A ceremony will take place today at noon to inaugurate the newly refurbished Narva border checkpoint for pedestrians and cars. The Narva-1 terminal cost 7.5 million euros to build and is three times the size of the old checkpoint.
The new terminal has eight lanes for pedestrians, 12 lanes for cars and two separate lanes for buses.
The refurbishment will speed up border crossing procedures for regular travelers and contribute to the development of tourism and entrepreneurship in Ida-Viru county.
"Narva checkpoint is one of the most important inland connection routes between the EU and Russia," Estonian Minister of Internal Affairs Hanno Pevkur said. "The new checkpoint is no doubt a prerequisite for regional growth," he continued, adding that the redevelopment is also of national importance.
The total cost of the terminal facilities – 7.5 million euros – was paid for by the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) and the Republic of Estonia.
Over 3.6 million people use the checkpoint every year to move between Estonia and Russia.
Editor: M. Oll