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Tourists from Estonia cannot visit Finland from Monday

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Ferry at the Port of Tallinn.
Ferry at the Port of Tallinn. Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

The Finnish government decided on Thursday that travelers from Estonia can only enter Finland to return to the country, work, transit or for an unavoidable reason from September 28. While Estonia is on Finland's restricted list, tourists cannot travel to the country.

It is recommended that anyone arriving in Finland self-isolates for 14 days from Monday. From October 1, the isolation period can be shortened by taking two optional corona tests.

Estonia was added to the list after a recent surge in coronavirus infections.

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said on Wednesday after a meeting with the Finnish prime minister that it would be unlikely Estonian citizens and residents could visit the country from Monday.

Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Slovakia were also added to the list this week. The recommendation was made to the government by the Finnish Health Authority.

More information can be read here in English.

Tallink keeping Helsinki ferry running

Estonian ferry line Tallink says it will continue to run its Tallinn-Helsinki service, since those traveling to Finland for work still need connections.

However, it will reduce its services at weekends between Estonia and Finland and has decided to suspend the Riga-Helsinki route until the end of October.

Tallink CEO Paavo Nõgene said no state support from Finland had yet been forthcoming, however, unlike in the case of the Turku-Stockholm route. The company will still restart its Tallinn-Stockholm line, though it will not move between not between the Finnish and Swedish capitals.


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