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Rights of residence
12/04/2016

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.

A family member of an EU citizen has the right to stay in Estonia for the time period of up to 3 months together with an EU citizen, and the family member must hold a valid travel document and a visa. A family member of an EU citizen is not permitted to be employed or self-employed in Estonia during his or her stay in Estonia.


An EU citizen shall obtain the right of residence upon registration of his/her place of residence located in Estonia in the population register of Estonia. The document certifying the right of residence of an EU citizen is the ID card.

Upon applying for a right of residence, fingerprints shall be captured from a family member of an EU citizen starting from age 6, the fingerprints shall be entered on the residence card of the family member of an EU citizen.