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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:

  1. a completed application form (possible to fill in on a computer screen or to print out  to fill in by own hand)
  2. the applicant's valid identity document (passport)
  3. one recent colour photo sized 40x50 mm, read more
  4. 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.

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