The long weekend of spring holidays in Russia almost doubled the number of border-crossings in Narva, creating long queues of cars waiting to cross into Estonia, writes ERR.
According to Aktuaalne Kaamera, incoming tourist flow from Russia across Narva border checkpoint has normalized, but it is likely to change when Russians start to leave home.
“We spent 10 minutes in the Russian side, but it took much longer in the Estonian side. It was the same thing last time,” says Aleksandr, adding that some people were forced to wait for ten hours before they were able to enter Estonia.
Kert Uustalu, head of the Narva road border checkpoint, said that it takes time to check the identity of Russians entering Estonia because they are non-EU citizens and, according to Schengen rules, must be subject to more comprehensive checking procedure.
Uustalu added that during such long holidays there are queues in all Russian border checkpoints with EU countries.