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Passport Control and Schengen

 

The Schengen visa agreement extends the fundamental rights of the citizens of the European Union to travel and work within the EU. At the moment, the Schengen visa space consists of the free movement area of 26 European countries, where the border check needs to be performed just once, when entering the visa space.

 

From the beginning of this September, passengers can cross the border using the Automated Border Control system.

 

The machines set up for automated border crossing may be used by any passenger who:

  • is a citizen of a state in the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Schengen Visa Area
  • is at least 15 years of age
  • holds a valid biometric passport (e-passport)

 

Before you use the automated border crossing system, please follow the instructions displayed on the screens.

 

 

Even though on the internal borders of the Schengen area people are not checked, a passport or identification document (ID card) still needs to be carried with you, as the authorities of the Schengen countries, such as the police or migration office has the right to check people’s documents.

 

Estonia joined the Schengen agreement in December 2007, and in March 2008 the Estonian air border was also opened.

 

Schengen countries

 

Austria

Belgium

Estonia

Spain

The Netherlands

Iceland

Italy

Greece

Lithuania

Liechtenstein

Luxembourg

Latvia

Malta

Norway

Poland

Portugal

France

Sweden

Germany

Slovakia

Slovenia

Finland

Switzerland

Denmark

Czech Republic

Hungary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will find more information of the rights in the Schengen area on these pages:

http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/entry-exit/index_en.htm

http://www.siseministeerium.ee/25377

http://www.vm.ee/est/kat_429/8997.html