More than 90 percent drop in tourists visiting Estonia in second quarter ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

A bottle of hand sanitizer on a table at Raekoja plats in Tallinn's Old Town in May.
A bottle of hand sanitizer on a table at Raekoja plats in Tallinn's Old Town in May. Source: Anna Aurelia Minev/ERR

In the second quarter, 120,000 foreign tourists visited Estonia. Every other tourist came from Finland but only a tenth compared to 2019, according to data from the Bank of Estonia.

In the second quarter - April, May and June - the number of foreign tourists fell by 94 percent. The number of same-day visits dropped by 96 percent and accounted for one third of the total number of visits.

Foreign tourists spent only €36 million or €400 million less than a year ago.

Estonian residents visited foreign countries almost 115,000 times, which was 88 percent less than in the second quarter of the previous year. Latvia and Finland were the most visited but visits to these countries fell by 60 and 80 percent, respectively.

Foreign visits fell due to restrictions implemented to stop the spread of coronavirus. The emergency situation ended in mid-May and began in March.

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Editor: Helen Wright

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