Country Guide: Estonia

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Updated: August 11, 2016

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of passport
  • Packing list
  • Express bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Resident ID card / Estonian ID card
  • Proof that the person as worked / lived outside EU for last 12 months
  • Copy of working contract in Estonia
  • Copy of Estonian lease agreement
  • Copy of plane ticket (used for confirmation of arrival date to Estonia) 


Specific Regulations

  • It takes approximately 20–40 days to obtain a resident ID card / Estonian ID card.
  • Relevant documents must be received by the agent prior to the arrival of the shipment to minimize port charges.
  • New items (less than 6 months in the possession of the owner of the goods) are subject to import duties and taxes.
  • Duty free import is allowed within 12 months after arrival to Estonia. 

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original registration card / title
  • Copy of passport
  • OBL / AWB
  • Customs declaration form
  • Car invoice (must show purchase price and date of purchase)
  • Letter of employment 


Specific Regulations

  • Owner of the goods must obtain a Customs declaration and a Customs certificate in order to register the vehicle with the Estonian Motor Vehicle Registration Center (ARK).
  • Vehicles must be presented for a pre-registration inspection to ARK prior to Customs clearance and registration.
  • Duty free import is allowed if owner of the goods can present all documents specified.
  • It is mandatory that a vehicle obtained outside of Estonia must be registered within 5 days of Customs clearance.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate


Specific Regulations

  • Pets may enter as accompanied baggage, in the cabin, or as cargo.
  • Birds arriving from countries infected with Avian influenza cannot be imported.
  • Certain breeds of dogs are prohibited from entry into Estonia
    • Contact agent for specific information.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Firearms and ammunition (authorization from the territorial administration is required)
  • Alcohol and spirits (should be sent separately from the personal effects shipment and are subject to 100% tax)
  • Endangered species and any products or parts thereof as outlined by CITES (authorization from CITES is required)
  • Hunting weapons (authorization from the Ministry of Interior is required)

Prohibited Items

  • Unlawful drugs
  • Narcotics
  • Explosive materials

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.



Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook

Wikipedia Entry for Estonia

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.