EU Citizen’s Right of Residence
Citizens of the member states of the European Union, the European
Economic Area, and the Swiss Confederation (hereinafter “EU citizens”)
have the right to stay in Estonia on the basis of a valid travel
document or identity card for the period of up to 3 months. As
international students stay longer, the following 2 steps are
1) Register the place of residence
To obtain the right of temporary residence, EU citizens must register
themselves as citizens of Tartu within 3 months from the date of
entering Estonia. That can be done at the Population Register Office.
Required documents for the registration:
See more information about Population Register Office in Tartu.
Once you have registered yourself as a citizen of Tartu, you receive the Estonian ID code (isikukood).
2) Apply for an ID card
Within the period of one month from the acquisition of the right of
temporary residence, you must personally contact the Migration Bureau to
apply for an identity card that certifies your right of temporary
residence. Required documents for the identity card:
an application for identity documents;
- an identity document;
- 1 color photo with measures 40x50 mm;
- a document certifying the payment of the state fee.
See more information about the Citizenship and Migration Bureau Tartu Service Point (Kodakondsus- ja Migratsioonibüroo Tartu teenindus).
EU citizens must pay the state fee of 25 EUR. After registration, the right of permanent residence is granted for a period of five years.
in the Migration Bureau mostly speak Estonian, some Russian, and only a few of them English. It is recommended to take your tutor or someone who
speaks Estonian with you.
Other Nationals must apply for a visa to the Schengen area.
Non-EU Citizen’s Residence Permits and Visas
All students, whose study period in Estonia is up to 6 months, can use D-visa to enter and study in Estonia. Students who study in Estonia for up to 6 months
can apply for a long-stay (D) visa instead of a temporary residence
permit (TRP) for study.
NB! It is not possible to extend D-visa. Students
who stay for longer than 6 months must apply for the Estonian TRP.
For more information, please see the section "The list of documents to be
submitted for TRP".
may be issued for single or multiple entries into Estonia. If you plan
to travel during your study period, you should apply for a visa with multiple entries. D-visa enables you to travel in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in a 6-month period.
D-visa holders do not need to register themselves in the Population Register Office in Tartu or apply for a residence permit! D-visa can be applied in person only at the Estonian embassies.
Documents to be submitted upon application for visa:
valid travel document that
is issued within the previous 10 years, contains at least two blank pages
for the visa, and is valid at least 3 months after the expiration date of the
application form (provided by the embassy or from the following webpage: Ministry of Foreign Affairs);
one photo (size 35x45 mm);
an insurance policy valid for Estonia or for the Schengen area with coverage of at least 30,000 EUR for the entire duration of stay;
documents indicating the purpose of the journey: Acceptance;
any information which supports the applicant's intention to leave the Schengen area before the expiry of the visa;
documents proving the sufficient means of subsistence for
the duration of the intended stay and for the return to the country of
origin or residence (86 € for each day in Estonia): i.e. your
scholarship proof or bank statement;
a visa fee of 80 €
More information about long-stay (D) visa
NB! Please pay
attention when filling in the application that the duration of your
intended stay (counted in days) would cover your whole study period.
After you have received the visa, you should check if the duration of
stay (number of days you are allowed to be in the Schengen area) covers your
study period. If not, you will later need to apply for a temporary
residence permit for study.
If you should have any problems concerning your rights as a D-visa holder, please contact the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs orPolice and Border Guard Board immediately. Additional information from the web page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
After your arrival:
D-visa holders are not required to have an Estonian
ID code. However, it is highly recommended that you get one, as without
it you will not be able to receive transportation discounts, register
with a family doctor, or use a variety of other e-services.
To get an ID code, you must visit the Tartu City Government department at the address: Tiigi 12, room 7 (
office hours are 9.00-12.00 and 13.00-16.00
Please bring your Acceptance Letter or proof of studies with you (you can get this from the Erasmus Coordinator).
Once you get an Estonian identification code, please send it to your Erasmus Coordinator.
It will then be inserted into the Study Information System. Within 4
working days, the information will be added to the National Education Info System (EHIS) and then you will be able to receive public transportation discounts and other services.