Officials in Tallin say other countries should follow its stance that travel to Europe is a privilege, not a right, and that tourism from Russia should be shut down.
Estonia bans Russian tourists over Ukraine war
Estonia has decided to bar people from neighbouring Russia with tourist visas from entering the northernmost Baltic country as a consequence of the war in Ukraine.
"Russian citizens' opportunity to visit Estonia in large numbers or to visit Europe through Estonia is incompatible with the meaning of the sanctions we've established," Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu told the Baltic News Service on Thursday.
The European Union, of which Estonia is a member, has already banned air travel from Russia after it invaded Ukraine. But Russians could still travel by land to Estonia and some of them were reportedly then taking flights to other European destinations.
By imposing the sanction, Estonia wants Russia "to be unable to continue its ordinary international life also at the level of its citizens", Reinsalu said according to BNS, the region’s main news agency. He added that they had observed "a massive growth in the number of Russian citizens transiting through or arriving in Estonia".