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Estonian people working in Finland were exempted from restrictions on movement

19. March 2020 - 12:21

Stenbock House, 19 March 2020 – Jüri Ratas, the person in charge of the emergency situation, has issued yesterday an order which allows cross-border commuting for persons whose permanent residence is in Estonia but who work in Finland.


Pursuant to the new order of the prime minister, people who live in Estonia according to the Population Register but work in Finland may enter Estonia without the 14-day quarantine requirement if they do not have symptoms of illness.


The order was supplemented with a restriction pursuant to which cross-border commuters can travel between Estonia and Finland without a quarantine requirement once every seven days. This means that they cannot return to Estonia more than once a week.


Employment is defined as working under a contract of employment or authorisation agreement or as a national official within the meaning of Estonian law and its equivalent in the meaning of Finnish law.


On 18 March, the government of Finland announced that it would allow cross-border commuting. The person in charge of the emergency situation has made the same decision with the new order, allowing cross-border commuting for persons whose place of residence according to the Population Register is in Estonia but place of work is in Finland.