Estonia temporarily reintroduces border controls

The government has decided to restrict crossing of the Schengen internal and external border temporarily and reintroduce border controls starting on 17 March in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

“All residents of Estonia and their next of kin can return to Estonia. We will ensure necessary transport for goods and raw materials, as long as the transporters show no symptoms of illness,” Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said. “There is a sufficient food supply in Estonia, both in commercial warehouses and in state reserves. There is no need to worry about shortage of food and daily supplies. It’s reasonable to buy only as much as needed.”

Only citizens of Estonia and holders of Estonian residency permit or right of residence, among them the so-called grey passport holders can enter Estonia, as well as foreign citizens whose family member lives in Estonia.

International cargo (also food and medical supplies transport) can enter the country, as well as persons providing vital services, like fuel providers.

Foreigners are allowed to transit Estonia on the way to their home country if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19.

At the border control travel documents and medical symptoms will be checked.

The border control will be reintroduced from 17th March 2020. The cabinet meeting has also supported the requirement of a two-week quarantine for everyone entering the country.

There are no restrictions for exiting the country.

The temporary restriction of border crossing will be in force until decided otherwise and the necessity will be reviewed every two weeks.

Estonian residents who are having trouble returning home from abroad are advised to contact the consular assistance emergency helpline +372 53 01 9999 (24 h).

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