Last updated: 20 Sep 2021

Estonia

About

The most scenic of the three Baltic States, Estonia is a nation famed for its enormous forests, beautiful wetlands and remote offshore islands as well as for being one of Europe's most friendly and forward-thinking nations.

An extremely popular sport is cross-country skiing and the resort town of Otepää, home of the cross-country skiing world cup, is the place to go if this is your passion.

Estonia's most unusual tradition is its Wife-Carrying World Championships, an ancient Baltic tradition revived in the 1990s and now dominated by Estonia.

Explore the countryside and see unspoilt forest and bogs, picturesque old fishing villages and historic manor houses in one of Estonia's three national parks - Lahemaa, Soomaa and Vilsandi.
Capital:  Tallinn (TLL)
Currency:  Euro (EUR)
Language:  Estonian. English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas
Dialling code from SA:  + 372
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +2 (same time as South Africa) 
Daylight Savings Time: From last Sunday March to last Sunday October: UTC / GMT +3 (1 hour ahead of South Africa)
Public Holidays 2021: 

Jan 1; Feb 24; Apr 2, 4; May 1, 23; Jun 23, 24; Aug 20; Dec 24-26

Side of the Road: Right
Best Time to Go: April & May
Best for: Medieval Architecture
Plugs: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are used
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink. Bottled water is available. 
Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended.
Customs: Normal social courtesies. Estonians are proud of their national heritage and this should be respected.
Duty Free: Estonia is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragrance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:
• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22% volume, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Estonia by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 40 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 50g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine (excluding sparkling wine) and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume.
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travellers and €300 for other travellers.
Prohibited Imports: It is not permitted to import meat or milk products into Estonia from outside the EU member states. Contact the Estonian Tax and Customs Board (www.emta.ee) for further information. Also prohibited are unlicensed firearms and ammunition, dangerous weapons, pirated goods, counterfeit goods, narcotics, pornographic materials featuring children, and alien species which may pose an ecological threat.
Prohibited Exports: Prohibited exports include unlicensed firearms and ammunition, dangerous weapons, pirated goods, narcotics, pornographic materials featuring children, and alien species which may pose an ecological threat. You must obtain a licence to export cultural artefacts.

Travel Alerts

Last updated: 14/09/2021

Entry is permitted for passengers from European Economic Area and certain low-risk countries. Passengers presenting a Covid-19 vaccine certificate may enter the country without restrictions.

Red Countries

Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Slovenia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Entry restrictions

  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Estonia.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Nationals and residents of Estonia and their family members;
    • Nationals and residents of the European Union, Schengen Area member states, the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or the Vatican;
    • Passengers residing in Australia, Korea (South), New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, or Ukraine;
    • Passengers involved with the delivery and transportation of goods;
    • Staff of diplomatic or consular missions, including family members;
    • Military personnel;
    • Healthcare service workers;
    • Crew members;
    • Transport personnel;
    • Passengers performing essential services in Estonia;
    • Passengers travelling for the maintenance or repair of information and communication technology equipment of a business operating in Estonia;
    • Passengers holding special authorisation to enter Estonia.

Form requirements

  • Passengers must submit a completed Border Crossing Declaration (Piiriületaja ankeet) up to 1 day prior to departure.
    • This does not apply to passengers in transit.

Quarantine requirements

  • Passengers travelling from a Red Country must quarantine for 10 days on arrival or complete a negative Covid-19 test on arrival and another after 6 days, after which the quarantine period may end.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers, provided they have no symptoms of Covid-19:
    • Passengers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the past year, or who have had Covid-19 in the past 6 months and been declared healthy by a doctor. Vaccinated passengers should hold a vaccine passport or relevant certificate in Estonian, Russian or English, and it must contain all relevant information, including the date and name of the vaccine, its lot number, the dosage administered and how many doses, and how many doses have been administered to the person;
    • Passengers travelling between Latvia and Estonia at least twice a week for work or study, provided holding a negative Covid-19 test obtained within the past 7 days, or they have recovered from Covid-19 in the past 6 months or they have completed a Covid-19 vaccination programme;
    • Passengers who live in the territories of Valga in Estonia or Valka in Latvia who cross the border, provided they do not leave either of these territories;
    • Passengers involved in the transportation of goods;
    • Staff of diplomatic or consular offices, including their family members;
    • Passengers travelling for international military cooperation;
    • Passengers providing healthcare or other emergency services;
    • Passengers travelling for the maintenance or repair of information and communication technology equipment of a business operating in Estonia;
    • Passengers in transit;
    • Passengers who have obtained special permission;
    • Passengers aged 12 years and younger travelling with a Covid-19 vaccinated or recovered legal representative or accompanied by an authorised person who does not need to quarantine;
    • Passengers aged between 12 and 18 years who are not vaccinated travelling with a Covid-19 vaccinated or recovered legal representative or accompanied by an authorised person who does not need to quarantine, provided holding a negative Covid-19 test obtained prior to arrival or immediately after arrival. These passengers must remain at their place of residence or permanent place of stay until a negative result is received;
    • Passengers travelling to work, study, visit family or holding a special permit who are not fully vaccinated, provided holding a negative PCR test obtained 72 hours prior to arrival or a negative rapid antigen test obtained 48 hours prior to arrival.

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Issuing Authorities

Honorary Consulate - Alberton
56 Toon van der Heever Street, Randhart, Alberton, 1457
Tel: 082 550 6363 Fax: (021) 863 2190
E-mail: estonia@mweb.co.za

Honorary Consulate - Cape Town
16 Hofmeyer Street, Welgemoed, Bellville, 7530
Tel: 021 913 3850
Email: jrknipe@iafrica.com

- The Honorary Consulates do not issue visas

Visa Requirements

  • Visas are required by SA passport holders.
  • Visa applications are through the Swedish Embassy

Visa Cost

EUR 80 (Adults) / EUR 40 (minors)

SA Representative

Ambassador accredited from Helsinki, Finland.

Travel Health

Compulsory:  None
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Polio