E-residency Program

What is e-residency?

The Republic of Estonia is the first country in the world to offer e-residency. Everyone has the opportunity to apply for the secure digital identity provided by the Estonian government – to gain secure access to digital services, to get anything and everything done digitally (sign all documents, launch and manage companies, do banking, encrypt files, etc.).

An Estonian e-resident is foreigner for whom Estonia has created a digital identity and issued a digital identity card. The e-resident’s card is a state-issued digital document that can only be used in the electronic environment in order to identify the person and to give digital signatures.

You can find more information on e-residency on the e-resident homepage.

How to apply for an e-resident’s digital ID card?

While in Estonia, it is possible to apply for an e-resident’s digital ID card through the Police and Border Guard Board. It is possible to apply for ID card also through Estonia’s foreign representations or by post. You can find more information on the application procedure here.

How to apply for an e-resident’s digital ID card at the Estonian Embassy in Helsinki?

Documents required to apply at the Embassy:

  • an application form (possible to fill in on a computer screen or to print out to fill in by own hand;
  • the applicant’s valid identity document;
  • a colour photo measuring 40x50mm. Read more
  • a state fee of 100 EUR for processing the application, can only be paid by bank card;
  • a written explanation in free form (in English, Russian or Estonian), stating the user’s intentions regarding the digital ID and the circumstances of its use.

In order to apply at the Estonian Embassy in Helsinki you need to book an appointment with a consul either by phone +358 9 622 0288 (Mon-Thu 9am-3pm, Fri 9am-1pm) or on the internet.

The application period is about 4 weeks at the Embassy.

Issue of an e-resident’s digital ID card

The application is processed by the Police and Border Guard Board, who will perform a background check and make a decision regarding the granting (or refusal) of the e-resident’s digital ID.
In the case of a decision to grant e-residency, the e-resident’s digital ID card, card reader and PIN codes will be sent to the place of issue, selected when the application was submitted.

The digital ID-card must be picked up personally and the applicant must bring his or her passport.

Consular Section’s opening hours are:

  • Mon and Wed 1am-4pm,
  • Thu 10am-1pm.

E-residency for employees of foreign missions that are accredited to Estonia

An Estonian e-resident is a foreigner for whom Estonia has created a digital identity and issued a digital identity card. The e-resident digi-ID is a state-issued digital document that can only be used in the electronic environment in order to identify the person and to give digital signatures. The e-resident digi-ID enables a foreigner to participate in public and private administration of Estonia, notwithstanding their physical residence. The e-resident digi-ID does not grant a right to reside in Estonia.

The e-resident’s digital ID card can be issued to all employees of foreign missions that hold a diplomatic or service card from the Estonian Foreign Ministry and their family members.

The easiest way is to apply e-resident`s digital ID card online or application can personally submitted at the Estonian Embassy in Helsinki.

For further details and to make an appointment with a consul, please contact the Consular Section by e-mail consular.helsinki@mfa.ee or by phone +3589 622 0288 (Mon-Thu 9am-3pm; Fri 9am-1pm).

The documents required for application are:

  • a completed application form (possible to fill in on a computer screen or to print out to fill in by own hand)
  • the applicant’s valid identity document (passport)
  • one recent colour photo sized 40×50 mm, read more
  • the applicant’s diplomatic or service card issued by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Holders of diplomatic or service cards from the Estonian Foreign Ministry are not required to pay a state fee for applying and no fingerprints are taken.

Documents submitted by the applicant shall be forwarded to the Police and Border Guard Board, who will perform a background check and make a decision regarding the granting (or refusal) of the e-resident’s digital ID. The application period is about 4 weeks at the Embassy.

The Estonian Embassy will contact the applicant when the digital ID card is ready to be retrieved from the Embassy. The e-resident’s digital ID card must be picked up personally and the applicant must bring his or her passport.