Estonia eases restrictions for cross-border workers from Latvia

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Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas on March 18 extended his earlier order, which allowed residents of the twin towns of Valka and Valga to move across the Estonia-Latvia border for work purposes, reported LETA.

The rules now apply to other border municipalities, too, in an effort to cause as little disruption as possible to daily life and the provision of services.

The revised order states that people living in municipalities located directly on the border of both countries can go to work in Latvia and return to Estonia, and vice versa.

The requirement for all Estonian border crossers to complete a questionnaire on their state of health has been abolished, but the police will have the right to request it, for example, if a person shows symptoms of the disease.

Although Estonia has temporarily reintroduced border controls and restricted movement across the internal and external borders of the Schengen area due to the threat of the new Covid-19 coronavirus, Ratas on Monday decided to allow residents of Valka and Valga to cross the border more easily if they have a valid reason, as previously reported by LSM.

A valid reason is considered to be a job, family or residence in Estonia, but residents must be included in the list prepared by the Valka Municipality and must present a passport or ID card when crossing the border.

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