Residency permits, visas, weapons permits

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The embassy at the country of stay must be contacted to obtain the return permit. Residence permits for holders of foreign passports and persons with undetermined citizenship cannot be issued by embassies, and the Police and Border Guard Board will not send the documents to embassies.

NB! The travel document is a passport, residence permit alone is not suitable for crossing the borders. If the residence permit is valid but the passport expires, you must also contact the embassy.

Last updated: 14.04.2020 19:45

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As of May 27, the usual procedure will resume. Decisions are made in the case of short-term employment within 15 working days and in the case of a residence permit application within two months.

Additional information can be obtained from the case handlers or from the client service hotline of the Police and Border Guard Board, tel 612 3000.

Last updated: 26.05.2020 09:02

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If you have more complex or additional questions you can turn to the migration counsellors of the Police and Border Guard Board by e-mail at migrationadvice@politsei.ee or by phone at +372 612 3500 (Monday to Friday 9-15).

Last updated: 14.04.2020 19:42

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The Police and Border Guard Board automatically extends the period of validity of permits that expire between March 16 and May 31, as the issuance of health certificates has been suspended due to the risk of infection.

  • If the permit expires between March 16 to March 30, the period of validity will be extended by 90 calendar days.
  • If the permit expires between April 1 to May 31, the period of validity will be extended by 60 calendar days.

The period of extension will be calculated from the date of expiry on the permit.

The decision applies to weapons permits, permits to carry weapons, parallel weapons permits and collection permits.

The extension of the period of validity of the permit will thus not impose any additional obligations on the holder of the permit. There is also no need to hand the weapons over to the police immediately after the period of validity ends.

The application to renew the weapons permit and all other necessary documents must be submitted after the emergency situation ends, in the case of an expiry of a weapons permit or a permit to carry weapons, at least one month before the period of validity ends.

Last updated: 14.04.2020 11:22

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You can enter Estonia with a visa, visas are currently being issued to the family members of European Union citizens. If applying for the residence permit for the first time, another option is to send the application to the Police and Boarder Guard Board, and note the place of issue at an embassy, pay for the state levy, and arrive in Estonia with the residence permit card.

Last updated: 01.04.2020 21:14

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No, it won't.

Last updated: 02.04.2020 13:56

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Foreign nationals who can return to their country of residence must leave Estonia before the end of the legal stay. Foreigners who had a legal basis for staying in Estonia as of 12 March and who have been prevented from returning home, have a legal basis for a temporary stay in Estonia.

Last updated: 14.05.2020 00:04

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No. A reasonable time period is granted for searching for a new job and to process documentation.

Last updated: 14.05.2020 00:05

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All permits and operating permits issued under the Arms Act are extended, except for the European Firearms Pass, which will expire during the emergency situation.

The emergency situation lasts until May 17 (included), so the validity of weapons permits which expired between Marcy 12, 2020 until May 17, 2020, is extended until July 16, 2020.

Last updated: 24.05.2020 16:05

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No, it will not.

Last updated: 14.05.2020 00:02

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Yes, if you have submitted an application for purchasing the gun or an application for a weapons permit, then the permits officer will contact you, and you will agree upon the test.

Last updated: 25.05.2020 14:58

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The application for the change of weapons permits must be submitted within the time limit specified in the Act:

  • in the event of the expiry of the weapons permit or permit to carry a weapon – at least one month before the expiry of the permit;
  • in the event of invalidity of the weapons permit or permit to carry a weapon – immediately after the loss of validity of the permit;
  • in the event of a change of data of the owner of the weapon, weapons permit, or permit to carry a weapon, or the weapon storage location – within seven working days after the change of data or location.

Before replacing the permit, the holder of the permit must prove the existence of weapons included on the permit.

Last updated: 13.05.2020 23:20

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In this case, an application for a change of weapons permit must be submitted without a medical certificate. According to the law, the Police and Boarder Guard Board allows for a reasonable deadline for adding the medical certificate to the application.

Last updated: 13.05.2020 23:15

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More information about the coronavirus and restrictions related to it is available calling 1247 (from abroad +372 600 1247).