Latvian, Estonian residents can cross border for work purposes if approved

Information published by the authorities in Estonia March 21 confirms that under certain circumstances Latvian and Estonian residents can cross the border between the two countries for work purposes.

"On 20 March 2020, the Government decided to extend the scope of special authorisations to allow Estonian and Latvian residents access to their places of work. The cross border workers of Estonia and Latvia can go to work and return home without having to stay at home for 14 days," says official information on the Estonian police website.

"To be granted the special authorisation, an application containing your name, date of birth, identity document number, name of border crossing point and proof of employment in Estonia should be submitted by e mail to [email protected] or when at the border crossing point. The application is reviewed as soon as possible,"

Submitting an application does not automatically grant permission for border crossing and applicants will be notified of the decision by email.

A positive decision will mean people working near the Estonian-Latvian border are able to go to work and return home without having to remain in isolation for 14 days.

The full information is availabe at the Estonian Police website.

The exception to the Estonian border controls will be particularly welcome in the twin towns of Valka and Valga which straddle the border.

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