Hugo Osula, owner of the Estonian intercity bus operator Lux Express, said that the possibility of voluntary COVID-19 testing launched at the airport and port of Tallinn should also be extended to include bus stations with international traffic.
"Every day, more than ten international bus trips and approximately 500 passengers cross the Estonian land border," Osula said.
"As a result, it is very surprising that testing facilities have not been set up at bus stations operating international routes. Lux Express attaches great importance to the safety of its passengers and has implemented a number of measures on its own in all buses and at bus stations since spring to ensure that all passengers stay healthy and feel safe. That is why it is important for us that the state does not forget about bus passengers and now also contributes to their safety itself."
Osula said that testing opportunities should be created at three bus stations -- in Tallinn, Tartu and Parnu, which currently serve international trips.
While one trip to Riga arrives in Tartu per day, almost all international trips en route to Tallinn stop in Parnu.
Airika Aruksaar, CEO of Tallinn Bus Station manager Cargobus, said she has also been in contact with the Health Board (Terviseamet) with regards to enabling testing.
"However, in the absence of such a decision, the hands of the authority are bound here. Nevertheless, we expect and wish that political will will emerge as soon as possible at the level of the ministry and the government and that the problem will be resolved in a substantive and thorough manner," Aruksaar added.
Editor: Helen Wright