Estonia Business Travel Guide

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The Estonia Business Travel Guide contains travel resources for business travellers, there are several useful resources contained in the guide. The guide contains facts on Estonia, visa information, business customs, useful tips and other resources. An appreciation and understanding of other cultures, languages and customs can be extremely useful to business travellers and offer extra help to ensure a successful business trip.

Estonia is a member of the EU and OECD and has a developed economy with a number of business opportunities. Major trading partners include neighbours Latvia, Lithuania and Finland, Sweden and Germany. Estonia shares borders with Russia to the east, Latvia to the south, to the west is the Baltic Sea and to the north is the Gulf of Finland. The country has a variety of landscapes including coastline, forests and rivers

Famous attractions include The Kiek in de Kök, Seaplane Harbour, Estonian Maritime Museum and Kadriorg Art Museum in Tallinn and Lahemaa National Park, Hermann Castle, Soomaa National Park and Estonian National Museum.

Estonia Guide

Quick Facts on Estonia
Estonia Travel Advice
Visa Requirements
Business Customs and Etiquette
Travel Advice and Tips
Public Holidays
Estonia Map
Estonia Weather & Climate

Quick Facts on Estonia

Country: Estonia

Capital: Tallinn

Currency: Euro (1 euro = 100 cents)

Population: 1.3 Million (UN, 2012)

Area total: 45,000 sq km

Languages: Estonian

Time Zone: GMT +2

Daylight Saving Details: Starts in late March until late October

Electricity: 230V 50Hz

Dialling Code: 372

GDP: USD 24.48 billion (World Bank, 2013)

Religion: Predominately Christian

Political System: Republic

Internet Domain: .ee

Estonia Travel Advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers travellers useful advice when travelling to Estonia. Here you can find out entry requirements for Estonia, advice on local laws and customs, tips on safety and security and the address and contact details of the British Embassy in Estonia. The information posted is usually up to date giving both business and leisure travellers a very useful resource to check before starting their trips. For more information please see: Estonia Travel Advice

Visa Requirements

No visa requirement for national of EU member states. No visa need for US and Canadian nationals for visits less than six months. Visa requirements are subject to change with changes in requirements and rules for further information please see: Estonia Embassy UK

Business Customs and Etiquette

Business meetings need to be arrange in advance, business greetings are formal and reserved, greetings are usually with a firm handshake. People should be addressed by the proper titles and should wait to be invited to use first names. Business cards are usually exchanged after introductions. Trust is seen as important as is keeping your word, meetings can often take place of lunch. Decisions still tend to be made at the top so it can take several meetings to be get decisions made.

Estonia and the capital Tallinn have embraced business practices as conducted in the European Union.

Travel Advice and Tips

The majority of trips to Estonia pass without incident for tourists and business travellers but you should be aware of the pick pockets and petty crime. It is wise to keep valuables out of public view. Always be vigilant and aware of your surroundings and environment.

Travel Checklist: See our Travel Checklist & Tips containing useful tips and reminders to ensure you have everything you will need on your trip.

Travel Vaccinations: It is recommended you check with your GP whether you require any travel vaccinations up to eight weeks before you travel. For further information and advice on travel vaccinations please see the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Tipping: If service charge is not included usually around 10%

Hours of Business:

For Business:
9.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday

For Banking:
09.30 to 16.00 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday.
09.30 to 18.00 Thursdays

Public Holidays

Public Holidays (2015):

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Feb 24: Independence Day
Mar 29: Good Friday
May 1: Labour Day
May 19: Whit Sunday
Jun 23: Victory Day
Jun 24: St. John's Day / Mid Summer Day
Aug 20: Independence Restoration Day
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Boxing Day

Estonia Map

Map of Tallinn, Estonia

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Estonia Weather & Climate

Estonia's location gives it a European continental climate characterised with typically warm, dry summers and fairly cold winters. The coldest month is January and the winters can be severe with plunging temperatures and heavy snowfall. In summer the temperatures average around 20 to 25°C; the weather is typically dry with sunny intervals with some rainfall. The best period to visit Estonia is between May to September with relatively warm days and cooler nights. Spring time has more rainfall than is typically the case in summer whilst autumn and winter are usually cold and wetter.

Lightweight cotton and medium weight clothing can be warn for the summer months, rain coats are advisable throughout the year. Additional layers and warmer heavy weight clothing is required in the winter with much colder temperatures.

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