Government of Estonia Supports Creation of Digital Nomad Visa

The government of Estonia has made another step towards the finalization of the new changes to the Aliens Act, which among others would introduce a new visa for digital nomads.

Last week, the government of Estonia approved a bill that would amend the Aliens Act to include a plan for the establishment of a digital nomad visa, what would make Estonia one of the first countries in the world to enable digital nomads to stay in the country under the purpose of remote work.

According to the Estonian Interior Minister Mark Helme, as digital nomads bring significant added value to the state of Estonia by consuming goods and services, they have a positive impact on local entrepreneurship.

He also asserts that Estonia is well-known for its innovative technological solutions and is an attractive destination for digital nomads on an international scale while pointing out that current regulation of labor migration does not take digital nomads into account.

“In order to come work in Estonia, they must have an Estonian employer and as a result, digital nomads often come to Estonia with a tourist visa, although they also wish to do remote work while staying here,” Helme said upon the approval of the new changes.

“As digital nomads do not fall under the rules of classical work, the requirement of an Estonian employer prevents them from coming to Estonia and choosing a purposeful reason for stay in Estonia,” he added.

When finalized, the new changes would enable people who are engaged in jobs independent of time and location, mostly in web-based employment, to work in Estonia on the basis of the Estonian digital nomad visa, which will be granted for both short-term and long-term stay intention.

Minister Helme also clarified that the new regulation has been established in a way that does not leave space for misuse of the visa conditions, by making eligible for application only those digital nomads working through an intermediary.

“A digital nomad will be able to come to Estonia for remote working only through an intermediary, who will also be responsible for the digital nomad’s stay here. The general conditions for granting a visa apply to digital nomads and, among other things, they must have sufficient financial resources to stay in Estonia,” the Minister explained.

Currently, in most countries, digital nomads have to obtain a regular work visa, which requires tons of paperwork, energy and time. Yet, some countries have already created special visa categories for people who use telecommunication technologies to earn a living in a nomadic way.

Check the seven countries offering Visas for Digital Nomads!

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