Estonia’s border with Russia ‘calm’ after entry ban goes into effect

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An official, on Tuesday, said Estonia’s near total entry ban on Russians has so far had no major impact on the situation at the border.

The head of the main checkpoint in the border town of Narva, Marek Liiva, told dpa that the situation at Estonian-Russian border crossings was “quite normal and calm”.

About 20 Russian citizens were denied entry during the first day and a half since the tougher entry policy came into effect, most of them at the Narva crossing.

Liiva said “reactions to the entry bans have been calm, and there have been no incidents at border stations’’ attributing this to Russian media reports about the rule changes.

Border guards in fellow Baltic EU countries Latvia and Lithuania also reported no major incidents so far.

The three Baltic EU states as well as Poland jointly placed tougher restrictions on Russian citizens wishing to enter their countries starting from Monday.

All four countries would from now on no longer permit Russian citizens with a Schengen visa for tourism, business, sport or cultural purposes to enter their territory.

However, certain exceptions would  apply, including for Russians already resident in one of the countries and political dissidents, as well as on humanitarian grounds. 

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