Passports and Visas
All passengers require a machine-readable passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip, with appropriate visas. You should carry your passport with you at all times to ensure against its loss or theft in hotels. Check with the Estonian Consulate to determine if any visas are needed. Securing required documents is the responsibility of the traveler. This information is a guide only and it is essential that you check all current passport and visa rules with your travel agent before departure.
The currency used in the Kroon (EEK). It is divided into senti (1 Estonian Kroon = 100 senti). Coins are issued in Kr5 and 1, and 50, 20, 10. 5 senti and in notes in Kr500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1. Credit cards are widely accepted and there are ATM's in most towns.
Estonia has 230 V at 50 Hz, with a type C or F socket. America's electrical currents are 120 V at 60 Hz, with a type A or B socket, so you'll need a converter and an adapter.
Estonia is an e-Country! Wireless internet access points can be found in most public locations: parks, squares, pubs, cafés, restaurants, airports, trains, bus stations and often it's even possible to access the internet in what seems a remote location, on a beach or in a forest. Most of WiFi in Tallinn is free, but be sure to check before you connect!
The country code is +372 (dialing in) and for international access (dialing out) dial 8, wait for the long tone and then dial 00. An English directory enquiries service is available on 81182. Public telephones, which are plentiful, are operated by phone cards available from kiosks.
Typical Estonian handicrafts include pottery, woollen items and leather goods (purses, wallets, and belts). Amber and local folk art are good buys, along with the high quality hand knitted sweaters, which you see everywhere. As in other Eastern European countries, Soviet, and pre-Soviet memorabilia, such as coins and medals, are readily available, as are caviar and vodka. Shopping hours are Monday-Friday, 8am to 7pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.
10% of the bill is considered polite and acceptable.
As with most of Europe, traveling within cities and towns can be easily done on foot, by bus, tram or taxi. If your travel plans include two or more cities, bus and rail networks will get you to and from. Finland's public transportation system is efficient and well organized. Tallinn can be easily walked but also brims with comfortable and reliable public transit. Though pricey, renting a car may also be an option.
In the north, especially in Tallinn, the fashions mirror that of Europe's capitals. As you travel further south or west, however, you will find a more traditional and gendered style of dress is popular.