ESTONIA TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

Estonia is a Baltic gem offering visitors the chance to see a tiny dynamic land on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Glorious beaches pepper the extensive coastline, although the swimming season is short.

 

One of the few countries to have emerged out of the Soviet set-up and learnt quickly to pull its own weight, Estonia is, without doubt, the showcase story. In the early part of the last decade, the country got its first taste of independence – sweet and bitter though it was – the euphoria of freedom foiled by long lines to get rations, fuel in addition to skyrocketing inflation. Today Estonia is catching up with the rest of Europe but is luckily still affordable for the budget traveller. If you are fascinated by the thought of blood sausages on your dinner plate, love crisp sea breezes and lush forests, are adventurous enough to go bog walking and willing to try a syrupy liquor of dubious distillation, Estonia is waiting for you.

 

 

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Estonia has relaxed its travel restrictions. As well as Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian nationals/residence permit holders and foreign citizens with family members in Estonia, travelers without symptoms of COVID-19 who are arriving from an EU Member State, Schengen member state or the UK may now enter Estonia.A 14-day quarantine applies to travelers arriving from all countries except those in which the COVID-19 infection rate is 16 cases or fewer per 100,000 people for the previous 14 days. A list of countries from which arrivals are not required to self-quarantine is available on the official government crisis website.As of August 24, travelers arriving from the UK are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

 

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  • Capital: Tallinn
  • Currency: Euro
  • Area: total: 45,227 km²
  • Population: 1,329 million (2020)
  • Language: Estonian (official)
  • Religion: Evangelical Lutheran, Estonian Traditional/Native Belief, Russian Orthodox, Estonian Orthodox
  • Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 24 February, Independence Day (1918)
  • 1 May, Spring Day
  • 23 June, Victory Day
  • 24 June, St. John’s Day
  • 20 August, Restoration of Independence (1991)
  • 26 December, 2nd Day of Christmas

Holidays falling on a weekend are not moved.

Business openings and work schedules may be significantly affected by Christian holidays.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Estonia’s climate is largely influenced by its geographical position. Local climatic differences are mainly caused by the neighbouring Baltic Sea, which warms up the coastal zone in winter and later has a cooling effect, especially in spring. Estonia lies in the transition zone between maritime and continental climates. Sea-level rise may be one of the main impacts of climate change for Estonia, which could strongly affect the territory of the country because of its relatively long coastline and extensive low-lying coastal areas.

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in Estonia can start in November and last until the end of March. The best time for fresh snow is often mid-March.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Estonia is from May to October.

BEACH:

Estonia has some beautiful beaches with their short summer beach season stretching from the beginning of June to the end of August.

WIND:

Estonia can have good winds for both windsurfing and kitesurfing almost all year round, except when it's snowing! May to October are the best months.

For more details on kite surfing in Estonia expand this section!

SURFING:

The surf season in Estonia is anytime from September to May, with the best surfing conditions during the colder months of September to December.

 

LGBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Estonia face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Estonia. Since 1 January 2016, same-sex couples may register their relationship as a cohabitation agreement, which gives them almost all the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples. Nevertheless, same-sex couples are unable to marry or jointly adopt.

 

Estonia is considered, by most, to be the most liberal former-Soviet country when it comes to LGBT rights. Acceptance of LGBT people has grown significantly since the early 21st century, though there is a notable age gap, as younger people tend to be more tolerant and liberal, while older people tend to be more socially conservative. Although there is still not an overwhelming majority who accept same-sex relationships, Estonia does host an annual Baltic Pride Parade.

 

HEALTH

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