We're happy to announce that Estonia has launched a new Digital Nomad Visa that allows remote workers to live in Estonia and legally work for their employer or their own company registered abroad.
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.
But as of August 1, 2020, eligible location-independent workers can apply for the chance to come to Estonia to live for up to a year with peace of mind that they can legally work.
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.
Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates and more information on the Digital Nomad Visa.
You can apply for the digital nomad visa if you meet the following requirements
If you are already legally in Estonia and would like to extend your stay, you can also apply for this visa at a Police and Border Guard Board office. If you choose to apply in Estonia, make sure you have enough time for the application processing period.
The only official ways to apply for a DNV are: (1) directly through an Estonian Representation that handles visa applications, (2) directly at a Police and Border Guard office 3) at a VFS office, which has been delegated the right to handle DNV applications on behalf of the Estonian Government (USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Ukraine).
Please note before applying:
You can apply for an Estonian long-stay visa (D-visa) or a short-stay visa to Estonia (C-visa), depending on the planned period of stay.
In addition to the general visa application procedure and rules, you'll need to provide documents proving that you meet the eligibility requirements of being a location-independent employee or digital nomad.
No person is automatically eligible for a visa and their background is checked as carefully as for other visa applicants.
Currently, it is not possible to submit visa applications in Estonian Representations in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Pskov, and Minsk and in Visa Centres of External Service Providers in the Russian Federation and Belarus. For more information, please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
For more information about the Digital Nomad Visa, eligibility, the application process, and associated issues, please read our blog post and detailed FAQ.
Our site is also available in Chinese and you will be redirected to Visit Estonia Chinese website visitestonia.cn