Unlike other countries in Europe, Estonia’s sparsely populated countryside gives it a peaceful and quiet appeal, making it a great destination for nature lovers and ecotourists. Located north of Latvia and west of Russia, and with access to the Gulf of Finland, Baltic Sea and Gulf of Riga, the country is known for providing travellers value for their travel dollars, making it a great shopping destination as well. Its diverse landscape and culture make it a great holiday destination for family vacations.
Estonia travel tips
Travellers are required to have a valid Canadian passport to enter the country, and it must be valid for at least three months after their departure date. Tourist and business visas are not required for trips of up to 90 days. For trips longer than 90 days, you may be asked to show proof of travel health insurance and sufficient funds for your stay.
Crime, particularly theft, is common, but tourists are not usually the targets. Credit card fraud occurs, so use normal safety precautions when using a credit card and communicating with local residents. Estonia is part of the European Union, and the euro (EUR) is the country’s currency. If you plan to drive during your stay, you will need an international driving permit.
Estonia is a culturally diverse nation in which 109 languages are spoken. Estonian is the official language, although Voro and Setu are also recognized. The country’s culture has a large Russian influence, and about 30% of residents speak Russian.
The best time of the year to visit is between April and September. Note that heavy flooding poses a risk during the spring.
Top places to visit in Estonia
The country’s beautiful coastline, islands, national parks and cities will keep you busy during your stay. Estonia has more than 1,500 islands, each with unique cultural elements. The most popular are Kihnu, Ruhnu, Vormsi, Hiiumaa and Saaremaa. The coastline offers countless adventures for exploration: deserted beaches, holiday resorts, fishing villages, yacht marinas and ports, and much more.
The country’s five national parks are free to visit and provide hours of sightseeing opportunities, but perhaps the most fascinating part of the country is the Old Town of Tallinn. A throwback to the medieval era, the town features the original street system from the 13th century, old tea and flour warehouses, government buildings, churches and many other relics from this time period. You will have the opportunity to explore castles and museums, and you can even try your hand at archery.
Travel insurance for Estonia
Travel insurance is an important consideration for trips to Estonia, especially if you plan on staying longer than 90 days. It’s important to make sure you have adequate travel health insurance not only to meet entry requirements, but also to ensure you have access to emergency medical care at any point during your trip. Explore your travel insurance coverage options with Blue Cross by getting a free quote online today.
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