Estonia Passport Visa Requirement
From reluctant Soviet state to one of the European Union’s brightest young stars, Estonia has undergone something of a transformation in recent decades – and finally the world has woken up to its many charms.
The smallest and arguably most scenic of the three Baltic states (which also includes Latvia and Lithuania), Estonia is a wildly beautiful land of pristine forests, biodiverse wetlands and remote offshore islands; natural assets that offer a spectacular contrast to the brooding, gothic aesthetic of its medieval capital, Tallinn.
The cobbled streets of this fairy-tale city are peppered with historic churches, monuments and cosy cafés, not to mention a burgeoning restaurant scene that pays homage to the country’s Baltic and Nordic heritage. The nightlife is pretty lively too (and cheap), which has made it a popular destination for stag parties – not something everybody has welcomed.
Most adventure travellers escape the city and make for the primeval forests and lakes of rural Estonia. And who can blame them? These areas offer landscapes and ecosystems, which have, for the most part, been lost in much of Europe. More than 1,000 lakes shimmer in the Estonian countryside, while bogs and swamplands cover an astounding one-fifth of the country. These habitants are a haven for birds and birdwatchers.
Estonia’s natural wonders are on impressive display in its national parks; most notably, Soomaa, in the heart of the country, and Lahemaa, on the northern coast, which rewards visitors with challenging hikes and impressive views of the Baltic Klint, a 1,200km-long (745 mile) ridge of limestone cliffs that stretches from Sweden to Russia. Elusive wolves, bears and lynxes can also be spotted in these parts.
Estonia’s history, like that of its Baltic neighbours, has been almost singly devoted to maintaining independence from its powerful neighbours, most notably Russia. Annexed by Stalin in 1940, Estonia never entirely became the Soviet republic it might have done, retaining its language and culture far more strongly than other members of the USSR. This plucky, independent spirit endures in Estonia today.
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Estonia Visa and Passport Requirements
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A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in the chart above except (1) EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay.
If travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another however, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card. It is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary though. Note that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.
EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.
Visas for Estonia are not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. EU nationals may stay for an unlimited period, but must obtain a residence permit if staying longer than three months. Nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA may stay for up to 90 days without a visa and should have evidence of sufficient health and travel insurance and sufficient funds for the duration of stay.
Types and Cost
Short-term Schengen visa: €60/£51.
Schengen visas are valid for three months within a six-month period.
Consulate (or consular section at embassy). Visa applicants aged 12 and over must submit biometric data at their visa appointment.
Estonia is a member of the Schengen area.
The normal processing time is up to 15 days.
Extension of stay
EU nationals wishing to stay longer than three months must apply for a residence permit; contact the Police and Border Guard (www.politsei.ee) for details.
Schengen visa holders can only extend their visas in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.
Entry with pets
If bringing a pet from another EU country, your animal must have a microchip, rabies vaccination certificate and pet passport. Pets from non-EU countries must have a microchip or tattoo, rabies vaccination certificate and veterinary certificate.
Embassies and tourist offices
British Embassy in Estonia
Telephone: (6) 674 700.
Address: , Wismari 6, Tallinn, 10136,
Opening times:Mon-Fri 0900-1700.
Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7589 3428/ (020) 7838 5388 (for visas and passports)
Address: , 16 Hyde Park Gate, London, SW7 5DG,
Opening times:Mon-Fri 0900-1700 (embassy); Mon, Wed, Fri 1000-1300; Tues, Thurs 1300-1600 (consular section).
Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in the USA
Telephone: (202) 588 0101.
Address: NW, 2131 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, 20008,
Opening times:Mon-Fri 0900-1700.
Estonia Health Care and Vaccinations
For European visitors who are taken ill or have an accident, free or reduced-cost treatment is available – in most cases on production of a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC gives access to state-provided medical treatment only. Note that the EHIC replaces the Form E111, which is no longer valid. Hospitals are of a decent standard but be aware that some drugs that are available in shops and supermarkets in Western Europe may only be available from a pharmacy in Estonia. For emergency assistance telephone 112.
Food and Drink
Tap water is safe to drink but due to its high mineral content some may dislike the taste. Bottled water is widely available. There are no safety risks pertaining to Estonian food but it pays to use common sense and pay attention to the hygiene and cleanliness of any establishment where you may be considering dining.
At night or when visibility is poor, pedestrians in Estonia are required to wear reflectors on clothing in a bid to prevent traffic accidents. These are available at most supermarkets; failure to adhere to the rule could result in €400 fine. Cases of tick-borne encephalitis and lyme disease have been known in rural Estonia; visitors who will be hiking or going to rural areas should wear protective clothing to protect from ticks and mosquitoes. Vaccinations for tuberculosis and hepatitis B are also sometimes recommended.
Estonia Public Holidays
New Year’s Day
Whit Sunday (Pentecost)
Restoration of Independence Day
Money and duty free for Estonia
Currency and Money
Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €5 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
Estonia joined the eurozone on 1 January 2011, with the Euro replacing the Kroon, which is removed from circulation on 14 January 2011.
Credit cards are widely accepted. Most banks will give cash advances on credit cards with a passport. There are ATMs in nearly all towns.
There are ATMs in nearly all towns.
Traveller’s cheques can be changed in banks in most larger towns, although it has been reported to be problematic.
Mon-Fri 0900-1600; hours may vary. Although banks are usually closed on Saturdays, bureaux de change are open 0900-1500, and some open on Sundays. The main banks in Estonia are Hansapank, Sampo Pank and SEB Eesti Ühispank.
There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding €10,000 or equivalent must be declared if travelling from or to a country outside the European Union.
All major currencies can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change. The value of the Kroon has been tied to the Euro.
Estonia duty free
Estonia is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs – all at tax-free equivalent prices.
If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:
• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22% volume, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.
If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Estonia by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 40 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 50g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine (excluding sparkling wine) and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers.
It is not permitted to import meat or milk products into Estonia from outside the EU member states. Contact the Estonian Tax and Customs Board (www.emta.ee) for further information.
Also prohibited are unlicensed firearms and ammunition, dangerous weapons, pirated goods, counterfeit goods, narcotics, pornographic materials featuring children, and alien species which may pose an ecological threat.
Prohibited exports include unlicensed firearms and ammunition, dangerous weapons, pirated goods, narcotics, pornographic materials featuring children, and alien species which may pose an ecological threat.
You must obtain a licence to export cultural artefacts.
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