Become an e-resident

The Republic of Estonia is the first country to offer e-Residency, a government issued digital identity that empowers entrepreneurs around the world to set up and run a location-independent business.

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Who should apply?

Digital Nomad

Setup and manage your business - digitally - while you travel

Freelancer

Start a company with access to the EU market and payments

Startup Company

Grow your company with access to EU customers and EU startup funding

EU Company

Go-to-market in the EU quickly without excess paperwork or travel

Benefits of e-Residency

Be location independent

  • Start a company 100% online from anywhere in the world
  • Travel and operate your business remotely
  • Move abroad without the need to re-establish your company

Start an EU company

  • Register an EU-based company entirely online
  • Accept online payments through providers like PayPal
  • Own your company without the need to appoint a local director

Grow business remotely

  • Sign, authenticate, encrypt and send documents digitally
  • Declare business taxes online
  • Access EU Single Market and cross-border capital

Join a global community

  • Network with e-Residents across 150+ countries
  • Connect with service providers in a growing marketplace
  • Discover new ways to grow your business

Meet the e-residents

Business owner exporting to the EU

Business owner exporting to the EU

Arvind Kumar , India

Credibility is very important for new technology, but when I present myself as an e-resident of Estonia, it demonstrates that connection we have to Europe. We are using Estonia as a stepping stone to the rest of Europe and the world.

Credibility is very important for new technology, but when I present myself as an e-resident of Estonia, it demonstrates that connection we have to Europe. We are using Estonia as a stepping stone to the rest of Europe and the world.

How I started an EU-based business with almost no money

How I started an EU-based business with almost no money

Ilias Ismanaliejev , Soo 19, Estonia

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How e-Residency Works

How to apply

Gather documents

You will need:

  • A copy of your government-issued ID
  • A passport-style digital photo
  • Motivation statement
  • Visa or Mastercard

Submit application

Pay state fee and receive confirmation email after successfully submitting. Cost: €100

Application review

Estonian Police & Border Guard Board conducts background check and will notify you by email when the process is complete. Processing: 6-8 weeks

The Estonian Police & Border Guard Board may request additional information while conducting your background check which may increase the processing time.

Pick up e-Residency kit

If granted e-Residency, you will be invited to:

  • Collect e-Residency kit at location selected on your application
  • Bring government-issued ID submitted with application
  • Submit fingerprints

Please keep in mind:
You must pick up your e-Residency kit at an available pick-up location. If you do not have a pick up location in your country, you can arrange pick up in another country. Please make sure that your chosen pick-up location is in a country or region where you are entitled to enter.

Map of all available pick-up locations

View all available pickup locations on a map


A

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

B

Belarus

Belgium

C

Canada

China

Czech Republic

D

Denmark

E

Egypt

Estonia

F

Finland

France

G

Georgia

Germany

Greece

I

India

Ireland

Israel

Italy

J

Japan

K

Kazakhstan

L

Latvia

Lithuania

N

Netherlands

Norway

P

Poland

Portugal

R

Romania

Russian Federation

S

Singapore

South-Korea

Spain

Sweden

T

Turkey

 

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What happens next

If granted e-Residency, there are a few things you will do next:

Get your e-Residency kit

When you pick up your e-Residency kit, you will receive your Digital ID card, card reader and pin codes.

  • Verify your Digital ID card is active Verify here
  • Install Digital ID card software Download here
  • Insert your Digital ID card into card reader

Use your Digital ID

Now, start using your Digital ID. Our Digital ID cards and e-services are built on state-of-the-art technological solutions, including 2048-bit public key encryption. Your card contains a microchip with two security certificates: PIN1 for authentication and PIN2 for digital signing. Your Digital ID card is not provide physical identification or act as a travel document. It does not display your photo.

  • Sign and authenticate contracts digitally
  • Encrypt and send documents securely
  • Access Estonian government e-services

Establish your company

Your e-Residency allows you to digitally:

  • Register and manage an EU-based company Learn more
  • Access a marketplace of service providers
  • Network with the global e-Residency community