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Estonia is located in Northeastern Europe and is bordered by Russia and Latvia.
Visa and Immigration Procedures to Estonia
Citizens of European countries, Canada, and Mexico do not need a visa to Estonia. Citizens of other countries are required to apply for a Schengen visa to enter Estonia. This visa to Estonia is valid for 90 days. A return ticket is required when applying for the visa. A visa can also be obtained at embassies of Estonia worldwide.
Things/Items Allowed into Estonia
Travelers are allowed to import without customs duty 800 individual cigarettes, 200 cigars, or 1000 grams of tobacco. Travellers are also allowed 20 liters of alcoholic beverages.
Things/Items Forbidden out of Estonia
・Diamonds and Precious stones
Things/Items Forbidden into Estonia
・Arms and Ammunition
Voice of Travelers to Estonia
Visiting Estonia with an onward ticket
I traveled on an onward ticket from Madrid, through Estonia, to Finland. I purchased the ticket with Iberia. While the ticket was quite expensive, I preferred this option instead of a direct return ticket from Madrid to Helsinki, so that I could visit Estonia. I bought the ticket in a ticket agency in downtown Madrid. I was able to spend several days touring Estonia's capital, and its many churches. Iberia offered great customer service and good food, all included in the price of the airfare ticket. Transfers from and to the airport in Estonia were also included in the price of the ticket. I can say I fell in love with Estonia! With a direct ticket to Finland, this would not have been possible. I am more than happy that I wasn't counting money when I decided for the airfare ticket that allowed me to discover Estonia.
Visiting Estonia for a conference
I visited Estonia last year for a conference that took place in Estonia's capital, Tallinn. All of my costs were covered by the Institute of Anthropology, which invited me to be their speaker. Thanks to this invitation, I was able to discover first class service aboard the Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt as the Institute had booked a first class airfare ticket for me. This return ticket was probably quite pricey, but I greatly enjoyed the services. Only one event tarnished the otherwise perfect trip, and that was the cancellation of my flight ticket on the way back -- although the ticket from Estonia was rebooked for two days later. If I were to return to Estonia, I would like to visit Estonia's countryside.
Estonia Travelers' Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When is the best time to visit Estonia?
A. The best time to visit Estonia is definitely in the summer when there are very pleasant temperatures throughout the country of Estonia. In winter, Estonia tends to be fairly cold and there are fewer flights to Estonia, although the tickets tend to be cheaper. Of course, traveling to Estonia in the summer becomes more expensive as plane ticket prices rise.
Q. How safe is it to travel around Estonia?
A. Generally speaking, Estonia is a very safe country. Small robberies may happen as petty thieves operate at open markets and around the hotels, so be aware. Cities in Estonia are more prone to crime than the countryside.
Estonia - Direct Flights to Major Airports
Airports handling direct flights to Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport ・Heathrow Airport (London)
・Frankfurt International Airport
Flight Routes to Estonia
Direct flights to Estonia are available from various destinations in Europe such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, or Amsterdam. When flying to Estonia from abroad, you may need to purchase a return ticket in order to obtain your visa. Tallinn Airport is the main international gateway to the country. Major airlines such as Lufthansa, Estonian Air, Alitalia, Czech Airlines and Finnair all offer direct flights to Estonia.