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The government specified the order on border crossing between Estonia and Finland

13. May 2020 - 0:00

Stenbock House, 13 May 2020 – At today’s e-session, the Government of the Republic specified the order on border crossing between Estonia and Finland to reflect that only persons with a Finnish citizenship, residence permit, or whose permanent residence is in Finland according to the population register can come to Estonia more frequently for work or studies or for family reasons without being required to stay in isolation, provided that they have no symptoms of the disease. The amendment does not affect the movement of Estonian citizens and residents.

On Friday, 8 May, the government made a decision pursuant to which a new border crossing procedure between Estonia and Finland will come into force tomorrow, on 14 May. The restriction, pursuant to which persons arriving in Estonia from Finland had to remain in isolation for 14 days after crossing the border, is being eased. If until now, people who live in Estonia but work in Finland could come to Estonia up to once a week without this requirement, then as of tomorrow, they will be able to move between Estonia and Finland more often. In addition to Estonians working in Finland, the requirement for isolation after crossing the border will no longer be mandatory for those who come to Estonia from Finland to work or study. Persons who come to Estonia for unavoidable family reasons will also no longer be required to stay home.

Although the isolation requirement will be revoked, those arriving in Estonia are still advised to refrain from leaving their homes for two weeks, except to go to work or for other unavoidable reasons. Additional safety requirements will also be implemented on ships and in harbours: Voluntary testing of the coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease, will be carried out among passengers travelling between Finland and Estonia, and random border checks will continue. The goal is to reduce the possible spread of the virus to Estonia.

Amendment of the order (PDF) (PDF)

Explanatory memorandum (PDF) (PDF)