From February 1, 2024, the Ivangorod automobile cargo and passenger checkpoint on the border with Estonia in the Leningrad region will be closed. Local authorities previously planned to reconstruct the facility to expand capacity.
The government order was published on portal legal information. The document was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. The pedestrian crossing at the border will remain open. The Russian Foreign Ministry has been instructed to inform the Estonian side about the decision.
Governor Alexander Drozdenko said at the end of 2022 that the checkpoint would be closed for reconstruction for two or three years, reported “Fontanka” with reference to local media. Work was originally expected to begin in the spring or summer of 2023.
Poland and the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) from September 19, 2022 do not allow Russians into the Schengen zone if they travel for tourism, cultural, sports and business purposes.