Government approves bill extending number of reasons to issue entry bans
The government approved a bill of amendments to the Obligation to Leave and Prohibition on Entry Act on Thursday that lists more reasons for the authorities to deny entry into Estonia to individuals.
The purpose of the bill drafted by the Riigikogu foreign affairs committee is to specify legal grounds to impose a prohibition of entry into Estonia on a foreign national.
The change is intended to make the law meet the requirements of the current international security situation, and take into consideration the threat assessments by security institutions as well as establish a direct link between those assessments and the practice of issuing bans against individuals trying to enter the country.
For example, the new bill lists an individual’s connection with a foreign intelligence or security agency as a new reason to keep them from entering into Estonia. Another reason that can serve as basis for such a ban in the future is the danger that the person in question may disseminate racial, religious, or political hatred.
A third possible reason to deny entry is an individual’s link to a human rights violation with severe consequences.
Other grounds for an entry ban include threat estimates of security agencies concerning international tensions and security issues, and an existing ban by another European Union member state, a NATO member state, or a Schengen area member state.