Travel to Estonia

30/04/2013 -- Admin
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Tallinn Old Town, spas, fishing villages, song and dance festivals, basketball, cycling, water sports, Big Egg Mountain, Parnu, beaches, medieval castles, pine forests, wolves, bears, lynx, moose, Muhu blankets, Baltic sea, Otepää , islands, Toila, Kaberneeme, Tartu, folk music, manor houses, cabbage soup, Baltic sprats, rhubarb cake, national parks, lakes, rivers, flora, windmills, waterfalls, museums, Saaremaa, Hiiumaa, canoeing, snowboarding, sailing, fishing, bird watching, hiking, camping, cross country skiing, Old Believers, handicrafts, flower embroidery, casinos…

Medical and Health

Like many countries in Eastern Europe, Estonia is suffering a brain drain of doctors and nurses to the West.  Despite this, the standard of medical care is generally looked on as good, especially in the capital Tallinn.

Documents needed:  Passport and European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). 

Doctors and Hospitals

The EU medical card doesn’t cover private treatment, so make sure to use a healthcare provider that has a contract with the Estonian Health Insurance Fund.

Visits to a GP are free for card holders.  There’s a small charge for a doctor’s call-out, also for treatment if you need to see a specialist for an existing medical problem (e.g., cardiologist for a heart problem).

If you have to go into hospital, there’s a small daily inpatient fee for the first 10 days. There’s no inpatient fee for children under 18, pregnancy/childbirth and intensive care services.

You can often pay extra for an upgrade to a private room – these types of costs are usually covered by comprehensive travel insurance, not the EHIC.

Dentists:  Only emergency dental treatment (e.g., abscess, tooth removal) is free.  No charge for dental treatment for under 19s. Charges are non-refundable in Estonia, but you may be able to claim back in the UK.

Ambulance:  Emergency transport is free.

Prescriptions

Some medicines that are readily available from the corner shop in the UK, e.g., Aspirin, are only available in pharmacies in Estonia.  There’s a standard charge for prescriptions, with discounts on some medicines for EHIC card holders. If your medicine isn’t on the list of approved drugs, you’ll have to pay full price.