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Digital Nomad Visa For Estonia

Estonia Quick Facts

Estonia is a country mostly known for its innovative approach toward integrating technology in its government and social structure, being named “the most advanced digital society in the world” by Wired Magazine and its nickname: e-stonia.

Capital Tallinn
Form of Government Unitary multiparty republic
Population 1.3 million in 2019
Climate Temperate and mild
Language Estonian
Currency Euro (EUR/€) - Need Help Converting?
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But Estonia is so much more than its online ecosystem which contains 99% of its governmental systems, its friendly approach toward new technologies like cryptocurrency, and its declaration of the internet as a human right — it is also a country full of beautiful landscapes, friendly people, and rich culture.

While Tallinn is the official capital of the country, Estonians have declared multiple unofficial capitals such as Tartu as the university capital, Otepää the capital of winter, Pärnu the capital of summer, Türi the capital of spring, and Kuressaare the capital of weddings.

Just like Estonians love their country, their country’s government loves its citizens, with initiatives like free public transport for Tallinn residents as well as free and open internet access.

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The country is also a startup powerhouse, having produced some of the biggest startups of all-time with names like Skype, Playtech, Transferwise, and Bolt, which has proven effective to attract entrepreneurs from all over the world.

If you are looking to create your own startup, Estonia might be the place for you! If not, it surely still have other great things to offer you! Estonians tend to be bilingual and are among the best English speakers in the continent. You will also find people who speak Russian, Finnish, and German.

If you are ready for a nordic experience with a twist and at a lower cost, make sure to keep reading to learn what is and how to apply for a digital nomad visa.

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Estonia Digital Nomad Visa Overview

The concept of digital society, which Estonia fulfills in every sense, is not only limited to ensuring access to government services via the internet but also globalization.

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This is something that Estonia has embraced, which is reflected by the launch of its Digital Nomad Visa for remote workers in August 2020.

It isn’t surprising to see these kinds of innovations coming from a country that has made technology and internet connectivity part of its very core, especially after a year that saw remote work increase exponentially due to the COVID19 pandemic.

While the Estonian Digital Nomad Visa might be new, the interest of the government in facilitating immigration and access to the country’s infrastructure is not, as in 2014 it launched its e-residency program.

Estonian electronic residency allows people around the world to access Estonian services without the need to physically be in the country. With the introduction of the Digital Nomad Visa, digital nomads can now travel to and live in Estonia for up to a year while working remotely without having to worry about their legal status.

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The processing time is of just 30 days, but you will need to prove you can work remotely for a company/client registered outside Estonia. It is also noteworthy that this Visa won’t provide you with the right of citizenship or permanent residence in Estonia or the EU.

You can opt to apply for a short-stay visa (c-visa) or a long-stay visa (d-visa), each of them with a duration of 3 months or a year respectively.

Something you should keep in mind is that when it comes to taxes, you will be exempt from declaring and playing them. However, if you stay more than 183 days in a consecutive 12 month period, you will be considered an Estonian tax resident who has to declare and pay taxes.

Lastly, a surprising aspect of this visa is that you will be able to perform work for Estonian companies while staying in the country as long as your main purpose is the remote work specified in your application.

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Who Can Apply for the
Digital Nomad Visa for Estonia

The Digital Nomad Visa can be applied for by any foreigner looking to work from Estonia while working for an employer/company registered abroad or as a freelancer offering its services to a clientele mostly registered out of the country.

The Estonian government has not placed any restrictions based on the sector applicants work for or their nationality, which opens the doors to any person to apply as long as they fulfill the other requirements.

It is possible for interested parties to apply for the visa right now, but there are some restrictions as of December of 2020 depending on the country where you are living at the time. These restrictions are updated depending on the risk of contagion in different countries and can be found here.

While other countries like Italy have a quota on the number of applications they will approve each year, Estonia doesn’t have one for their Digital Nomad Visa. This is a huge win for people looking to apply, as it means you will not be competing for a limited number of visas by the start of the year.

You will still be able to play for this type of visa if you have an e-residence or you are already in Estonia, which is a huge plus as a lot of travelers decide to stay in a country once they are already there.

Family members will be able to travel with you to Estonia by applying for visas under the same conditions as yours. This is limited to your minor child or adult child if they can’t cope independently due to health concerns, and partner. Estonia recognizes same-sex partners, so this is not a limitation in any way.

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How To Apply For the
Digital Nomad Visa For Estonia

The application process for the Estonian Digital Nomad Visa is pretty straightforward, only requiring certain documentation you should be able to obtain easily without the need of having to travel to the country or finding a proxy.

It is highly likely that you already fulfill these requirements if you are a digital nomad or are considering becoming one, especially if Europe is part of your itinerary.


Requirements for Applying

As with any other bureaucratic procedure, you will need not only to fulfill some requirements when applying for this visa but also provide documentation proving that you fulfill them.


To do so, all applicants should make sure to fulfill the following requirements before applying:

Have an active employment contract with a company registered in another country, do business through your own company registered in another country, or work as a freelancer for clients mostly located in other countries.

The Estonian government does not differentiate between the public or private sector when it comes to applying for this visa

Be able to work remotely using telecommunications technology.

Be able to work without being bound by the location.

Having a gross income that meets or exceeds the monthly income threshold established by the Estonian government (€3504 in 2020).

You will be required to provide evidence for the 6 months before your application.
You are not required to already have the funds for all the duration of your visa.
Decisions on what is sufficient legal income can be made on a case-by-case basis depending on the proof of income you submit.

Pass a background check.

Paying the processing fee (€100 for a D visa and €100 for a C visa).

Having a valid travel document.

Proving that you fulfill the first 2 requirements will be essential for you to be approved for this type of visa, you can do this by providing one or various of the following documents:

A written explanation of your intentions to use the visa for remote teleworking.

A written confirmation from your employer stating that you can perform your work duties remotely;

An employment contract or other similar contract that demonstrates your obligations to an employer or other company.

A certificate from your local competent authority concerning the payment of mandatory taxes or social security contributions.

A certificate from the company’s local competent authority that shows the name, location, field of activity, your participation in the company, and information concerning the legal representatives of the company.

Any other documents you can provide and prove these facts, such as written confirmation from clients, invoices, emails, contacts, etc.

Other documentation you will need provide includes:

Documents certifying your income in the six months that precede the application. The need to indicate the amount, as well as the regularity and sources of income.

A written description of your study and professional life course.

A travel document issued in the last 10 years with at least 2 blank pages and 3 months before the expiration date.

35×45 mm photo.

An insurance policy that covers illness expenses for the duration of the visa being requested.

Biometrical data will be collected at the time of the application.

It is important to keep in mind that the more robust the documentation you provide, the better your chances of proving your digital nomad/remote worker status is. While it might seem like a lot of work, it really is as easy as sending an email requesting the documents or taking the time to redact/compile them.

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How much does it cost?

As this process does take time and effort from the Estonian authorities, you will need to pay a visa processing fee. This fee was €100 for a D visa and €80 for a C visa in 2020, which are paid at the time of applying in the Estonian Embassy or Police and Border Guard office.

This processing fee is non-refundable, which means the money will be “lost” if you are denied the visa.

Family members of an Estonian or an EU/ EEA citizen are exempted from paying the visa processing fee.


Timeline for Applying

Due to the requirements of the Digital Nomad visa for Estonia, you won’t need to wait multiple months before knowing if you can travel to the country or not.


How much time you need in advance will depend entirely on how fast you can obtain the required documentation from your clients or employers. This means that the process will only take up to 30 days when it comes to the Estonian government.

  1. Make sure you meet the requirements for the Digital Nomad Visa
  2. Complete the visa application form online in English, Russian, or Estonian. You can find and pre-fill it here.
  3. Print and sign the visa application form.
  4. Gather copies of all the required and supporting documentation.
  5. Check with your local Estonian embassy if you are required to get an appointment. Submit the application in-person in your local embassy or Estonian Police and Border Guard office.If there is not an Estonian embassy in your country, you will need to either travel to Estonia or the nearest Estonian Representation in another country.
  6. Wait for your application to be processed. This can take between 15 and 30 days.

Unlike other remote work and digital nomad visas, you won’t need to obtain further documentation or apply for other permits once the visa has been granted.

However, be aware that you will be able to apply for a second Digital Nomad visa of 6 months if you decide to stay in the country for a longer period, which is not considered the same as a visa extension.

This is due to the limitation by EU law for foreigners on long term visas, who can stay for a maximum of 548 days within 730 consecutive days, as Estonia is part of the European Union. Additionally, this means that you will be able to travel to other countries in the EU for 90 days within 180 consecutive days if you have an Estonian digital nomad long-stay visa.

Now that you know all there is to know about what the Estonian Digital Nomad visa is and how to apply for it, you can start collecting your documentation, planning your trip, and getting ready for your next destination.

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Requirements for Applying
"Have an active employment contract with a company registered in another country, do business through your own company registered in another country, or work as a freelancer for clients mostly located in other countries.

The Estonian government does not differentiate between the public or private sector when it comes to applying for this visa"
Be able to work remotely using telecommunications technology.
Be able to work without being bound by the location.
"Having a gross income that meets or exceeds the monthly income threshold established by the Estonian government (€3504 in 2020).

You will be required to provide evidence for the 6 months before your application.
You are not required to already have the funds for all the duration of your visa.
Decisions on what is sufficient legal income can be made on a case-by-case basis depending on the proof of income you submit."
Pass a background check.
Paying the processing fee (€100 for a D visa and €100 for a C visa).
Having a valid travel document.
A written explanation of your intentions to use the visa for remote teleworking.
A written confirmation from your employer stating that you can perform your work duties remotely;
An employment contract or other similar contract that demonstrates your obligations to an employer or other company.
A certificate from your local competent authority concerning the payment of mandatory taxes or social security contributions.
A certificate from the company’s local competent authority that shows the name, location, field of activity, your participation in the company, and information concerning the legal representatives of the company.
Any other documents you can provide and prove these facts, such as written confirmation from clients, invoices, emails, contacts, etc.
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