PASSPORT CONTROL AND SCHENGEN
What is Schengen?
Schengen is an agreement among European states that ensures free movement for the passengers in the countries joined with the Schengen judicial area. Practically people can travel without presenting passports. Passport control still applies to for passengers arriving from non-Schengen states. All passengers travelling from non-Schengen area or to non-Schengen area must still present their passport at the border.
Although checks of persons are not carried out at internal border crossings of Schengen judicial area, it is still necessary for European Union citizens (including Estonians) to carry a passport or identity card (ID-card), because authorities (police, immigration officials) in Schengen states do have the right to check identifying documents, if necessary.
Additional information about the Schengen judicial area is available at
Phone +372 637 7440 (E-R kl 9.00-17.00)
Phone of the secretary on duty +372 637 7000 (24h)
When did Estonia become a Schengen state?
Estonia and other new member states of the European Union (Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia) joined the Schengen judicial area on 21 December 2007. Since then checks are not carried our at land and sea border. Estonian air borders were opened on 30 March 2008.