Estonia plans not to allow Russians with visas issued in other countries of the European Union to enter the country, said the head of the Ministry of Health of the country Urmas Reinsalu.
"At present a decision is being developed in Estonia, which could be used to prohibit entry to Estonia with visas issued in the third countries of the European Union. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior next week are preparing their possible proposals on how to close the Estonian border for those Russian citizens who have a Schengen visa, not issued by Estonia", - ERR portal quotes Reinsalu in the middle.
On September 18, restrictions for Russian citizens in Estonia are taking effect. The decision taken on September 11 relates only to visas issued by Estonia, and does not affect visas issued by other Schengen countries.
The decision on the prohibition to travel to Estonia for Schengen visas issued by other states is currently being prepared and will be ready in the next week. According to Reinsalu, it does not contradict the laws of the European Union. He gave as an example the coronavirus pandemic when countries closed their internal borders for citizens of other EU states and the Schengen zone.
"This mass of Russian citizens, 850 thousand people, who entered the European Union at the end of the first half of September, unfortunately, is growing, so we have to be ready to make some time," Reinsalu said.