Since the admission of former Ostbloc countries to the EU, these beautiful countries have experienced a tourism boom due to their authentic, historic charm and relatively inexpensive prices. The Estonian capital of Tallinn is one of the most popular destinations for tourists wishing to experience the beauty of Eastern Europe. However, as Estonia emerged from the shadows of communism, it has been unable to shake off one thing that has plagued many of the former Soviet countries and that is street crime. In this article, we’ll be looking at how you can stay safe in Tallinn.
Keep your valuables safe
If your hotel has a safe, it may be an idea to deposit your passport here as well as money you do not intend on spending that day. If you are out and about in Estonia, remember to keep your mobile phone and wallet in an inner pocket of your jacket. Ensure that you keep your bag zipped up. Pickpockets tend to strike in crowded areas where they can easily blend in with the throngs of people.
Avoid drinking too much alcohol
Alcohol prices in Estonia are cheap and the variety of locally produced alcoholic drinks means that binge drinking can be quite a problem. Excessive alcohol intake increases the risk of being involved in a number of different accidents including slips or trips and also increases the risk of being involved in a physical altercation.
Unfortunately there is a large drug scene in Estonia. Drugs are relatively easily accessed and inexpensive. Drugs are extremely harmful and are illegal for good reason. In addition to being severely damaging to your health, possession of even a small quantity of drugs in Estonia can result in a prison sentence.
Call the police
Should you fall victim to a crime in Tallinn, call the police immediately. The police can be reached via the emergency number 112.
Have you had an accident on holiday?
If you’ve have an accident on holiday within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for travel accident compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information on how you could make a 100% no-win-no-fee* claim for travel accident compensation. Our lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly, professional advisors.