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Estonia

Ukraine nationals in Ukraine

Situations where they can apply for visas in Ukraine

N/A

Any special considerations

The order of the Head of the Police and Border Guard Board (from February 24) allows visa free entry into Estonia for Ukrainian citizens who hold biometric passports, as well as those who do not have a biometric passport but do have a valid travel document (a citizen’s passport (both biometric and non-biometric), a diplomatic passport, a service passport, a non-citizens passport/a refugee’s travel document, a seaman’s passport).

If they cannot apply for visas in Ukraine, alternative options

The order of the Head of the Police and Border Guard Board (from February 24) allows visa free entry into Estonia for Ukrainian citizens who hold biometric passports, as well as those who do not have a biometric passport but do have a valid travel document (a citizen’s passport (both biometric and non-biometric), a diplomatic passport, a service passport, a non-citizens passport/a refugee’s travel document, a seaman’s passport).

Non-Ukraine nationals in Ukraine

Situations where they can apply for visas in Ukraine

N/A

Any special considerations

Non-Ukrainian nationals of third countries and stateless persons who can prove that they were legally residing in Ukraine on the basis of a valid permanent residence permit and who cannot return in safe and durable conditions to their country of origin are eligible for either EU temporary protection or adequate national protection, depending on the EU country they are in.

If they cannot apply for visas in Ukraine, alternative options

Non-Ukrainian nationals of third countries and stateless persons who can prove that they were legally residing in Ukraine on the basis of a valid permanent residence permit and who cannot return in safe and durable conditions to their country of origin are eligible for either EU temporary protection or adequate national protection, depending on the EU country they are in.

Ukraine nationals in Destination Country

Options

Ukrainian citizens have to follow the orders given by their own state. If Ukraine allows its citizens to leave, then a Ukrainian citizen does not need a visa to come to Estonia. The family members of Ukrainian citizens (children, parents, spouses) who are citizens of some other country and whose visa or other basis for stay has expired or is about to expire may temporarily remain in Estonia. Additionally, the Police and Border Guard Board can admit other arrivals, e.g. partners, from Ukraine to Estonia on humanitarian grounds, in order to maintain family unity.

Other considerations

If a Ukrainian citizen does not have a valid travel document and he reaches the external border of Estonia and wishes to receive protection from the state of Estonia, it is possible for him to submit an application for international protection at the border crossing point. International protection must be applied for in the first safe country that the person reaches.

As of March 2, 2022, Ukrainian nationals are being offered temporary protection that will start immediately, across the EU, and last for one year. If the situation persists, this period will be automatically extended twice by six monthly periods for up to one year. This temporary protection means; 1. Residency Rights, 2. Access to the labor market subject to Member States’ labor market policies, 3. Access to housing, 4. Social Welfare, 5. Medical or other assistance, and 6. Unaccompanied children and teenagers are entitled to legal guardianship and access to education.

Links to latest Government information

https://kriis.ee/en/security-situation-europe/ukrainian-war-refugees/coming-estonia

EUR-Lex – 52022PC0091 – EN – EUR-Lex (europa.eu)