We must bring what is happening in Belarus to the world’s attention and hear from those on the ground. Briefers on #BYHumanRights: UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Anaïs Marin; Belarusian opposition presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya; Vice-Chairman of the Viasna Human Rights Center, Valiantsin Stefanovic; Legal Expert for the Belarusian Association of Journalists, Volha Siakhovich. The meeting is chaired by Urmas Reinsalu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. The meeting was initiated by Estonia and co-sponsored by UN Security Council members the United States and United Kingdom, as well as Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine.

Applying for Visa

According to the Estonian Government’s decision “A temporary restriction on entry to Estonia due to the pandemic spread of the coronavirus COVID-19” which is taking effect on 17 March 2020, the Embassy temporarily stops accepting applications for the visas. Accepting visa applications (to Estonia, also to Finland and Sweden) will be suspended until further notice from 17 March, also effective for VAC of VFS Global. Visa applications can be now submitted only at  VFS Global: tel +375 17 388 0255, e-mail info.estbe@vfshelpline.com. For further information please consult the webpage of VFS Global.

Please read more: https://vm.ee/en/news/estonia-temporarily-suspends-issuing-schengen-visas

IMPORTANT! You can read more about the emergency situation from the webpage https://www.kriis.ee/en/travelling-and-border-crossing


From July 1st 2020 comes into force an agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Belarus on the facilitation of the issuance of visas: https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-12363-2019-INIT/en/pdf.

The visa facilitation agreement will make it easier and cheaper for Belarus citizens travelling to the Schengen area and EU citizens travelling to Belarus to obtain a visa. The agreement simplifies the documentation which needs to be presented by certain categories of citizens as well as the issuance of multiple entry visas for some categories of frequent travellers. It also reduces the general fee for processing visa applications to 35 euros. This agreement applies to short term travel, defined as a stay of no more than 90 days in any 180 days period.

Read more: https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/belarus/79984/node/79984_en



How to apply for a Schengen visa?

Please note that our Embassy accepts only prefilled online application forms for applying for a Schengen visa. Please use the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM. The completed application form has to be printed out, signed and submitted to the Embassy.

Visa applications can be submitted from Monday to Friday, prior appointment is needed. For appointment please book the time in advance. Visa application must be lodged at least 15 calendar days before the intended visit (as this is the normal processing time) and cannot be lodged earlier than six months before the start of the intended visit.


From 25.10.2019 state fees can be paid at the embassy only with a bank card.

Issuing of visas: from Monday to Thursday 15.00-16.00.

For more detailed information about applying Schengen visa please visit the Russian version of this website.

Additional information about Schengen visa can be also found from  https://vm.ee/en/applying-visa-schengen-area.

Additional information about long-stay (D) visa   https://www.vm.ee/en/long-stay-d-visa

Information about Digital Nomad Visa  https://e-resident.gov.ee/nomadvisa/

Applicants for Schengen visas to Estonia, Finland and Sweden may apply through the VFS Global Centre offices in Minsk, Brest, Hrodna, Mogilev, Pinsk, Lida, Baranovich, Vitebsk and Gomel. For further information please consult the webpage of VFS Global.