Guidance

Estonia: providing services and travelling for business

Guidance for UK businesses on rules for selling services to Estonia.

Read this page in combination with the general guidance for the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

The authoritative source for Estonian market regulations is the Estonian government. This guidance links to official Estonian sources wherever possible.

Trade and services regulations in Estonia

If you’re a UK business providing services in Estonia, you need to follow regulations about:

  • getting authorisations or licences to provide a service
  • complying with specific local business regulations
  • EEA nationality requirements which could prevent you from providing services in some sectors

The Estonian e-government portal for service providers can help you to:

  • find out what you need to know about providing services in Estonia
  • understand local regulations
  • complete the relevant administrative procedures online

Consider appointing an English-speaking lawyer in Estonia to help you comply with specific regulations.

To find out if EEA nationality requirements apply to you, contact the appropriate competent authority.

VAT on sales of digital services

To use the UK’s VAT Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) to declare sales of digital services to EU consumers, businesses need to register for MOSS in an EU member state.

Find out more about paying VAT on sales of digital services.

Ownership of companies registered in Estonia

If you have a UK business, you might face restrictions on your ability to own, manage or direct a registered company in Estonia or any other EEA country.

Read more about this in our guidance relating to the EEA and Switzerland.

Business travel and entry requirements

See the latest information on all travel to Europe.

The Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and Police and Border Guard websites have more information about:

  • visas including intra-corporate transfers
  • work and residence permits
  • supporting documentation
  • other conditions

Social security payments for employees

Find out if you need to pay National Insurance in the UK or social security contributions in Estonia.

Recognition of professional qualifications

To check what you need to do in Estonia, read our guidance on professional qualifications in the EEA and Switzerland.

If you need to take action to secure the recognition of your professional qualification in Estonia, these sources can help you:

UK statutory auditors working in Estonia

For UK statutory auditors, the Estonian Auditing Activities Oversight Board (site in Estonian) should be able to provide further information.

UK lawyers working in Estonia

If you’re a UK-qualified lawyer working in Estonia, using either an Estonian or UK professional title, you should contact the local Bar association in the region in which you are working or the Estonian Bar Association for specific advice.

Data transfer and GDPR

As part of the wider UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the free flow of personal data from Finland to the UK will continue after 1 January 2021 for no longer than 6 months, until adequacy decisions come into effect.

As a sensible precaution during this 6 month period, it is recommended that you work with organisations in Estonia who transfer personal data to you to put in place alternative transfer mechanisms to safeguard against any interruption to the free flow of EU to UK personal data.

Read guidance on using personal data in your business or other organisation.

Published 11 March 2019
Last updated 28 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated the following sections to reflect the changes created by the UK and EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement: overview, trade regulations, VAT on sales of digital services, business travel and entry requirements, social security payments for employees, recognition of professional qualifications, and data transfer and GDPR.

  2. Guidance for ‘Recognition of professional qualifications’ and ‘Social security payments for employees’ updated.

  3. Change to title to include travelling for business

  4. Update to 'Business travel and entry requirements' section

  5. First published.