rent-A-Flight Service is the best for this. For just 1,500 Pesos, you can get a LEGITIMATE and CONFIRMABLE booking.
15. What company do you recommend for the insurance?
AXA Schengen! The best thing about them is they will completely refund your payment in case your visa doesn’t get approved.
16. My visa is rejected! What remedy do I have?
You can either file a Remonstrance Letter or submit another application from another EU Embassy. Click here to view full remedies in case of visa denial and what you can do to avoid it.
Estonia is definitely a place you won’t regret visiting as it is beautiful and exquisite. Filipinos need a Schengen Visa to visit Estonia, I hope this guide will help you in your application. If you need assistance, just let me know! I can personally train you for interview questions and go through your requirements one by one. We’ll both work hard for you to get that visa of your dreams! Set an appointment now!
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