After months of border closure, Estonia has finally made an encouraging announcement. Residents of Schengen states, EU and the UK can enter the country from June 1, 2020.
The country had imposed a ban on all non-essential travel into it to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic that had broken out in Europe.
The obligation for a 14-day quarantine will be necessary in a certain case. This will be if the traveler’s country of origin has a proportion of infected people higher than 15 for every 100,000 inhabitants. It will be checked for the 2 weeks prior to the traveler’s entry.
Urmas Reinsalu, the Estonian Foreign Minister, confirmed the decision. He also stated that airports will possibly have a testing facility for COVID-19 infections.
He also hinted at alternative measures taken to shorten the quarantine time. The traveler could produce evidence of being COVID-19 negative or test negative at the airport itself upon testing.
With other Schengen countries willing to implement this method, it appears to be quite a practical method. It could allow more people to move across borders.
This move is inspired by similar steps taken earlier between Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Residents of these countries showing zero symptoms of COVID-19 have been allowed to freely move between these countries. They were exempted from restrictions and quarantine.
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