E-Residency Expands Rapidly in South East Asia and Launches New Identity Collection Points to Meet Growing Demand from Entrepreneurs


Aspiring e-residents can now collect their digital ID card at offices in Singapore, Thailand, Brazil and South Africa.

SINGAPORE, May 7, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Estonian Government e-Residence program, pioneering the world’s first digital residency initiative, today announced the launch of four new international ‘pick-up points’, including Singapore, Bangkok, São Paulo and Johannesburg. With two new locations at South East Asia, this expansion comes at a time when the demand from entrepreneurs and technological talents in the region is increasing to develop their business internationally. Singapore in particular, as a hotbed of innovation and talent, has attracted enormous appeal to digital nomads who capitalize on today’s remote working models to start a business from anywhere.

“We are exceptionally excited about our expansion through South East Asiabecause there are so many untapped talents and opportunities left in the region. Strengthening our digital and physical network will go a long way in empowering these talented entrepreneurs and business owners, and we are excited to be a part of their journey and connect them to a global audience, ” said Lauri Haav, Managing Director of e-Residency.

The e-Residency program was first launched in 2014, and has become internationally recognized for revolutionizing the way governments think about and interact with foreign entrepreneurs. There are around 5-10 million digital nomads, and with that number only growing, the need for innovation in this space has never been greater. Through the e-Residency program, community members benefit from a secure means of digital identification that gives access to estonia e-services, allows them to sign documents digitally and allows them to launch and manage their business 100% online of the European Union.

Jacob Puthenparambil, CEO of Redhill, global communications agency with its head office in Singapore, became e-Resident five years ago. “The e-Residency program has enabled our company to expand into the EU market through fast and affordable setup. As a European entity, new possibilities have opened up to expand our business internationally. and to date we have a steady increase of clients from the EU. The expansion of the e-Residency program in South East Asia makes it more accessible to inhabitants and temporary residents such as digital nomads to achieve their global aspirations ”, Jacob said.

Singapore is one of the top 50 candidate countries in the world, and alongside cities like Bangkok, São Paulo and Johannesburg, is considered a remote working hotspot: a haven for start-up founders and borderless professionals who have emerged at increasing speed since the pandemic.

Kersti Kaljulaid, the Estonian President, said: “Although the global pandemic has limited our ability to travel, work and do business across borders, it has also accelerated the digital transformation among governments, businesses and the self-employed. As more and more people choose to to live and work without remaining tied to one place, there is a growing need for a location-less digital toolbox to support them. As the world’s first digitally transformed state, Estonia is pleased to welcome even more freelancers, entrepreneurs, business owners and self-employed people from around the world to join our e-Residency program. “

There are currently nearly 80,000 e-residents worldwide, with e-residence cards available for collection at nearly 50 locations. As part of this expansion, the Estonian government has partnered with BLS International, a trusted global partner in technology services for governments and citizens around the world. It is a company listed in India, and have an impeccable reputation for setting benchmarks in visa, passport, consular, citizen, e-governance and more with over 46 governments.

About e-Residency:

The e-Residency program was founded in 2014 and has since reached over 80,000 digital entrepreneurs. The program is built on estonia Over 20 years of experience in providing digital public services to Estonian citizens.

Anyone can apply for this government-issued transnational digital identity and benefit from the e-Residency platform, which is built on inclusion, legitimacy and transparency. E-Residency provides access to estonia public electronic services and a variety of electronic services provided by international service providers, all of which are part of estonia blockchain-based X-Route, which links all public services together and allows each service to work in harmony. All outgoing data is digitally signed and encrypted, and all incoming data is authenticated and recorded, meaning that the data of e-Residents and other X-Road users is completely secure. This offers the freedom to easily start and run a fully online EU global business from anywhere in the world.

E-residents can: open a business in one day and manage the business remotely, apply for a business bank account and credit card, do online banking, use international payment service providers, report taxes and digitally sign documents. E-Residency does not provide citizenship, tax residency, physical residence, or the right to travel to Estonia or EU.

Visit: https://e-resident.gov.ee/

Apply for e-Residency online at: https://eresident.politsei.ee/

Notes to editor:

There are currently more 80,000 e-residents from 170 different countries. E-Residents have founded 17,000 Estonian companies and around 2,000 people are employed by the companies founded by e-Resident. Cumulatively, these companies achieved a turnover of € 3.68 billion as of February 2021. In addition, EUR 54 million of inbound income to the Estonian government has been recorded since the establishment of the e-Residency program in 2014.

The new collection points are located at:

  • Singapore:
    10 Anson Road Unit 30-08 International Plaza, 079903
  • Bangkok (Thailand):
    399 Interchange Building, Floor B2, Unit A / 1, Sukhumvit Road. Klongtoey-Nua, wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand
  • Johannesburg (South Africa):
    The station, 191, chemin Bekker, The station, Vorna Valley, Midrand, 1682
  • São Paulo Paulo (Brazil):
    ed. Vilma Sonia, Av. São Luís, 112 Cj. 404, República São Paulo SP, 01046-001 BRAZIL

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