Estonia: Post-Brexit Guidance Provided for UK Nationals in Estonia

January 29, 2021 Lucy Halse

Key Points

  • The Estonian government has issued updated guidance for UK nationals following Brexit
  • UK nationals who were residents before December 31, 2020 can use their current ID card as proof of residency
  • UK nationals who are seeking residency rights can register for residency as EU nationals through March 31, 2021
  • UK nationals must apply for an Article 50 residency permit before their existing ID card expires
  • Applications for a new residency permit can be filed in person or online
  • An application fee of EUR 35 applies for Article 50 residence permit applications
  • Additional fees apply for premium processing and collection at a consular post
  • Posted workers may require work authorization on April 1, 2021

Overview 

The Estonian government has provided updated guidance for UK nationals following the Brexit transition.

What are the Changes?

UK nationals who are seeking residency rights in Estonia can register for residency as an EU national through March 31, 2021. UK nationals must apply for a new (Article 50) residency permit before their existing EU national ID card or family member residence permit expires.

What Should Employers and Applicants Know?

EU nationals who were residents of Estonia before December 31, 2020 can prove their residency with a current ID card. Applications for a new residency permit can be filed electronically or in person at a Police and Border Guard Board service office.

The fee for an Article 50 residence card application is EUR 35. There is an additional fee of EUR 20 for collection at a consular post. A fee of EUR 64 applies for premium processing.

Posted foreign workers and cross-border workers may continue their activities through March 31, 2021 if they are not seeking residency. However, they may require work authorization beginning on April 1, 2021.

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Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional.

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