If you are an EU citizen, you do not need to apply for an Estonian visa. If you are a non-EU citizen, you must check whether the citizens of your country need a visa to enter Estonia. The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has listed the countries whose citizens do not need a visa to enter Estonia.
NB! Citizens of Ukraine, please note that the normal Estonian visa and residence permit rules for Ukrainians don’t currently apply. If Ukraine allows you to leave, then you don’t need a visa to come to Estonia. You can come here and directly apply (in person) for a temporary residence permit for the purpose of study. Because of the large increase in applications, the queues for application appointments are currently very long, so please use the opportunity to book your temporary residence permit appointment online well in advance. See details and instructions from the link above.
If you need a visa to enter Estonia, you must apply for a long-stay visa (D-visa) for study purposes at the nearest Estonian Embassy in your country or abroad. You can prefill the visa application form online. You must present the Letter of Acceptance (or Conditional Letter of Acceptance) to the embassy. For detailed instructions on applying for a visa, please see TalTech’s International students welcome page.
What if you are a non-EU citizen and you do not need a visa to enter Estonia? In that case, please consider that the duration of your visa-free stay in Estonia is usually limited to 3 months. The long-stay visa (D-visa) allows you to stay in Estonia for 365 days. Your nominal doctoral study period, however, is much longer - about 4 years. You will in any case need a Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) which allows you to stay for the duration of your studies. If you are able to arrange your TRP appointment very soon after you have arrived in Estonia without a visa, it is possible that you will receive your TRP before your 3 month visa-free stay ends. However, if your TRP appointment is scheduled 1, 2 or 3 months after you have already arrived in Estonia without a visa, you are going to need to apply for a long-stay visa in order to stay in Estonia until you have received the TRP.
NB! Please don’t forget to send the Research Administration Office your visa appointment date and a copy of the visa stamp after you have receieved it. Additionally, please keep the Research Administration Office informed about your exact arrival date.