The chairman of the Estonian Chamber of Agriculture (EPKK) and Commerce Roomet Sõrmus announced on social media that a charter flight to Ukraine is planned in order to bring Ukrainian workers to Estonia.
Sõrmus shared a link on his Facebook page to a form for entrepreneurs which they must fill in order to notify the EPKK of workers in Ukraine that need to be flown to Estonia.
Sõrmus wrote if there is enough interest in the potential flight it will most likely be organized before August.
EPKK wrote in the introductory paragraph of the form: "Ticket prices depend on the plane's capacity, at most it will be €350. If a Ukrainian worker has registered short-term employment of up to 90 days, then a visa will not be issued and a direct flight to Estonia is the only way. The deadline for filing the form is July 15."
Employers must arrange a COVID-19 test on the employee's arrival and the employee is subject to a 14-day quarantine, during which time they can not work.
Since a charter flight at this time means that the plane must also return, a flight between Tallinn and Kyiv opens up with a link in the aforementioned form.
Currently, the infection rate of Ukraine is more than 25 per 100,000 inhabitants, making it impossible to set up a regular route between Estonia and Ukraine.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recommended refraining from international travel, except for countries of Europe where the coronavirus infection rate is 16 or fewer cases per 100,000 residents in the past 14 days and upon return from where no self-isolation is required.
Additional information about staying in quarantine in Estonia can be found here.
More information about the restrictions in European Union countries can be found here.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste