Shipping line Tallink is to start two return Tallinn-Stockholm trips per week from September, doubling the frequency of the service which begins on August 26. The move is directly the result of a change in government policy which requires visitors from high-risk coronavirus states to undergo testing rather than have to self-quarantine for two weeks.
"The decision and announcement made by the Estonian Government today to replace the quarantine requirement for people arriving in Estonia from countries with a high COVID-19 infection rate with the virus testing option, will allow us to gradually start restoring travel options for those people who have unavoidable reasons for travelling between Estonia and Sweden for family or work reasons," Paavo Nõgene, CEO of Tallink Grupp, said, via a company press release.
"Furthermore, the additional departures will enable us to increase cargo transport capacity on the vital route between Estonia and Sweden and thus enable us to restore and stabilise cargo transport between our two countries," he added.
Nõgene noted that the move was not a wholesale restoration of pre-pandemic passenger ferry service levels, however, noting that the line still relied primarily on cargo and essential travel.
The timetable between the Estonian and Swedish capitals from September will be:
- Tallinn-Stockholm: Sundays and Wednesdays 6.00 p.m. departure.
- Stockholm-Tallinn Tuesdays and Wednesdays 5.30 p.m. departure.
Ticket sales for the Tallinn-Stockholm route departures are now open on the company's website; which vessels are to be used has yet to be announced.
Tallink say it imposes measures such as limiting passenger numbers to ensure social distancing is viable, quizzing passengers about their health on checking in and providing disinfectant and other hygiene paraphernalia.
Editor: Andrew Whyte