Travelling to Estonia is easy, you can arrive here by plane, train, car or boat (ferries and cruises). As a member of European Union and Schengen area, Estonia is easily accessible to anyone looking to travel over from Europe.
Citizens from EU, USA, New Zealand, Canada or Australia do not need a visa to enter the country and you also do not need one, if you are travelling with a Schengen visa. Check the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website if you are in any doubt. It is always up to date with visa information and gives details of Estonian embassies abroad where they can be obtained.
Estonian currency: Euro
Estonian public holidays
1st of January: New Years day. Usually a very quiet day after celebrations.
24th of February: Independence day. Celebrated with the military parade in the morning and festive family dinners in the evening.
Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Commonly known as lihavõtted or munadepühad in Estonian. Celebrated by spring time (dairy based) treats, eggs and folk festivities.
1st of May: May Day. The night before (Walpburg night) is celebrated with parties and witchcraft.
23rd of June: Victory Day. Celebrating decisive battle (1919) during the War of Independence
24th of June: Midsummer Day. Commonly known as Jaanipäev. Celebrated with bonfires, different events and festivities taking place all around Estonia. One of the most important dates in a year for Estonians.
20th of August: Day of Restoration of Independence. Celebrated with national festivities, events and family gatherings.
24th of December – 26th of December: Christmas.
Most shops, banks and restaurants are open on public holidays –25th of December and 1st of January are the only days when most businesses are closed.
Emergency number: 112
Reflectors are mandatory in Estonia - be sure to attach one to your clothes, purse, rucksack and bicycle pedals.
It is advisable to purchase a travel insurance. When travelling from Europe check if the provider of health care service has a contract with Estonian Health Insurance Fund. You should also get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving. The EHIC isn't a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but it entitles you to state provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Estonian nationals.
Estonia has a law, requiring service institutions to be fully accessible, and those not being able to follow the requirement (for example in Old Town due to the historic architectural restrictions), are usually staffed with friendly and very helpful people.
Public transport accessibility varies from town to town. In Tallinn, there are a number of buses and trams that cater for wheelchair users. Specific times and routes are available at http://soiduplaan.tallinn.ee/