From this week, Tallinn Airport announced that passengers can fly to 19 destinations, including Kärdla, the capital of Hiiumaa and Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa.
It is possible to buy direct flight tickets from Tallinn to Berlin, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf (Germany), Helsinki (Finland), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Riga (Latvia), Copenhagen (Denmark), Oslo (Norway), Vilnius (Lithuania), Paris (France), Vienna (Austria), Dublin (Ireland), Edinburgh (Scotland/UK), Milan (Italy), London (England/UK), Girona (Spain) and Paphos (Cyprus), Tallinn Airport has said.
Although Wizz Air planned to open a direct flight between Tallinn and Kyiv, Lviv and Kharkiv (Ukraine), the Estonian government decided on June 30 that due to the high rate of coronavirus cases, they have extended the restrictions of passengers traveling to Ukraine until July 14.
AirBaltic announced they are planning to open a flight route to Malaga on July 11, Belavia plans to open flights to Minsk on July 15. LOT has said they will open the route to Warsaw on July 16.
To establish direct flights to a country from Tallinn the government has said the infection rate needs to average 25 per 100,000 inhabitants for a two week period.
Tallinn Airport asks all the passengers to take cautions while coming to the airport. 2+2 rule still applies at the airport, including disinfecting their hands. Airport staff also says that if the passenger is sick, it is compulsory to stay at home.
Passengers, who arrive from the countries that have a high infection risk, are given the following guidance:
- If the passenger arrives from a country where the infection risk is high and they have only traveled in the origin country, they have to sign a form, given by Police and Border Guard Board (PPA).
- People who have stayed more than 2 weeks in a country with high infection risk or stayed place of residence during the pandemic, been isolating there and have not shown any symptoms of COVID-19, they do not have to sign the form but are obliged to stay in the quarantine.
- They have to declare that the passenger understands they cannot leave their place of residence for 14 days.
- The person can only leave their place of residence when they have essential trips to do, such as visiting healthcare institutions, renew their food supplies and exceptional purchases (medicine).
- The person can also leave home if their life is in danger.
- If the person shows symptoms of COVID-19, they must avoid contact with other people and are obligated to self-isolate for 7-14 days.
- The person who isolates themselves are allowed to have exercising outdoors but cannot come into contact with others.
- A police officer can make a call a week after arriving in Estonia and ask questions about their location and other things. The purpose of their call is to make sure that the person has enough food and their health is in good shape.
- According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, people from the UK can now come to Estonia without quarantine. The Estonian government decided on July 6 to cancel the mandatory quarantine for the people who come from the UK. More information about quarantine and self-isolating can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs web page here.
Additional information about staying in quarantine in Estonia can be found here.
More information about the restrictions in European Union countries can be found here.
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein