Border crossings at Narva have decreased by 95 percent ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Narva-1 Border crossing point
Narva-1 Border crossing point Source: Rene Kundla/ERR

Police Lieutenant Colonel Üllar Kustala of the Narva border point told ERR on Friday that there were close to 95 percent less border crossings at Narva in July when compared to last year.

Kustala said: "In the middle of summer last year, around 10,000 people a day crossed the border at Narva, right now that number is around 450."

July saw 14,222 people cross the border, along with 1,220 cars and 5,272 truck. No passenger buses have crossed the border. In July 2019 however, 397,648 people, 49,352 cars and 2,775 trucks crossed.

Kustala said the border is only crossed by people who are allowed to do so at the moment, taking into account travel and movement restrictions. Trucks, citizens of the European Union and Russian Federation, are all allowed to cross the border, if they are traveling for transit, funerals, doctors' appointments or returning to their home country.

Since March 18, the border of Russia has been closed to travelers from other countries due to the coronavirus. The country partly opened their borders in early-June.

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