SAFETY TIPS

SAFETY AND SECURITY

CRIME

Petty crime such as pickpocketing and purse snatching occur, particularly in Tallinn Old Town and during the summer tourist season. Thieves often work in small groups. They target tourists in airports, train stations and other public areas.

Violent crime occurs rarely, but foreigners are not common targets.

Theft of vehicles or their contents is common.

Harassment of individuals sometimes occurs for reasons of race or foreign-looking appearance.

  • Avoid parks, poorly lit streets and certain areas of Tallinn after dark, including Kopli and Lasnamäe
  • Don’t show signs of affluence
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash
  • Always lock your vehicle
  • Always park your vehicle in a guarded parking lot overnight
  • Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times.

TERRORISM

There is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities. There is a potential for other violent incidents.

Targets could include:

  • government buildings, including schools
  • places of worship
  • airports and other transportation hubs and networks
  • public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners

Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places.

FRAUD

Credit card and ATM fraud occurs.

Young women sometimes approach travellers at reputable bars with invitations to socialize at a nearby bar. Once at the new bar, some travellers fall victim to criminal activity or receive very large bills for drinks and entertainment.

Be careful when using debit or credit cards:

  • pay careful attention when your cards are being handled by others
  • use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business
  • avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
  • always confirm prices before ordering.
  • check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements

More about overseas fraud

DEMONSTRATIONS

Demonstrations may occur. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

More about mass gatherings (large-scale events)

ROAD SAFETY

Road conditions and road safety can vary greatly throughout the country. Drivers generally respect traffic laws.

Relatively good highways connect Estonia with Latvia and Russia.

Country roads are poorly lit.

Animals sometimes wander onto the road.

Driving conditions may be hazardous during winter and spring.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

BUSES

City buses are reliable but often crowded.

TRAINS

Rail service is usually good but is limited to local connections around Estonia’s main cities.

TAXIS

Use only officially marked taxis. Ensure that the taxi meter is in use and prices are visible.

Call for a taxi instead of hailing one on the street.

AIR TRAVEL

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

General information about foreign domestic airlines