Travel Documents and Passport Control

All passengers using international air transport are required to submit a valid identification document when booking a flight as well as when boarding the plane. As of May 1st2006 the same applies to all domestic flights. When travelling to a non-Schengen destination, passengers are also required to pass through local passport controls.

Accepted travel documents on Estonian domestic flights are your ID-card or a passport. Accepted travel documents for international flights are your ID-card (within the European Union) and passport (everywhere in the world).

Pursuant to the Schengen Borders Code, all citizens of third party states must carry a valid travel document entitling them to cross the border upon entering the territory of an EU member state. Upon crossing an external border, the travel document must remain valid for at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the member states. The travel documents must have been issued within the last ten years.

Please make sure your travel documents are valid and meet the requirements of your destination country before you book your flights. Find out whether you need to apply for a visa for your destination country or for the countries where you’ll have your connecting flights. Detailed information is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Travelling with an Estonian Aliens Passport

If you are a holder of an Estonian aliens passport, you will need to carry this passport as well as your Estonian residence permit (such as your ID-card) when travelling. NB! Newer alien passports do not have the residency sticker!

Passport control

Passengers must go through passport control when arriving from or travelling to a country that is not a member of the Schengen Area (for example Egypt, Great Britain, Turkey, Russia). Passport control is conducted by the Police and Border Guard Board.

The Schengen Agreement extends the fundamental right of EU residents to freely travel and work within the European Union. Currently, the Schengen Area forms an area of free movement consisting of 26 European countries where travellers are subject to border control only once, upon entering the Area.

Although you are not a subject to regular controls on the internal borders of the Schengen Area, you still have to carrya passport or another identification (such as an ID card) as the authorities of Schengen countries still have the right to check documents.