According to the head of the Border and Migration Services at the West Prefecture of the Police and Border Guard Board Margo Peters, the police checked more than 160 vehicles on the Tallinn-Pärnu-Ikla highway entered Estonia through the Ikla border point. In total, 239 people were checked, more than half of whom were foreign citizens.
"Four citizens of Ukraine and one citizen of Belarus had no reasons for entering Estonia. The police had grounds to believe that all these foreigners wanted to find work in Estonia, although two of them claimed that they were going to a friend's birthday party," Peters said.
In the evening of the same day, the police stopped a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Tourer with Ukrainian license plates near Pärnu. Four of the nine foreigners on the bus were citizens of Ukraine and had no legal grounds for staying in Estonia.
"They said that they wanted to start a business in Estonia, but they did not have the right to work in Estonia," Peters said.
He reminded foreigners arriving in Estonia for work and their employers that employees must be registered and have a valid place to stay in Estonia before their arrival in the country.
As it was reported earlier, the United States Department of State imposed visa restrictions and a prohibition on entry against 43 Belarusian officials involved in undermining democracy in Belarus.