Become an e-resident

When you join Estonia’s digital nation, you can start a company 100% online, run your EU business remotely, and eliminate paper and bureaucracy. Apply for your digital ID from e-Residency today.

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Who should apply?

Business owners

looking to go paperless and run a fully digital company in the EU

Entrepreneurs

who want to access the EU market, capital or payment solutions

Freelancers + consultants

who want to save time and automate or delegate their invoicing processes

Digital nomads

seeking a minimalist lifestyle and true freedom from a fixed location

Benefits of e-Residency

Start an EU company

  • Register a company 100% online
  • Enter Estonia’s digital business environment
  • Keep your business in the EU

Grow business remotely

  • Carry your borderless business with you everywhere
  • Pay and get paid using convenient online banking tools
  • Expand globally from your EU base

Reduce bureaucracy

  • Go paperless with secure digital solutions
  • Automate or delegate business administration
  • Save time and money to spend on doing what you love

Join a global community

  • Network with like-minded e-resident entrepreneurs
  • Connect with expert service providers
  • Enjoy dedicated support and resources

Meet the e-residents

True business class is when you don’t need to travel at all to do business worldwide

True business class is when you don’t need to travel at all to do business worldwide

Andrii Omelianenko, Kyiv, Ukraine

After finding initial success in Ukraine, Andrii Omelianenko, Founder of Corporate News Agency, wanted to expand his business to the EU.

After finding initial success in Ukraine, Andrii Omelianenko, Founder of Corporate News Agency, wanted to expand his business to the EU.

Starting my company wasn’t easy

Starting my company wasn’t easy

Dante Işıl Özkan, Istanbul, Turkey

Starting my company wasn’t easy because I didn’t have money or a network, but I did have big dreams and a vision. After a few years of working as a graphic designer for different companies in Istanbul, Dante began to feel restless. “I felt like I was losing my creativity because I was caged. As […]

Starting my company wasn’t easy because I didn’t have money or a network, but I did have big dreams and a vision. After a few years of working as a graphic designer for different companies in Istanbul, Dante began to feel restless. “I felt like I was losing my creativity because I was caged. As […]

I almost lost my tourism business, but now it’s expanding globally

I almost lost my tourism business, but now it’s expanding globally

Arzu Altinay, Turkey

Arzu is a professional tour guide from Istanbul who faced difficulties in 2016 when local tourism went into decline and PayPal stopped serving local companies. She now runs tours both in Istanbul and across Europe through her new e-Residency company.

Arzu is a professional tour guide from Istanbul who faced difficulties in 2016 when local tourism went into decline and PayPal stopped serving local companies. She now runs tours both in Istanbul and across Europe through her new e-Residency company.

I started my first company at 16 and am now a serial entrepreneur

I started my first company at 16 and am now a serial entrepreneur

Christoph Huebner, Germany

Christoph is a German entrepreneur and digital nomad who has built up a small business empire. His companies range from providing insurance at the start of life to taking care of people’s digital legacies at the end of it.

Christoph is a German entrepreneur and digital nomad who has built up a small business empire. His companies range from providing insurance at the start of life to taking care of people’s digital legacies at the end of it.

We built a global games company with e-Residency

We built a global games company with e-Residency

Gabriel Stürmer, Brazil

Cupcakese is one of Brazil’s most successful gaming companies, but there’s no office because all their staff work remotely. E-Residency gave them a presence within the EU and enabled them to become location-independent.

Cupcakese is one of Brazil’s most successful gaming companies, but there’s no office because all their staff work remotely. E-Residency gave them a presence within the EU and enabled them to become location-independent.

VIDEO: 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. State fee: €100-120.

If you choose an office in Estonia as the pick-up location the fee is €100.

If you choose a foreign representation of Estonia as the pick-up location you will have to pay €120 upon applying.

Application review

Estonian Police & Border Guard Board conducts background check and will notify you by email when process is complete. Process: 3-8 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

About pick-up locations
You must pick up your e-Residency kit at an available pick-up location within 6 months. If you do not have a pickup location in your country, you can arrange to collect the kit in another country. Please be sure your chosen pickup location is in a country or region you are legally permitted to enter.

Available pick-up locations

Apply for e-Residency today

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What happens next

Pick up your e-Residency kit

Use your digital ID

Start your company