COVID-19: Border Security in a Pandemic is a Key Theme at Border Security 2021

Event Border Security Conference
Organiser SMi Group Ltd.
Event Date 10.02.2021
Press Release Date 11.11.2020

Hear from international experts on their border response to COVID-19 at the 14th Annual Border Security virtual conference, next February

With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing new and unexpected challenges for customs and immigration authorities worldwide, it is now more important than ever for international border professionals to meet and discuss these issues head-on.

With this in mind, SMi Group are delighted to announce that the Estonian Police and Border Guard Administration will be presenting at next year’s Border Security Conference, taking place virtually on the 10th-11th February 2020, on Spain’s Border response to COVID-19.

Registration is FREE for military and government personnel, and just £499 for commercial organisations. Register at

Mr Egert Belitsev, Head of Integrated Border Management Bureau, Estonian Police and Border Guard Administration will be briefing on ‘Estonian Police and Border Guard COVID-19 Response’, which will cover:

  • Overview of the Estonian response to the pandemic and the technical means to monitor travellers
  • Measures taken to monitor the quarantine regime
  • Changes to the structure of the Police and Border Guard and future modernization plans

In the broadest view, the Police and Border Guard Board’s main functions are related to preserving law and order, investigating and preventing crimes and misdemeanours, guarding the border, rescue at sea, determining the grounds and status for people staying in Estonia, and issuing identity documents.

The two-day agenda features more dedication sessions on COVID-19: Border Security in a Pandemic. The presentations include:

  • ‘Customs Enforcement Adaptation During COVID-19’ presented by Mr Samy Gardemeister, Director of Enforcement, Finnish Customs
  • ‘BorderXpress Operation in Cyprus & Covid-19 Measures’ presented by Mr Yiannis Harpas, Senior Manager Operations Pafos International Aiport, Hermes Airports Ltd
  • ‘Czech Republic Response to COVID-19 and Working with Schengen’ Presented by Mr Jiri Celikovsky, Head of Unit for Coordination of Schengen Cooperation and Border Control, Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic
  • ‘COVID-19 Effect on the Spanish Border and Implications for Border Management and Security’ presented by Dr Enrique Belda, Deputy Director General of Communication and Information Systems for Security, Spanish Ministry of the Interior Administration
  • ‘Combatting Fraud and Criminality During the COVID-19 Crisis: The US Experience’ presented by Mr Jason Thompson, Assistant Chief e3/Biometrics, United States Border Patrol

The brochure including the full programme details is available online at

Border Security
Conference: 10th – 11th February 2021
Virtual Conference: Online Access Only
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