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Russia closes its borders tomorrow, Estonian residents temporarily in the country should return today

29. March 2020 - 11:42

According to a decision of the Russian government, the Russian Federation will close its borders from tomorrow 30 March. Therefore, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges all Estonian citizens and residents who are temporarily staying in Russia to return to Estonia today.

Starting from tomorrow, crossing the border from Russia may become very complicated. The decision of the Russian government applies to all border crossing points for vehicles, trains and pedestrians, including passing through the Narva-Ivangorod border crossing point by foot.

According to our information, starting from tomorrow, entry to and exit from Russia is allowed only in special cases. Exceptions include:

  • staff of diplomatic and consular representations accredited by the Russian Federation, representatives of international organisations and their family members
  • those providing international transport services 
  • family members (spouses, parents, children, adopted children) of citizens of the Russian Federation who can present documents proving their status (the exception applies only on entering Russia, not exiting)
  • entering or leaving the country due to the death of a relative.

As of now, Russian authorities have not clarified whether and on which grounds would Estonian citizens and residents be able to leave the country starting from tomorrow. Therefore, we ask Estonian residents who are temporarily in Russia to be aware of the fact that starting from tomorrow, they may not be able to leave the country.

The Foreign Ministry is in contact with the Russian authorities and will provide more detailed information once it becomes available.

Read more about the relevant regulation (in Russian):

On Friday 27 March, Russia suspended regular and chartered flights to and from foreign airports, except for evacuation flights bringing back Russian citizens from areas affected by the coronavirus or flights organised under special orders by the Russian government.

Additional information:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Communication Department

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