Estonia’s Digital Nomad Visa is here
Apply for a new remote work visa to stay in Estonia for up to 12 months. Applications opening 1 August.
Estonia has already transformed the way a country serves people beyond its borders through programmes such as e-Residency. Now with the Digital Nomad Visa, Estonia is transforming how people in the world choose to work.
Digital nomads and remote workers have long faced ambiguity when working while they travel, often skirting the law by working while visiting a country with a tourist visa. While other countries like Costa Rica, Mexico, Portugal and the Czech Republic have introduced visas for digital nomads, so far these have primarily targeted freelancers.
In contrast, the new Estonian Digital Nomad Visa (DNV) covers a broader range of digital nomads — in addition to freelancers, it also allows teleworking from Estonia if the person has a foreign employer or is a partner in a company registered abroad. This is great news for location-independent entrepreneurs around the world as it provides a legitimate way to live and work here for up to a year.
We’re particularly excited here at e-Residency as it could provide a great new opportunity to e-residents to come to Estonia to live and work and get to know the digital nation even more in person.
Applications for the DNV open on 1 August at Estonian Representations that handle visa applications or at a Police and Border Guard office in Estonia.
This blog post contains detailed information about the eligibility requirements, application process, and links to useful resources so that you can start preparing your applications.
For more information about applying:
- Visit the Digital Nomad Visa webpage: e-resident.gov.ee/nomadvisa and subscribe to our newsletter for updates
- Read our blog article on some of the frequently asked questions about the DNV
- Follow e-Residency on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for the latest news on the DNV
Who is eligible for a Digital Nomad Visa?
The intention behind the DNV is to attract talented people from around the world to Estonia, who can work independently of location and timezone.
From Tartu to Tallinn, in the bogs, through the forests, and on the beaches, there is an exciting startup scene and rich ancient culture and landscapes here waiting to be discovered and explored by diverse entrepreneurs and global citizens, no matter where you are from or what sector you work in.
The base requirement for this special new teleworking category of visa is that you can work location-independently using telecommunications technologies, essentially that you’re a ‘digital nomad’.
In addition, you will need to prove that you fit under any one of the three following categories:
- You work for a company that is registered in a foreign country and you have a contract of work with that company;
- You conduct the business activity for a company that is registered in a foreign country and of which you are a partner/shareholder; or
- You offer freelance or consulting services mostly to clients, whose permanent establishments are in a foreign country, and with whom you have contracts.
Some e-residents may qualify under categories one or two if they work for a foreign employer or run their own business that is registered abroad. For e-residents who are running their business through an Estonian company, e.g. as a freelancer or solopreneur serving clients predominantly in foreign countries, they can also take advantage of the DNV under the third category.
The other important eligibility requirement to be aware of is the income threshold, which is meant to evidence how you will support yourself during your time in Estonia. An applicant must provide evidence of their income during the six months preceding the application. Currently, the monthly income threshold is €3504 (gross of tax).
There are no eligibility restrictions based on your country of origin or the sector in which you work. There is also no cap on the number of applications or visas issued.
Currently, due to COVID-19, there are restrictions on travelling to Estonia for citizens of certain countries. Estonia’s foreign representations will only accept applications for short-stay visas and long-stay visas from third-country nationals who are allowed to enter Estonia according to the order of the Government.
It is therefore important to read the latest information on travel to Estonia on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website before making an application for the DNV.
If you have any question, you can contact us for free. We can offer you some information and advice that may help you for free.