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The government specified the restriction on freedom of movement after crossing state borders

11. June 2020 - 0:00

Tallinn, Stenbock House, 11 June 2020 – The government clarified its previous order and provided that a person arriving in Estonia from a country with a higher COVID-19 infection rate would be subject to a 14-day restriction on freedom of movement. Quarantine was previously required, but for the sake of legal clarity, the wording of the order was clarified by adding a restriction on freedom of movement.

Similarly to the current regulation, the specified order stipulates that the restriction of freedom of movement is applied during the latent period of infection, or 14 days. This means a prohibition on leaving the place of residence or permanent residence, except on the instructions of a healthcare professional or a police officer or in the event of an emergency endangering a person’s life or health. People can also leave home to receive healthcare services or if it is not possible to obtain food, basic necessities, or medicine in any other way.

The decision of the government does not change the established list of people who are allowed to enter Estonia when crossing the state border. The established exceptions, which are not subject to the requirement of restriction of freedom of movement upon entry, will also not be changed.

The order will enter into force upon signature.

The order must be published in the media. This requirement arises from subsection 28 (9) of the Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control Act. The Government Communication Unit will send a formal notice concerning the matter.

The order will also be published on www.valitsus.ee and in Riigi Teataja.