Estonian Start-up Visa

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Non-EU national who wants to run a startup in Estonia can apply for an Estonia startup visa. To be eligible for a startup visa you must have a technology-based, innovative and scalable business. Your business model is expected to pack global growth potential.

To run your startup in Estonia, you have two options:

1. If you don't yet have an Estonian company, you can apply for a long-term startup visa (up to 12 months) or a short-term visa (up to 3 months)

2. If you you've already set up an Estonian company, you can apply for either a startup visa (both short-term or long-term) or a temporary residence permit for startup business (up to five years).

This Startup Visa helps non-EU founders grow their startup in Estonia, one of the world's best places to start and run a company. It also makes it easy for Estonian startups to hire non-EU talent.

You can bring your spouse and kids along.

The processing time normally takes 3 to 4 weeks.



12 Month(s)



96 Month(s)





P. Residency

60 Month(s)


Processing time

3 to 4 week (s)




What are eligibility requirements for the Estonian Start-up Visa?

5 Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must have at least €130 Euros for every month planned to be spent in Estonia; annually amounts to €1,560.
  • Applicant must be working on an innovative and repeatable business model with great global growth potential.
  • Applicant must have approval from the Startup Committee stating that you match the definition of a startup and can pursue the Startup Visa.
  • Applicant must have a valid insurance policy for the Estonia or Schengen area with at least €30,000 coverage
  • Applicant must fill out an application about startup for the Startup Committee - think of it as applying for an accelerator program or presenting yourself to a potential investor.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Estonian Start-up Visa?

9 Document Required

  • A valid passport/travel document
  • Visa application form, completed and signed
  • Confirmation letter from the Startup Committee regarding qualification as a startup or confirmation regarding participation in qualified accelerator program
  • 1 color photo with measures 35x45 mm
  • A document confirming the payment of the state fee.
  • An insurance policy valid for Estonia or for the Schengen area with a coverage of at least 30 000 EUR for the entire duration of stay
  • Evidence of sufficient means of subsistence
  • Evidence regarding accommodation
  • Any information which supports an applicant’s intention to leave the Schengen area before the expiry of the visa, such as the return flight tickets

Talent Migration data for Estonia

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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