Estonia Digital Nomad Visa - Your Route to Working Remotely

Estonia Digital Nomad Visa

Updated on Thursday 26th January 2023

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Estonia Digital Nomad Visa.jpgThe Estonia digital nomad visa allows remote workers to come to the county and remain here while continuing to work for a company that is not established in the country.
Digital nomads have the flexibility to choose the location where they base their office. For those who wish to visit Estonia and continue their work, the Estonian nomad visa allows them to remain in the country long or short term purposes.
Our lawyers in Estonia answer some of the most important questions about this visa below.

Who can apply for the digital nomad visa in Estonia?

Any digital nomad, a location-independent worker, can choose to come to Estonia and remain in the country for one year for work purposes.
They do not need to work for an Estonian company for this to be possible, they can simply choose to apply for the Estonian digital nomad visa.
The following eligibility criteria apply:
  • persons who engage in work that can be performed independent of their location;
  • individuals who can perform their duties based on telecommunications technology;
  • those who have an ongoing employment agreement with a company registered outside the country or those who work as freelancers and have clients based largely outside the country;
  • those who can show that they have a minimum income in the 6 months preceding the application for the Estonian digital nomad visa.
Applicants should know that the minimum monthly income value is currently set at EUR 3,504 (without tax deductions).
The immigration experts at our law firm in Estonia can give you more details.

How can you apply for the Estonian nomad visa?

The application process is a straightforward one and it includes a few key steps presented below by our lawyers:
  1. fill in the application form; this is done online, it is then printed and signed by the applicant;
  2. visit the Estonian Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin to submit the application; also provide any other needed documents during this visit;
  3. wait for the Embassy’s or Consulate’s decision;
  4. travel to Estonia and set up your remote work office.
Those who are interested in applying for the Estonian digital nomad visa should make sure that they search for adequate accommodation ahead of time.
Applicants should also keep in mind the following:
  • the fee for the Type C visa is EUR 80;
  • the Type D visa has a fee of EUR 100;
  • the usual processing time for an application is 30 days.
Foreign nationals who are already in the country can extend their stay with an Estonia digital nomad visa.
Background checks are in place for all applicants. Some Estonian representations, such as those in Russia, do not currently accept these applications.
Obtaining residency in Estonia as a digital nomad is only one route for entering the country for temporary residence purposes, followed by permanent residency. Our team can also give you details about the temporary residence permits available for investments in a company, in an investment fund, for employment, business, study, or for settling in with a relative.

Is the Estonia digital nomad visa the same as Estonia e-Residency?

No. e-Residency does not allow the holder to travel to Estonia and enter the country, while the digital nomad visa allows the holder to stay in the country for temporary purposes.
The Estonia remote worker visa is specifically designed to allow the holder to be able to enter the country and remain here while conducting his or her remote work.
e-Residency was designed by the Government to allow investors to easily open an Estonian company and easily engage in other activities from abroad.
e-Residency can be a solution for digital nomads, however, it is best suited for those who want to run their business remotely. For those who wish to be in the country, the Estonia remote worker visa is a more suitable option.
If you would like to know more about e-Residency, as well as the broad spectrum of benefits that come from obtaining a digital nomad visa in Estonia, our team can help you.
Digital nomads typically choose to relocate to a different country for temporary purposes, thus taking advantage of their ability to work independent of a fixed location. Foreign nationals who do however with to extend their stay in Estonia, or those who wish to apply for a permanent stay, can discuss their options with our team. We also answer questions about gaining citizenship in Estonia
Contact our lawyers in Estonia if you have questions or if you have decided to apply for the Estonian nomad visa.