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Estonian police to reinforce border control during visit of US vice president

TALLINN- In relation to the planned visit of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to Estonia, the Police and Border Guard Board from Friday to Monday will check more people, vehicles and documents than usual at border check points.

In relation to the visit, more passengers than usual will be checked at the Port of Tallinn and Tallinn Airport, which is why the passengers should be prepared for additional checks and set aside more time for the process, the Police and Border Guard Board told BNS. "Policemen can carry out random controls of travel documents also for people arriving from European Union member states. Therefore it is necessary that everybody hold a valid travel document, either a passport or an ID card," head of the Police and Border Guard Board's border guard office Ivo Utsar said.

Border patrols will also check more people and vehicles than usual moving in the counties bordering Latvia. "The aim of stricter control is to ensure greater security during the visit and hinder the movement of those people, whose aim for travels is suspicious and who may present a danger to public order and other people. We will also pay attention to ensure that there are no dangerous or forbidden objects in the possession of passengers," Utsar said.

People moving in counties bordering Latvia from Friday to Monday must be carrying identification. Drivers are expected to carry vehicle documents.

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