Travel guide

Land of the singing people.

Whether you decide on a Baltic capital itinerary (Tallinn, Riga or Vilnius), or visit the whole region, Estonians will help you break the ice. The one that closes her in winter. But it’s also what makes its capital so magical.

In summer, it’s best to head off into the hinterland, to explore villages with red-tiled roofs and medieval churches and castles. Before getting lost as far as Pärnu, the country’s seaside resort.

Time difference





Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • Good morning / Good evening = Tere/ Tere õhtust
  • How are you? = Kuidas läheb?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Väga hästi, aitäh, ja teil?
  • Do you speak French/English? = Kas te räägite prantsuse keelt/inglise keelt?
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Ma saan aru/ Ma ei saa aru
  • Sorry = Vabandust
  • Goodbye = Nägemist
  • Welcome = Tere tulemast
  • Thank you (very much) = Aitäh / Suur tänu
  • Excuse me/Please = Palun
  • I am French = Ma olen Prantslane
  • My name is… = Minu nimi on…
  • No thanks = Ei, aitäh
  • Yes/No = Jah/Ei
  • You’re welcome = Pole tänu väärt

Key figures

 Area: 45227 km²

1.325 million inhabitants (2019)

Good to know


Up-to-date vaccinations :

  • diphtheria-tetanus-polio (DTP)
  • MMR in children
  • anti-tuberculosis treatment

Depending on local travel conditions, vaccinations against typhoid fever, Central European tick-borne encephalitis and viral hepatitis A and B may be recommended.


For stays of up to 3 months, French nationals can travel to Estonia with a valid national identity card or passport.

National identity cards issued to adults between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2013 are still valid 5 years after the expiry date shown on the back, but there is no change to the plastic card to prove this. This extension has been recognized by the Estonian authorities. To avoid any inconvenience, we recommend that you use a valid passport.

For stays of more than 90 days, French nationals must apply to the Estonian authorities for a residence permit.