Estonia provides the opportunity to apply for a digital nomad visa if you meet the following requirements:
- You can work regardless of location and perform your duties remotely using telecommunications.
- You either have a valid employment contract with a company registered outside Estonia, or you do business through your own company registered abroad, or you work as a freelancer mainly outside Estonia.
- You can provide evidence that you reached the required income threshold over a period of six months preceding the application. Currently, the monthly income threshold is 3,504 EUR (netto).
Stages of the Digital Nomad Visa application process.
- Fill out an online application for a Digital Nomad Visa here.
- Print out the form and sign it after you fill it out. The state fee is 80 EUR for short-term stays and 100 EUR for long-term stays.
- In addition to the general visa application procedure and rules, you will need to provide documents proving that you meet the digital nomad status requirements.
- Make an appointment at the nearest Estonian embassy or consulate in order to file your signed application and submit copies of all required supporting documents.
Applications are considered within 30 days.
If you are already legally in Estonia and would like to extend your stay, you can also apply for a Digital Nomad Visa at the Police and Border Guard Board. If you choose to apply in Estonia, make sure you have enough time for the application processing period.
Differences between Digital Nomad Visa and e-Residency
For 6 years now, the e-Residency program, founded in 2014, has allowed entrepreneurs from different parts of the world to manage companies incorporated in Estonia entirely online. While the Digital Nomad Visa, which was launched in July 2020, is already gaining traction among digital entrepreneurs who plan to live and work remotely in the Baltics for up to one year.
The establishment of a company in Estonia is not required for a remote worker in order to live and work in Estonia from 6 months to 1 year. The main difference between the two instances is that the Digital Nomad visa is intended for foreigners who do not have an Estonian company, but plan to stay in Estonia for a while in order to legally conduct their business established outside Estonia.
The issuance of this visa takes from 15 days and does not grant the applicant with Estonian citizenship or the right to obtain a residence permit in the European Union.
|Getting a Digital Nomad Visa in Estonia||1,000 EUR|