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 a visit to their digital homeland. Same information below is also relevant to any employees you wish to hire and relocate to Estonia.
Visa information for non-EU citizens
Estonia is part of the Schengen Area meaning that border controls are abolished within this space. 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.
E-Residency does not provide the automatic right to visit Estonia or the EU. Your e-Residency digital ID cannot be used as a travel document.
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) in-person to the Estonian representations abroad or other Member State representing Estonia in issuing Schengen visas.
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.