Estonia is still the most popular travel destination among Finns. Short travel distance, generous shopping possibilities, different cultural events, spas, and above all Tallinn’s medieval milieu are the things that interest tourists year after year. Conveniently short distances between Tallinn and different Estonian sights have invited tourists to become acquainted also with other places and vacationing opportunities. Estonian small towns exhibit traditional rural life and romantic manor complexes; also it is possible to heal one’s health in European spas.
After Estonia joined the Schengen visa, travelling between Finland and Estonia has become even easier since there is no border control. Despite that it is still worth-while to bring a passport or ID card with you because passengers must be able to verify their identity and citizenship when authorities ask so.
Tourism also has a dark side: pickpockets who will empty unwary tourist’s pockets in crowded places whenever they get a chance. Because of that it is important to take care of your valuables, purses and wallets, and handbags throughout your trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance.
Embassy’s consular department will help Finnish citizens in trouble or foreigners residing in Finland, gives information about services of Finnish authorities, and if necessary consults about court and administrative cases’ general procedures both in Finland and in Estonia. In case of fatalities the consulate will help close relatives to deliver the deceased in Finland and with sorting other formalities related to this sad event.
In addition to the aforementioned the consular department serves Finnish citizens in Estonia in passport-related and notarial questions, formalized legal acts, family law, and matters related to citizenship and military service. Embassy is also responsible for organizing preliminary voting in Estonia for Finnish elections.
I wish you all a pleasant stay in Estonia!
In Tallinn, 1.8.2011