An emergency situation has been declared in Estonia due to the pandemic spread of the coronavirus in the world.

From 17 March there will be a temporary restriction on entry to Estonia for foreign nationals who do not hold an Estonian residence permit or right of residence, or have family members in Estonia. Foreigners are allowed to transit Estonia on the way to their home country if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. At the border control travel documents and medical symptoms will be checked.There are no restrictions on exiting the country.

We care about your and everyone’s health. For this reason and in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus and flu, we kindly ask you to seriously consider whether coming to the representation is essential, and refrain from doing so if you are not feeling well, suspect that you or a family member has become infected, or you or a family member has been in an area of the coronavirus epidemic in the past 14 days. Thank you for your understanding!

In addition to previous measures, restrictions on movement are in force in Estonia from 14 March in line with the emergency situation.

On 17 March 2020, applications for Schengen visas and long-stay visas to Estonia can no longer be submitted at representations and visa centres of external service providers. This also applies to Schengen visa applications that are processed by Estonia on behalf of another member state.

Further information

e-Residency

Estonian e-Residency

Estonia is the first country to offer e-Residency. An e-resident is a foreigner, for whom, as a benefit, Estonia has created a digital identity and issued digital identity card – an e-resident digi-ID, on the basis of the identification credentials of their own country of citizenship.

What can I do with my e-resident’s digital identity

Your electronic ID is key to all the Estonian e-services that require authenticaion.Holders of e-resident’s card can sign documents digitally and log into every portal and access every information system that accepts Estonian ID-card.

E-residents can establish a company in Estonia over the Internet and actively participate in managing it while living abroad. E-residency also makes management easy for entrepreneurs who have already invested and created a company in Estonia.

Thanks to e-residency, entrepreneurs from outside the European Union will have a chance to conveniently establish a company in Estonia and organise management within the European Union.

For example, entrepreneurs who are e-residents can make transactions in the internet bank, electronically submit income tax returns, as well as digitally sign documents and contracts.

NB! E-residency does not provide tax residency, right of residence, or permission to enter Estonia or the European Union. The digital ID of an e-resident is not a physical identity or travel document and it does not include a photo.

At the Estonian State portal you currently can:

  • forward your @eesti.ee e-mail address to your regular e-mail address to receive notifications from the state
  • digitally sign and share documents uploaded to My Documents
  • use other e-services that eventually would become relevant to you as your business and personal activities in Estonia expand.

See e-residency statistics in real time

How to apply for e-Residency

You can apply for e-Residency:

  • online at the Estonian E-Residency website;
  • in Estonia, at the service points of the Police and Border Guard in Estonia;
  • at the Estonian embassies and consular offices around the world.

The state fee upon applying for an ID card of an e-resident is 100 euros.

More information on applying for a digital identity document is available on the website of the Police and Border Guard Board.

How to establish a company electronically

E-residents can use the Company Registration Portal of the e-Commercial Register to establish a company quickly and conveniently.

More information and help in establishing a company can be found on the website of e-residency.

Once a company is registered, you can create an account to use the e-Tax/e-Customs and start using all e-services for business clients.

Conclusion of the e-Tax Board/e-Customs contract

E-residency and taxes

An e-resident is a non-resident according to Estonian tax legislation. Only income derived in Estonia is taxed in Estonia.

The Estonian e-residency does not automatically exempt from taxation elsewhere.

E-residents can use the Estonian Tax and Customs Board’s electronic services in the e-Tax/e-Customs environment on the same conditions as the persons with the Estonian ID card.

More information can be found on the website of Tax and Customs Board.