The main cities of Tartu and Tallinn are the most common areas for expats, while the rural areas are where more Estonian citizens tend to live. Its beautiful forest areas make up nearly half of the country. Estonia also has many islands, some of which are inhabited. This makes it a unique and interesting place to live.
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When moving to Estonia from the UK you will need to arrange your shipping before your move. This helps to ensure that your personal belongings arrive on schedule.
Shipping furniture overseas is more costly than moving house in the UK. This is why it’s important to choose the best option for you regarding shipping costs, time and shipping requirements.
Now that the UK has left the EU, there are additional requirements that need to be met when shipping to Estonia, such as relevant documentation. The main opinions are:
You can choose to use one or more of these methods depending on your requirements.
Shipping freight is one of the most cost-effective options to consider when shipping furniture to Estonia. On average, it will take around 7-13 days for goods to arrive. However, during the colder months of the year, ice begins to form in the Baltic Sea. This can cause significant delays in shipping.
The ports in Estonia are located in the Baltic Sea, which is nearly landlocked. Every freight and boat has to pass through either the Sound, the Great Belt or the Kattegat. These areas generate a lot of Marine traffic. As a result, delays may occur.
There are 38 ports in Estonia in total. The two main shipping ports are the Port of Muuga and the Port of Tallinn. When shipping via sea freight, you can choose between using a 20ft and a 40ft container.
While sea freight is a cost-effective option, it does take the longest to arrive. However, if you’re looking to ship a lot of household goods, it’s worthwhile. Costs are based on the container size, rather than the weight of the goods. You will need to consider customs clearance times and charges in addition to removal costs.
Road freight is another popular shipping option for relocations to Estonia. Not only is it cost-effective, but household goods will arrive quickly and safely. International removal companies will be covered by Goods in Transit and Public Liability. This helps to protect your goods during transit.
On average it will take around 3 days for goods to arrive by road freight. If you purchase express shipping, this can arrive in 1-2 days. This makes it the second-quickest removals service.
This shipping option will include some sea shipping and the Eurotunnel. Where road access isn’t available, delays are more likely to occur. Brexit is also a factor to consider.
Road freight is a reliable option, and it’s useful for those looking to move on a budget. You can choose the size of the removals van to fit your goods. Removal companies typically offer door-to-door services, so you can rest assured knowing your goods will arrive safely.
If you’re shipping fewer goods, part-load is the most useful option. You will be given a set amount of space in a container shared with others. You only pay for the space you use, which lowers the overall shipping costs.
As the container is shared, transit times are increased. On average, it will take between 4-14 days to arrive depending on the type of shipping used. You will need to consider the schedules and destinations when using part load.
The more people sharing a container, the longer shipping will typically take. If you don’t need your goods urgently, it’s a fantastic option to consider.
Air freight is the quickest way to ship personal effects to Estonia. Depending on the shipping option chosen, goods tend to arrive within 1-3 days. There are 3 major airports in Estonia, with Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport being the largest. The other main airports are:
If you need your goods to arrive quickly, and you don’t have too much heavy furniture, air freight is the best option to consider.
However, the weight limitations can be limiting and costly. Air freight isn’t the best option for those looking to ship goods on a budget, but it’s useful when used alongside other shipping options.
The average container shipping costs from the UK to Estonia are between £774.02 - £1,394.84. The total cost will vary on the size of the container used, shipping times and the volume of goods being shipped.
If you’re looking to use additional services such as packing, this will cost around £250 on top of the total costs. Shipping vehicles to Estonia will also incur extra charges too.
Here are the average shipping costs:
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*Data taken from MoveHub, MoverDB and BR Logistics
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With the UK’s exit from the EU, additional documents and visas are needed when moving to Estonia. Some of the documentation you need when entering the country include:
To initially visit Estonia for less than 90 days in any 180-day period, British citizens aren’t required to apply for a visa or permit when visiting a country in the Schengen Area. However, if you’re looking to stay in Estonia on a permanent basis, you will need to apply for the relevant visa.
You will need to book an in-person appointment to complete the forms and receive all the necessary information. The typical processing time for a Long-stay (D) visa is 30 days and will cost around £85.68.
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