- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Additional Information
- Embassy Contact
High Degree of Caution
Latest Travel Alert
Citizens should exercise caution in any decisions about international travel, taking account of their overall health, their vaccine status, and the risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad. Anyone considering travelling abroad should be aware that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit.
Citizens should be aware that new EU-wide rules on the validity of the EU-Digital COVID Certificate came into effect on 1st February 2022. EU-DCCs based on a primary course of vaccination are only valid for travel if no more than 270 days have passed since the final dose in the primary vaccine series.
Travel to Estonia
Guidelines are subject to change at short notice. You should check the most up-to-date regulations with the Estonian authorities before travelling.
On arrival to Estonia
EU-DCC Holders – passengers who have completed a vaccination course or who have recovered from COVID-19 are exempt from any restrictions. Further information is available here.
Non-EU-DCC Holders are required to follow certain guidelines, depending on which country you have arrived from. Full information can be found here.
You are advised to follow the guidance of national and local authorities. Please refer to www.kriis.ee/en for information about public health guidelines and restrictions across Estonia.
Additional advice and information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:
General Travel Advice
Please see the website of the Estonian Foreign Ministry for the most up-to-date information on restriction on freedom of movement requirements for passengers. We advise you to check before you travel.
At present there are direct flights between Estonia and Ireland twice a week during the summer months with Ryanair.
If you are currently in Estonia, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities. The Estonian Health Board contains information and advice on COVID-19 and is updated regularly. It also contains a link to information on the Family Physician Advisory Line (Ph: 1220 / +372 634 6630).
You can contact the emergency services in Estonia by dialling 112.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Although the threat from terrorism in Estonia is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.
Crime remains relatively low in Estonia but you should take sensible precautions:
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
- Pickpocketing and mugging can be a problem in the Tallinn Old Town, ferry ports and major hotels - particularly during the summer months so be careful - take sensible precautions and avoid unlit side-streets and parks at night.
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Estonia, report it to the local police immediately. To call the police, dial 112. You can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Tallinn if you need help.
If you’re planning to drive in Estonia, you should take extra care, particularly when driving after dark and on major highways as road traffic accidents are common. If you want to drive:
- Bring your international driving license and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law (the legal alcohol limit is zero) and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught.
- Dimmed headlights and seatbelts are mandatory at all times.
- Your vehicle must have winter tyres from 1 December to 1 March every year. These dates may change if there are severe weather conditions so check local conditions if you’re driving between October and April.
- If you intend to travel by car or motorbike to Estonia, you must bring your original Vehicle Registration Certificate, as your vehicle will be refused entry into Estonia if you can’t produce it. You’re also obliged to carry a copy of your insurance certificate within the vehicle.
Pedestrians and cyclists
Reflectors are mandatory for pedestrians and cyclists at all times.
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.
Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.
Mosquitoes and horseflies
Mosquitoes and horseflies are common in Estonia during the summer months, as are ticks and mites which can spread infection. Insect repellent is a sensible precaution if you plan on visiting during the summer, particularly if you intend going to Estonia’s many forests and bogs.
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
European Health Insurance Card
As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay there. Ensure that you get or renew your EHIC (the new name for the E111) before you go, and remember, you need one for every person travelling in your group.
You can apply for your EHIC and find out more information here.
The EHIC is not a substitute for proper travel insurance provided by a reputable insurer. It doesn’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. Also, some private hospitals may not accept the EHIC, so you should check with the hospital administrator beforehand.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
Irish citizens don’t need a visa to enter Estonia.
The currency of Estonia is the Euro.
Estonia is very cold in winter and generally under snow until March. If you’re planning to visit, you should bring warm winter clothing as well as appropriate footwear.
In the winter months, footpaths in cities and towns, including the Old Town in Tallinn, are extremely dangerous because of impacted ice.
Outside office hours, in case of a genuine consular emergency for Irish citizens, the Duty Officer is available at: + 372-56-908340.
Embassy of Ireland
Rävala pst 5
Tuesday to Thursday, 11.00 - 13.00, by appointment only. Please contact + 372-6-811-870
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.