The Estonian government confirmed March 16 that residents of the twin border cities of Valka (Latvia) and Valga (Estonia) will still be able to cross the international border in an exception to the strict border controls being introduced by Estonia.
“The person in charge of the emergency situation [Prime Minister] Jüri Ratas has extended an exception for the Valga-Valka border crossing point, to allow people who live in the twin city to freely travel between work and home,” an Estonian government press release said.
“Implementing the exception allows residents of the Valga-Valka area, who work across the state border, to resume their regular activities. Only persons without symptoms of illness may cross the border in the twin city. The exception also allows for the area to function as normally as possible in the emergency situation, which also means keeping economic damages as low as possible,” the statement said.
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