Estonia Introduces Long-stay Visa Fees for Ukrainians and Belarusians

Posted on: 23 Sep 2019  |   Tags: European Travel , Travel to Europe ,

Estonia Introduces Long-stay Visa Fees for Ukrainians and Belarusians

The state assumes roughly €2 million to be gathered from the initiation of long-stay visa fees, identified as D visas, and extra consular fees. Also, fees will be proposed for allowing appeals, announcing documents at international missions or by the Estonian Honorary Consular. The ministry told it was one of the only nations which still gave few of these services for free.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry demonstrated the decision was executed when reviewing next year's plan on budget.

Recent Reforms by Estonia on Visa Fees

Since June 2017 citizens of Ukrainian who hold bio-metric passports do not need a visa to access European Union nations in the Schengen zone for short-term stays. A long-term visa which is free may also be given if a person finds an opportunity and aspires to stay in a EU nation.

Liisa Toots, Foreign ministry spokesperson told that in the situation of Ukrainians it is no longer justified to grant them long-stay visas which is free as maximum people are appealing for work visas. However, she continued that in specific cases it will still be probable to create an exception for few Ukrainians from a visa fee.

A related exemption that has been in implementation since 2011 will be removed for Belarus citizens. "Like Ukraine, Belarus citizens will still have the chance to make exemptions, if needed, and Estonia will remain to comprehensively strengthen the EU's Eastern association program," told Toots. She told 90% of Belarusians appeal for visas as they work in the nation.

The Eastern Association program encourages the development of Armenia, Georgia,  Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova.

Martin Helme, Finance Minister told E.R.R that, as per the Foreign Affairs Ministry, after announcing these visa fees, revenues to the budget of state will rise by about €2 million. Budget discussions are presently on the way and the budget is expected to be declared in the following week. On 9 Sept Martin Helme stated at a press conference that the demand for cutbacks in 2019 is approximately €50 million.

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