Nonimmigrant Visas

The United States Embassy in Tallinn has resumed normal visa operations in all categories for applicants who are resident in Estonia. Please note that the wait times listed on the website are only for Estonian residents.

Embassy Tallinn has non-resident appointments available within three calendar days. We can’t provide personalized answers by email, social media, or telephone about topics that are covered on our website.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us ( page for full information or use contact information below:

  • Email: To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to
  • Telephone: Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:
  • Callers in Estonia: Call 372- 880-6000
  • Callers in the United States: Call +1 (703) 520-2564

Travelers who will be in the United States for a temporary period (tourists, business travelers, temporary workers, students, exchange program participants, etc.) should apply for a non-immigrant visa. Certain tourist/business travelers are now eligible to travel to the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program, if they meet certain requirements. Please visit the usatraveldocs website to determine if you are eligible to travel visa free.

Applicants planning to travel to the United States for business or tourism purposes must demonstrate that they are properly classifiable as visitors under U.S. law. Potentially useful information may include evidence and documents that demonstrate an applicant’s ties outside of the United States, the purpose of the trip, intent to depart the United States, and arrangements made to cover the costs of the trip. As a general rule it is better to prepare more documentation on the day of the interview than less. However, documents are not required to qualify for a visitor visa per se.

Airline tickets do not constitute proof of intent to depart the United States. The Embassy advises applicants to be prepared for possible delays and not to make final travel arrangements until the visa is printed.

Depending on individual circumstances, applicants may provide additional documentation substantiating the trip’s purpose and specifying the nature of binding obligations, such as family ties or employment.

Those who intend to emigrate to the United States for permanent residence (“green card”) should apply for an immigrant visa.