The Republic of Estonia, in conjunction with e-Residency, recently launched Estonia’s Digital Nomad Visa (DNV).
Authorised by the Estonian parliament on June 3rd 2020, the visa will be available to citizens worldwide who want to take advantage of staying in Estonia for 12 months with the possibility to extend in order to support their working and living arrangements across the world.
Given that there are almost 5 million digital nomads in the world currently, with predictions suggesting one billion digital nomads globally by 2035, the digital nomad visa is hugely relevant for the current climate, with remote working and borderless working becoming the norm in light of COVID-19.
Siim Sikkut, the CIO of Estonian Government, comments: “If the global pandemic has taught society anything about the nature of work, it is that people value their work-life balance and desire freedom and security above all else. Estonia is offering the first Digital Nomad Visa in the EU to cater for the evolving needs of workers and freelancers, who are increasingly opting to become location independent in this current economic environment.
“We hope to encourage more businesses to provide their employees the option of working remotely, and to have Estonia, the most digitally-advanced nation in Europe, on their radar.”
The digital nomad visa will enable individuals to stay in Estonia for up to a year, allowing them the freedom to work for their employer or relocated as a freelancer or a company founder without applying for a residence permit.
Initially the visa will be available for digital nomads who can demonstrate a monthly income over £3000 (gross) for the last six months.
“The main aim of Digital Nomad Visa programme is to promote Estonia as a digital society and attract innovative and creative people all around the world,” says Ruth Annus, the Head of Citizenship and Migration Policy Department in the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Estonia.
As long-standing supporters of borderless working, the Estonian government has generated hundreds of millions in revenue for the small Baltic nation by enabling businesses to be established virtually with e-Residency.
Now, this latest development will take Estonia’s business model to the next level and acts as a channel for maintaining positive relations with the UK following its departure from the European Union.