Romantika ferry to embark on trip to Germany to bring home stranded Estonians, Latvians

  • 2020-03-17
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonian ferry company Tallink will be sending its Romantika ferry to make an unscheduled trip to Germany to bring home Estonians and Latvians stranded at the German-Polish border.

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu told reporters on Tuesday that an exceptional trip to the port of Sassnitz in northern Germany is to be conducted in cooperation with Estonian shipper Tallink in order to repatriate Estonians and Latvians stuck in Germany.

Chairman of the board of Tallink Paavo Nogene said that the Romantika is to depart from the Port of Riga at 8 p.m. at the earliest and head to Sassnitz. The journey will take roughly 24 hours. Latvians and Estonians stuck in Germany will be able to board the vessel, which will then depart for Riga. The journey back will take about 17 hours.

Nogene said that all passengers are guaranteed cabin space and meals.

The price of tickets for the trip will be symbolic, according to Nogene. Estonia and Latvia will compensate Tallink for the cost of the trip.