What you should know about its digital nomad visa
Estonia might not be your typical travel destination. However, as soon as you take your first steps in the charming historic center of Tallinn, you will quickly fall in love. Beautiful nature, dense woods, and fascinating history – there are plenty of reasons why staying in this Baltic country is a great idea. Estonia was the first country in the world to create an official digital nomad visa, extending the possibility to stay in the northern region and work remotely to anyone in the world.
Thanks to its e-residency program, entrepreneurs from all around the world can start an EU-based company and have access to Estonia's transparent business environment. If you are not scared of the cold, living the digital nomad life in this Baltic country will surely be an exciting adventure.
To apply for the digital nomad visa in Estonia, you must:
- Work for a company that is registered outside of Estonia. have your own company that is registered abroad, or do freelance work mostly for clients who aren't from Estonia.
- Have a monthly income of at least 3504 euros (gross of tax)
Those interested may apply for a long-stay visa (D-visa) or a short-stay visa, depending on how long the planned stay is. In total, a digital nomad can live in Estonia for up to 1 year. The cost for a short-stay visa is 80 euros, while for a long-stay – 100 euros.
However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Estonia is currently open only to people from a specific group of approved countries. Therefore it is possible to apply for the Digital Nomad Visa only for those who come from these approved countries. Here you can follow updates regarding the approved country list.
There are several reasons why being a remote worker in the Baltic country is a great opportunity:
- You have access to three months of travel within the Schengen region.
- You have the chance to be a part of the Estonian tech scene.
- Enjoy great internet speed (86.56 MBps).
- Be close to Scandinavia.
However, there are also two drawbacks to the program.
- After six months pass, you will be taxed as a local business. Overall, taxes aren't that bad in Estonia (compared to other countries), but it is still something you would probably wish to avoid.
- The visa doesn't help get permanent residence in the EU. But – it is an opportunity to establish residence if you decide to invest in real estate.
Although Estonia is a relatively new country, it is fast developing to become one of the most wonderful in Europe. So get the Digital Nomad Visa and stay at the hidden gem of Northern Europe – you will be surprised by the beauty you discover.