Estonia

Estonia. #1 country in the world of digital life.Estonia is located on the shores of the Baltic Sea with Finland to the north, Latvia to the south, Sweden to the west and Russia to the east. Estonia is one of Europe’s smallest countries. We have a long coastline with 1,520 gorgeous islands. Forests and wild areas cover about 50% of the country, making this small Northern gem a true nature lover’s paradise. And if you are more interested in the inland charms, there are 1,500 lakes – the largest of them, Lake Peipsi (2,555 square kilometres), separates Estonia from Russia – and over 200 rivers waiting to be enjoyed. And we also have many hotspots for spotting bird species in migration. There’s another inland charm to be mentioned: a 318-meter hill, the slyly named Big Egg Mountain (Suur Munamägi) which also marks the highest point in the country. It has no basecamp but the walk to the top is still very delightful.

Estonia is one of the smallest countries in Europe both by its size and population. Out of its 1.31 million people, 68% live in cities and towns. That means you’ll have plenty of space to roam outside the capital. The capital holds roughly one-third of the population (over 430,000 people), just enough to have friends close-by and still have enough privacy. Estonia has a large percentage of foreign-born residents. Whereas Estonians make up roughly two-thirds (68.7%) of the population, there’s also a significant minority of Russians (24.8%) and other smaller communities in the country (Ukrainians, Belarusians, Finns). In recent years, professionals from the UK, the US, Italy, France, Spain, Ireland and Sweden have also settled in here. Estonian is the official language of the country, spoken by two-thirds of the population as a mother tongue. The language belongs to a small Finno-Ugric language group, which also includes Finnish and Hungarian. The Estonian language uses the Latin alphabet, plus several additional characters such as the Germanic ä, ö, ü and the very unique õ. Most Estonians can speak more than one language. English is widely spoken, especially among younger people. According to the English Proficiency Index, Estonia ranks seventh in the world by the average level of English skills among adults.The climate in Estonia is temperate and milder than would be expected at such a northern latitude, thanks to the warm maritime air. Yes, Estonia can get -20°C winters, but most of the time the True North is kept at bay by the warm maritime air. The climate here is temperate and definitely milder than in other northern parts of northern Scandinavia. Or North Scotland. The Baltic Sea coastline has an effect on the local weather patterns, so Estonia has a maritime, wet climate with rather warm and dry summers and fairly cold winters. If you like the idea of experiencing all the four seasons in their full splendour, this is the place to live. Usually, winters in here have heavy snowfall and some snowstorms. Both of these turn Estonia into a magical winter wonderland. Should you be looking for a break from scorching hot temperatures of the more southern countries, summertime Estonia will bring you relief with its average 20-25 °C. Quite often, every summer also manages to surprise you, with the temperatures exceeding 30°C.

why work in estonia

Working in estonia is very awesome. Here are some of the methods are:

  1. Achieve career goals faster than in other global hubs (Velvet Labs survey among expats in Estonia)
  2. 3,700 Estonian ICT companies hiring (Work in Estonia)
  3. Europe's #1 entrepreneurial country (World Economic Forum)
  4. #3 in Europe in number of startups per capita (Funderbeam Start up Investment Report)
  5. Mentoring programs made available by employers

Estonia: dynamic and hassle-free

Estonia is dynamic. Public services in here are easy and efficient. Our paperless society is so simple and straightforward that the entire country has been renamed e-Estonia. As Estonia is one of the most wireless countries on Earth, you can carry out a lot of business online and on the move. Estonia is also among the top 20 countries in the World Bank Doing Business Index. You know, should you want to start your own business and see where it can take you.

Visa Policy for Estonia

The visa policy of Estonia establishes whether a foreign visitor needs a visa or travel authorization to gain entry to the country or not. The requirements and restrictions for Estonia differ depending on the nationality of the individual, the expected period of stay, and the purpose of the visit. Estonia is one of the European countries that has signed the Schengen Agreement for freedom of movement between states. Accordingly, Estonian visa law is the same as for the other 25 Schengen countries. Citizens of all Schengen zone countries are permitted to enter Estonia visa-free for an unlimited period of time, if they simply present a valid National ID Card at a border checkpoint. Other visa-exempt visitors arriving from foreign countries need to present a valid passport to gain entry to Estonia, and are permitted a total stay of 90 days for tourism, transit, business, or medical treatment purposes. However, from 2022, a new requirement will become mandatory for these visa-free travelers before they can visit Estonia and the Schengen Area for the same periods and purposes: the ETIAS visa waiver. Once implemented, eligible citizens will be required to apply for this multiple entry electronic travel authorization through a simple online application, to receive an approved ETIAS for Estonia digitally linked to their passport. All other nationalities require a visa to travel to Estonia no matter the purpose or intended duration of the stay. This must be obtained from the nearest Estonian embassy or consulate well in advance of the expected departure date. Browse the boxes below to learn more about each visa or travel authorization that Estonian visa law offers.

Tourist Visa Policy for Estonia

On this page, travelers planning a trip to Estonia can read all about the tourist visa policy of that country, and find out which requirements are established for their nationality. Estonia shares the same visa law as the rest of the Schengen Area. Therefore, visitors from another Schengen country are only required to present a valid ID Card to gain entry at Estonian borders for an unlimited stay for tourism. Additionally, citizens of other visa-exempt countries for Estonia are able to present a valid passport to gain visa-free entry for a tourist stay of up to 90 days. However, by 2022, these same passport holders will be required to pre-register for an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) to visit Estonia and the Schengen Area for tourism. An approved ETIAS travel authorization will permit multiple stays for tourism in Estonia and Schengen countries during its validity, which is a total of 3 years from issue. Travelers from approximately 150 additional countries are required to apply for a Schengen visa from an Estonian consulate in order to travel to Estonia, regardless of the period of stay or purpose of visit. Find below further information about Estonian tourist visa requirements for each nationality.

Estonia Visa for Business Purposes:

  • Invitation letter from the Polish company you will be visiting and their detailed address accompanied with the dates of your visit
  • A certificate from your employer stating/allowing your business travel
  • If there were previous trade relations between the two companies, proof of such events must be provided
  • Business bank statement of the latest 6 months
  • Memorandum and Article of Association in original certified copy (registered with joint stock companies) Trade License (first issued and present renewal), Proprietorship/Partnership documents
  • ETIAS for Estonia

    The European Commission, in accordance with all the Schengen countries, expects to implement a new mandatory visa waiver program from 2022. The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is being introduced for Estonia in order to improve the security of the external borders of the Schengen passport-free zone, by pre-screening all visa-exempt travelers before they arrive in Europe. Once the system is activated, it will be compulsory for eligible citizens to pre-register an online application form before they travel to Estonia, to receive an approved ETIAS authorization electronically linked to their passport. Applicants will be able to complete the form in a few minutes by answering some security-related questions and supplying personal, passport, and travel information. An approved ETIAS for Estonia is a multiple entry travel authorization that permits short stays of 90 days in Estonia and all Schengen countries during its validity. It is valid for a total of 3 years to travel to Europe, or until the associated passport expires, whichever comes first. If the holder of an approved Estonian ETIAS wishes to stay for a longer consecutive period in the country, it will be necessary to apply for a Schengen visa from the nearest embassy or consulate of Estonia. See the list below of all the nationalities who will need to hold an ETIAS to gain entry to Estonia.

    Necessary Documents to Apply for a D-visa

    All applicants must present:

    1. application form. Application form can be filled in Estonian, English or Turkish. Application form must be filled online, printed out and signed at the end of each page and at the end of the form;
    2. one color photograph with size 35×45 mm, no older than 6 months, show applicant looking directly to the camera, be taken with a plain light-colored background, without head covering, except for religious reasons, but your facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of your face must be clearly shown. Please find additional information about requirements to the photo here. Photo must be glued to the application form;
    3. travel document. Travel document must include at least two free pages for visas, document must be valid at least three months after the end of the validity of the visa requested and on the day of the end of the validity of the requested visa passport should not be older that 10 years;
    4. travel medical insurance. Travel medical insurance must cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during their stay. The insurance shall be valid throughout the territory of the Schengen Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage shall be 30 000 Euros. As a rule, travel medical insurance must be valid for the whole period of requested visa. If applicant will be covered with Estonian health insurance (Haigekassa) after arrival to Estonia, travel medical insurance must cover only the period until Estonian health insurance (Haigekassa) insurance becomes valid. For example – if person applies visa for short-term employment, travel medical insurance must cover travel period and additionally first 14 days of working.
    5. documents about financial means. Presenting documents about financial means is not obligatory, but Embassy suggest to present proof of sufficient financial means, except if visa is applied for short-term employment.

    Estonia Airport Transit Visa: :

  • Visa or other type of entry permit in the transit country
  • Copy of your valid visa for your final destination
  • Can I extend my Schengen visa in Estonia?

    Yes, you can extend your Estonia Schengen visa but only in exceptional cases where new facts and special reasons arise after entry in Estonia. Please read How to Extend a Schengen Visa to understand in what circumstances and what are the conditions you must fulfill in order to be eligible to Extend your Estonia Schengen Visa.

    Estonia National D-type visa

    If you intend to stay in the territory of Estonia for a total of more than 90 days (at least 91 days) during one or more visits within a half-year period calculated from the date of first entry, you need to apply for a national D-type visa.

    What is a C-type visa?

    The Uniform Schengen Visa is valid in the Schengen Area and permits its holder to remain in the territory of all of the Schengen Area Member Countries for a maximum of 90 days during a 180-day period.

    Schengen Visa with limited territorial validity is valid in the territory of one or more Schengen Area Member States, but not in all the Schengen Area Member States and permits its holder to remain in their territories for a maximum of 90 days during a 180-day period.

  • A travel document (passport document) which: - is valid for at least three months after the planned date for leaving the Schengen Area or, in the event of multiple visits, after the planned date for the last leave of the Schengen Area, - contains at least two blank pages, - was issued during the last ten years;
  • A filled out and signed visa application;
  • A photograph;
  • A proof of visa payment;
  • A medical travel insurance whose coverage amounts to not less than EUR 30,000, valid throughout the Schengen Area, and covering all expenses that may arise in connection with the need to return for medical reasons, a medical emergency, urgent hospitalisation or death;
  • Supporting documents: - A document confirming the purpose of travel; - A document confirming possession of adequate financial resources to cover the costs of living during the planned stay and to cover the costs of return to the country of origin or residence, or to cover the costs of transit to a third country, which will certainly give permission for entry, or documents confirming that the applicant can legally obtain such funds; - A document concerning accommodation or possession of financial resources to cover the costs of accommodation; - A document that permits to assess whether the applicant will leave the Schengen Area before the visa expires.
  • What is a D- type national visa?

    A D-type national visa permits to enter the territory of the Republic of Estonia and to stay continuously or for several successive times in this territory for a total duration of more than 90 days during the period of validity of the visa, but not longer than one year.

    A D-type national visa also permits to travel in the territory of other Schengen Area Member States for up to 90 days during a 180-day period, during the validity period of the visa.

  • A travel document (passport document);
  • A filled out and signed visa application;
  • A photograph;
  • A proof of visa payment;
  • A medical travel insurance whose coverage amounts to not less than EUR 30,000, and covering all expenses that may arise in connection with the need to return for medical reasons, a medical emergency, urgent hospitalisation or death, or medical insurance within the meaning of Polish regulations on health care benefits financed out of public funds;
  • Supporting documents: - A document confirming the purpose of travel and conditions of stay; - A document confirming possession of adequate financial resources to cover the costs of living during the planned stay and to cover the costs of return to the country of origin or residence, or to cover the costs of transit to a third country, which will certainly give permission for entry, or documents confirming that the applicant can legally obtain such funds; - A document that permits to assess that the applicant will leave the territory of the Republic of Estonia before the visa expires; - Other documents that confirm other circumstances referred to in the visa application.
  • Supporting documents may be different depending on the country where a visa application is submitted.
  • What is the permitted length of stay with a C-type and D-type visas?

    The length of stay is determined each time in the issued visa..