Rules for using your own car in Estonia: what Ukrainians need to know
Citizens of Ukraine who are in the Baltic countries, and in particular in Estonia, can travel around the country in their own car. However, for this, it is necessary to know the current rules regarding the use of cars with Ukrainian registration. We will tell you in more detail about the necessary documents for a safe trip
Since the beginning of the full-scale war, many Ukrainians have decided to seek refuge in the Baltic States - in particular, in Estonia. Some refugees came to the country in their own vehicles. In this regard, it is important to know information that will make life easier for drivers in Estonia. We talk about the current rules and necessary documents for cars with Ukrainian registration.
Is it necessary to register a car with Ukrainian license plates in Estonia?
Cars with Ukrainian license plates that have been in the country for up to 12 months do not need to be registered. In order to legally drive a car, the driver must have an insurance policy - a "Green Card". You can issue a driver's license by following the link, even if you are already abroad.
In addition, the cars of Ukrainian refugees are not required to pass a technical inspection.
Who needs to register a car in Estonia?
Drivers whose cars have been in Estonia for more than a year must register the vehicle. Recently, the Ministry of Economy and Communications of Estonia adopted a draft law that simplifies the registration process for Ukrainians.
The main requirement for a vehicle is its safety. The relevant conclusion can be issued by the Department of Transport after a special inspection.
Pay attention! All cars with Estonian license plates must undergo a technical inspection.
A problem may arise during registration: non-compliance of a car manufactured for the Ukrainian market with EU requirements. To solve this situation, the Department of Transport can allow registration despite the lack of documents on compliance with the requirements of the European Union.
The car can be registered not only by the owner. To do this, you need to give permission to another person, who will carry out all the steps.
Importantly! Cars registered in territories temporarily occupied by russia cannot be registered.
What duty must be paid when registering a car in the country?
The car owner must pay the state duty:
• 250 euros for approval of the type of individual vehicle;
• 192 euros for registration and registration plate.
Citizens of Ukraine can get a customs discount. To do this, you need to fill out a declaration within 12 months from the date of receiving temporary protection in Estonia.
Is it necessary to exchange a Ukrainian driver's license in Estonia?
Refugees can use their driver's license within a year after registering their residential address in the population register. At the same time, the certificate must contain the following information in Latin letters:
• Name and surname of the driver;
• category of mechanical vehicle, road train or machine train;
• a description indicating the maximum weight of the vehicle and the number of passengers (for a bus).
If at the time of issuance of the Ukrainian identity card, the person permanently resided in Estonia, the document is considered invalid. It must be exchanged for an Estonian license after passing the exams.
Please note that a lost ID cannot be exchanged for an Estonian ID.
Documents for the exchange of driver's licenses
After one year of stay in Estonia, you must exchange your driver's license. Be sure to prepare the following documents:
• Passport or other identity document;
• a medical certificate issued by a family doctor or a medical board. If information about the driver's state of health is entered in the traffic register and nothing has changed, it is allowed not to provide the certificate;
• a photo taken no more than 5 years ago;
• sample signature;
• the driver's license that will be replaced and its translation (if required).
If you take the exams before the exchange of rights, you must pay a state fee.
Insurance of Ukrainian cars in Estonia
Estonia obliges all drivers to insure cars. Accordingly, Ukrainians must purchase a "Green Card" before entering the country. You can buy a policy online using the link.
To issue a policy online, it is enough to provide the following data:
• Foreign passport or driver's license;
• vehicle technical passport;
• TIN code.
It is recommended to have an insurance policy with you at all times, as this will avoid fines and unnecessary questions from the police.
We will remind you! Earlier, Finland announced that it is ready to accept Ukrainian refugees from Estonia, where the reception system is overloaded due to the influx of people. Read about the kind of help Finland provides to Ukrainians and how many refugees it is ready to accept here.
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The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
Online check-in making in advance is recommended to avoid queues at check-in to hotel.
Meals in hotels are provided through meals delivery service to rooms upon prior order or at hotel restaurants situated inside or in open areas, provided the distance of at least 1.5 meters between seats at adjacent tables.
Not more than 4 clients are allowed to stay at the table (excluding children under 14 years old). Unless these tables are separated by a special partition;
Self-serve is not allowed.