Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet said at a meeting with the Tourism Companies Association that Estonian citizens can by now travel to more than 100 counties visa free, LETA/Postimees Online reports.
"Most recently Brazil and Kyrgyzstan were added as visa-free travel destinations and starting January 10, Armenia is also visa-free," he said.
Paet said that year-after-year, more people travel to Estonia too. "For example our foreign representations in Moscow, St Petersburg, Pskov, Kiev, Minsk and Tbilisi received 90,037 visa application in the first ten months of 2010; in the first ten months of this year we have received 138,823 applications," said Paet.
Paet added that Estonia has simplified its visa policy in the framework of the Schengen area legislation and Estonia's embassies and consulates issue more visas for repeat entrance and duration of up to 5 years. Starting 2007 it is possible to fill in a visa application online. Visas can be applied for via exterior service providers, this can be done in Russia and Ukraine where a contact with the company Pony Express has been concluded.