Estonian formin: Finland decided against allowing Estonians cross-border commute for work

  • 2020-03-20
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Finland decided against allowing Estonian citizens cross-border commute to its territory after enabling it for a day, the decision is effective from midnight on Sunday, Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu said.

"I spoke to the Finnish Foreign Minister last night and he said [the decision] was guided by the Finnish Health Ministry's public health recommendation. I requested for this exception to remain in place, and referred to the fact that Estonia and Finland currently share similar principles when it comes to granting entry for citizens from third states, and proposed to discuss a theoretical idea of a Finnish-Estonian quarantine area," he said.

"We agreed that our prime ministers would discuss both the cross-border commute issue and the proposed joint quarantine area in the morning. We must presume that this ban will fully enter into effect. That means that people who are contractually employed in Finland but do not hold a residence permit in the legal sense must quickly make a decision today or tomorrow, if they're currently in Estonia," Reinsalu said.

"They can either go to Finland and stay and work there until the rules change or remain in Estonia without an option of entering Finland until the rules change. We are currently in the process of establishing whether or not quarantine will be imposed on them if they enter Finland today and tomorrow. Estonians traveling between Estonia and Finland for work -- you need to make a decision either today or tomorrow on whether you want to continue working in Finland," the foreign minister added.