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Legal Matters

When driving in Estonia, be mindful of licence laws – you need both a licence from your home country and an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Police regularly run checkpoints for documents and drunk driving, and there are posted cameras along highways that will automatically penalise you for speeding.

After dark, pedestrians are required to wear reflectors in order to remain visible to passing drivers. This is regularly enforced by police and violators may face a fine up to €40.

Buying, selling, using or possessing drugs, even in small quantities, is punishable by a fine or detention for up to 30 days.

Persons under arrest have the right to learn of their rights and receive information in a language and manner they can understand. One may not be held under arrest for more than 48 hours without permission from the court and may receive compensation in the event of a breach of rights.