Information about Baltic region
Comparison of temperatures
Form of government:
Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania: Republic, parliamentary democracy
Estonia: Tallinn | Latvia: Riga | Lithuania: Vilnius
Estonia: Estonian (only official language), Russian (everyday language in regions with a predominantly Russian-speaking population, especially in the north east)
Latvia: Latvian (only official language), Russian is widely spoken
Estonia: Maritime to temperate continental, very long winter, cool summer
Latvia: Moderate, but with significant temperature fluctuations: warm in summer, very long winter with extreme cold down to -30°C
Lithuania: Moderately continental
220 Volt AC, 50 Hz. An adapter is required.
Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania: CET + 1 hour all year round
Making telephone calls:
For telephone calls to the UK, please dial the country code 0044 first. For calls to the destination country, please dial the country prefix of the country first:
Estonia: 00372 | Latvia: 00371 | Lithuania: 00370
Omit the first zero in the area code.
Entry requirements for British citizens:
Estonia: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Estonia; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this. British Citizens don’t require a visa to enter Estonia. Holders of other types of British passports may require a visa. See the webpage of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Schengen Visa Info for further information. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/estonia/entry-requirements
Lithuania: For your visit in Lithuania your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this. Holders of British Citizen passports don’t need a visa to enter Lithuania. Holders of other categories of British passports should contact the Lithuanian Embassy in London. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/lithuania
Latvia: When entering Latvia your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.
British Citizen passport holders don’t need a visa for stays of up to 3 months. If you have a different type of British nationality, contact the Latvian Embassy to check whether you need a visa. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/latvia/entry-requirements and http://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/london/embassy
Please note: You are required to have health insurance when you enter Latvia. This must include repatriation costs.
Traveling after 29 March 2019: The UK government recommends that travellers going to the EU after 29 March 2019 have six months left on their passport, and is also advising that any extra months which have been added to a 10 year passport will not be valid. You can check your passport validity here: https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
For up-to-date informations on developments regarding BREXIT, please visit the ABTA page at regular intervals: https://www.abta.com/.
Your expert tour guides will be able to provide you with detailed information about the country, people, history, culture, etc., and offer advice and assistance for organizing your trip. They can also help with room allocation and look forward to welcoming you with initial information. Here you will find out all you need to know and useful information about the trip. We have put together a varied programme including numerous highlights, enabling you to experience the culture and diversity of landscape that the Baltic region has to offer, and learn all about the country and its people. Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing added extras. We recommend booking the following package:
Cultural & gourmet package: This package includes 6x generous dinner and 3 excursions: “Seaside resort of Jurmala”, “Amber museum gallery with amber schnapps tasting in Vilnius” and “Curonian Spit (world heritage) incl. boat trip”, only £ 149 per person.
Curency / banks / credit cards:
Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania: The currency is the Euro.
Exchange rate (as at April 2019): 1 GBP = 1.16 €; 1 € = 0.86 GBP.
Money can be exchanged at bank counters and in exchange kiosks. Banks are open from Monday to Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., and on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (variations are possible). Cashless payments are widely accepted.
Cash can be withdrawn without problems using EC and credit cards in major cities from ATMs bearing the Maestro logo. Some banks may however charge a fee for cash withdrawals using an EC card. Only your home bank will be able to tell you exactly how much this fee is, but usually it is between GBP 5 and 10.
Estonia: The customs regulations for travellers are largely the same as the ones applicable in many European states. From non-EU states (caution when arriving from Russia!), 40 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 50g of loose tobacco may be brought in. The export of objects of artistically or historically significant objects created before 1946 is subject to restrictions. Estonia is a members state of the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The import of certain species of wild animal and plant, as well as products derived from them, is therefore forbidden and a prosecutable offence. All types of weapon must be disclosed upon entry into the country. Presentation of the appropriate licence to carry weapons is required.
Latvia & Lithuania: The export of artistically or historically significant objects created before 1947 is subject to restrictions. The export and import of currency over € 10,000 must be declared at customs. From another EU member state, the following goods may be carried without paying duty if used for personal use while on a holiday or business trip :
• 800 cigarettes
• 400 cigarillos
• 200 cigars
• 1 kg of tobacco
• 10 l high-percentage alcohol
• 90 l wine
• 110 l beer
• 20 l fortified wine (e.g. port, sherry, etc.)
Further customs information regarding the import of goods can be obtained from the embassy of the country in question. This is the only place from which to obtain legally correct and binding information. Information regarding customs regulations governing the import of goods into the UK can be obtained from the website of the UK Customs and Excise service at https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control.
Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania: There are currently no country-specific safety instructions.
General travel information:
Estonia & Latvia: Petty crime (handbag theft, etc.) is focused mainly around the major cities. Identification documents that are not required at all times should also be left in the hotel safe to prevent theft and so as not to endanger any onward travel plans. Photocopy all of your documents and cards and keep a list of telephone numbers for blocking your cards, but remember to keep this list separate from your valuables. Pedestrians and wheelchair users are obliged to carry or wear reflectors or a light source in poor visibility and during the hours of darkness both in and outside towns in order to make themselves more visible to car drivers. Pedestrians must attach these reflectors (also known as cats‘ eyes) to their outer clothing.
Lithuania: In the border region between Lithuania and Russia (Curonian Spit, Kaliningrad region), the approximately 2.5 miles long border is not marked with a continuous fence. Raised border markers in the dune area mark the course of the border for a stretch of 1.1 miles. Anyone crossing the border from Lithuania illegally (even for a few feet) must be prepared to be arrested by the Russian border police.
Special criminal provisions:
Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania: Any handling of drugs is prohibited and is punishable by law, with significantly harsher sentences than in the UK. The encouragement of minors to engage in sexual conduct and child prostitution is a punishable offence. The offering, purchase or encouragement of prostitution is also punishable in Lithuania. In Latvia, it is forbidden to drink alcohol in public places such as the street. The only exception to this is the consumption of alcoholic drinks in pavement cafés, etc.
Medical care and information:
Vaccinations: There are no particular vaccination requirements for entry into any of the three countries being visited. Between April and October, tick-borne encephalitis can be transmitted by tick bites anywhere in the country. Vaccination is recommended for trips taken during this period. All travellers should ensure they have sufficient protection against tetanus and polio, however, as well as hepatitis if necessary.
Estonia: Basic medical care is available and generally corresponds to British standards. In the event of an accident or acute illness, British citizens with entitlement to use the NHS in the UK are entitled to receive medical treatment. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and your personal ID or passport must be presented as proof of entitlement. Please note: In the event of a no-deal BREXIT, UK registered EHICs will no longer be valid.
Latvia: Medical care is not equivalent to the British standard.
Lithuania: Medical care equivalent to European standards in the event of accidents and illness can only be found in the larger cities of Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Panevezys and Siauliai. Please note: You are required to have health insurance when you enter Latvia. This must include repatriation costs.
Customers should ensure that they are physically and psychologically fit for undertaking the selected trip and make the necessary queries concerning the level of physical and psychological fitness required. Please observe that the excursions are accessible by foot only and that the buses used for the roundtrip are not customised to transport wheelchairs or similar devices.
All information is subject to change/Last updated: April 2019