Updated : 08/05/2014
A citizen of the European Union, a member state of the European
Union Economic Area and Swiss Confederation (hereinafter an EU
citizen) has a right to stay in Estonia on the basis of a valid
travel document or an identity card for the period of up to three
months without registration of the right of residence.
After 3 months of staying in Estonia the EU citizen and the
family member need to register his/her place of residence in
the Population Register of Estonia to obtain the right of
residence. A notice on residence may be submitted via a Population
Register employee or by using the Population
Register e-services in the state portal . The document
certifying the right of residence of an EU citizen is the Estonian
When applying for a residence permit, the fingerprints of
applicants over 6 years old will be recorded. To give fingerprints,
the applicant has to personally come to the prefecture’s customer
service or to a foreign embassy of
the Republic of Estonia where he will receive information about
required documents as well. Fingerprints are not recorde:
A residence permit may be temporary (validity period up to 5
years) or long-term.
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