Updated in June 2019.
Estonia is the first country to offer e-Residency, a government-issued digital identity and status that provides access to Estonia’s e-services and transparent business environment.
Over the last 25 years, Estonia has made 99% of its government services available online, accessible through a secure digital ID system.
If you are residing in Estonia with a temporary residency permit, or as a citizen of the Estonia/EU with an Estonian ID card, then you already have access to these services.
But if you come to Estonia temporarily or have business connections in the country, but live elsewhere, applying for Estonian e-Residency provides access to most of these same services.
So far, more than 60,000 people from 160+ countries have become e-residents and joined Estonia’s digital nation, with the main benefit being the ability to establish and manage a company entirely online.
Become an e-Resident
As an e-resident you will gain access to e-services of Estonia. About 99% of public e-services in Estonia are online.
Most of these e-services are intended to residents and citizens of Estonia, but e-residents will get access to our business environment and private sector services such as online libraries.
If you are temporarily living in Estonia, you can use e-Residency digital ID card also to do you banking online, if you have obtained a local bank account or to access e-school systems, if you are taking courses at one of the Estonian universities. E-Residency digital ID card can also be used as a loyalty card in some stores.
How do I apply?
E-Residency application is online at https://apply.gov.ee/
You will need:
- a passport-style photo,
- copy of your national identity document and,
- Master or Visa credit card to pay the state fee (100 euros).
Read more about the application process here.
Things to remember
- The Estonian e-Residency digital ID card does not qualify you for Estonian citizenship or a residence permit;
- The e-resident card does not carry a person’s photo and therefore is not an identity card outside the digital domain;
- E-Residency status can not be used as a leverage to open a personal bank account.