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Government ends border control in EU and Schengen area

Estonian border (picture is illustrative).
Estonian border (picture is illustrative). Source: Sergei Stepanov/ERR

The Estonian government has decided to end border control at the internal borders of the EU and the Schengen area.

The government at a sitting on Thursday decided to end border control and guarding of the state border which was temporarily reintroduced upon entry into Estonia during the emergency situation, government spokespeople said.

However, some people will still have to undergo a 14-day period of quarantine upon entry to Estonia if the country they are traveling from has a coronavirus infection rate higher than 15 per 100,000 over a two-week period.

But, border control is not necessary to assess the need for isolation from countries which do not meet the restriction.

Upon arrival to the country, a person's identity and travel documents and the purpose of the trip are checked by the Police and Border Guard Board.


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