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Helsinki to test ferry travelers for COVID-19, Estonia considered safe

Helsinki Harbour.
Helsinki Harbour. Source: Martin Dremljuga/ERR

Travelers arriving in Helsinki from coronavirus high-risk countries will be tested going forward, and while the Finnish Border Guard has considered testing Estonians, the country is considered a safe place of origin currently.

Margus Schults, CEO of Tallink Silja, told ERR on Wednesday that ongoing discussions revolve around travelers whohad entered Finland by plane last weekend, bringing with them a high number of cases of the novel coronavirus.

Schults says two topics have come up, one being increased testing capacity, allowing travelers to take a voluntary test, even if they come from a country with a low risk of infection. The other question is how to ensure sufficient passenger transport safety by testing and monitoring travelers coming from a country considered "safe", but who have been in a high-risk area prior to that.

Schults said: "I think these are the two main problems that the Border Guard has expressed."

Travelers going to Finland from Estonia, however, need not worry.

Schults noted: "It is very clear today that Tallinn, and Estonia, and the Baltics as a whole, have been declared safe travel regions by the Finnish government, meaning travel is permitted without any kind of quarantine. Travelers going from Tallinn to Finland do not need to worry about quarantine requirements, or testing."


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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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