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Receiving pension from abroad and receiving pension abroad

 

Receiving pension from abroad

You can also apply for a pension from one of the following countries, if you have been employed in one of them for at least a year:

Austria

Liechtenstein

Slovenia

Belgium

Luxembourg

Finland

Bulgaria

Latvia

Great Britain

Spain

Malta

Switzerland

The Netherlands

Norway

Denmark

Croatia

Poland

Czech Republic

Ireland

Portugal

Hungary

Italy

France

Canada

Iceland

Sweden

Moldova

Greece

Romania

Ukraine

Cyprus

Germany

Russian Federation

Lithuania

Slovakia

 

For filing the pension application, we kindly ask you to visit one of our customer services.

 

Receiving pension abroad

If you live abroad and wish to apply for Estonian pension:

  • Turn to the social security authority of your country of residence;
  • Present documents required for receiving an Estonian pension.

When your address in the foreign country changes, please notify us by mail, fax, or email.

 

Pension payments

If you are a recipient of an Estonian pension and move abroad, please notify us by mail, fax, or email.

You are entitled to receive pension from Estonia when you move to one of the following countries:

Austria

Lithuania

Germany

Belgium

Liechtenstein

Slovakia

Bulgaria

Luxembourgh

Slovenia

Spain

Latvia

Finland

The Netherland

Malta

Great Britain

Croatia

Norway

Switzerland

Ireland

Poland

Denmark

Italy

Portugal

Czech Republic

Iceland

France

Hungary

Greece

Sweden

Canada

Cyprus

Romania

Moldova

Ukraine

Russian Federation

 

For receiving the continued pension payments from Estonia, file the corresponding application to us.

The pension is paid once per month, in the beginning of the current month. According to your request, the pension could also be paid once a quarter or once per half year.

We shall also pay the Estonian pension when you move to Ukraine, Moldova, or the Russian Federation. The difference regarding these countries is that you should contact the social security authority of the corresponding state to continue your pension payments. The Estonian pension is paid out once a quarter, via the social security authority.

 

Taxation of Pensions if You Live Abroad

The income tax applies to all pensions. One set of rules applies if you live in Estonia, and other set for pensions that are paid to people living abroad. People living in Estonia can get supplementary exemption from income tax.
Supplementary exemption from income tax does not apply to persons living abroad.

Estonian taxes are not discounted from your pension when you live in:

Latvia

France

Austria

Lithuania

Slovakia

Switzerland

Germany

Croatia

Portugal

Norway

Italy

Moldova

Czech Republic

Spain

Slovenia

Poland

Greece

Romania

Great Britain

Ireland

Ukraine

Once a year, you must present the certificate concerning the tax residency, issued by the tax authority of your country of residence. In the case of a valid certificate, your Estonian pension is paid out in full and is to be taxed in your country of residence. If the residency certificate is missing or expired, your pension is taxed with a 20% income tax.

Your pension is taxed with a 20% income tax when you live in:

Finland

Malta

Luxembourg

Sweden

Belgium

Canada

Denmark

Iceland

Russian Federation

The Netherlands

Bulgaria

Hungary

Cyprus

 

 

Special pensions are always taxed in Estonia.

 

Proof of Life

If you live outside Estonia, you must send a proof of life by March 1st each year.

We ask you to mail the filled-in form to:
Sotsiaalkindlustusamet
Endla 8
15092 Tallinn
ESTONIA

Proof of life is valid for one year and must be sent again each year.

When the proof of life is not sent by the required deadline, we shall halt your pension payments from April 1st. We shall resume the pension payments after you have presented the proof of life. All halted payments shall be paid retrospectively.

As an exception, proof of life is not required from:

  • Persons of Estonian citizenship;
  • All recipients of Estonian pension who live in Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, and Ukraine.
 

 

Kati Kümnik

head of the compensations department

Kati Kümnik organizes and directs the work of the compensation department: sets goals, gives instructions to officials, and performs and mediates tasks related to the organization of pensions. She also advises the Social Insurance Board on issues related to pensions and organizes the development of a pension system.

 
info@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee