Whether you want to travel to Estonia to explore potential business opportunities, meet with your business service provider or just enjoy Estonia on holidays, we encourage e-residents to explore their digital homeland.
Visa information for non-EU citizens
Estonia is part of the Schengen Area where border controls are abolished. The European Union has established a common visa policy for intended stays in the territory of the Schengen States of no more than 90 days in any 180 days period. Information about nationals, who do not need a visa to enter to Estonia, for stays of no more than 90 days in any 180-day period, can be found from the webpage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
An e‑Resident’s digital ID does not entitle you to enter or reside in Estonia. Having an e-resident’s digital ID does not constitute a basis for being granted a visa, and vice versa.
If you are a non-EU citizen wanting to travel to the EU, you will need to have a legal basis to visit as well as a valid travel document.
To visit Estonia, there are three primary categories for entry:
- Visa-free travel: Nationals from a number of countries can visit Estonia without a visa.
- Short-term visa (type C): Issued for transit through or an intended stay in the territory of the Schengen states of a duration of no more than 90 days within the period of 180 days. You can apply for a short-term visa at an Estonian embassy or at the representation of the member state representing Estonia in issuing Schengen visas.
- Long-stay visa (type D): Issued for single or multiple entries into Estonia with a period of validity up to 12 months and with the period of stay up to 365 days. A long-stay visa can be applied for study, work or family relations. You can submit the application at an Estonian representation or at the Police and Border Guard Board.
The standard process for visa applications will apply regardless of your e-Residency status. You can apply for a visa at the nearest consulate or embassy of Estonia, or the EU country you wish to visit.
For business purposes, you or your employee are most likely interested in the „D-visa“. The application should enclose all necessary documents (valid travel document, filled and signed application, photo, insurance policy and other if needed) and should be submitted in-person to the Estonian representations abroad or other Member State representing Estonia in issuing Schengen visas.
How to get to Estonia
Travelling to Estonia is quick and convenient thanks to frequent connections with Scandinavia, Russia, Eastern and Central Europe. Estonia has a well-developed road network and timely train and bus connections, which make it possible to cross Estonia in just a few hours. The Visit Estonia website provides a good overview of travelling to and around Estonia.
What to do in Estonia
The Visit Estonia website is a good place to start when planning your trip.
To find more information about Estonia, read also our Amazing facts about Estonia.