Tallink ferry to bring 476 Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian residents from Sassnitz to Riga

  • 2020-03-19
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Estonia's Tallink ferry will bring 476 residents of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania from German Sassnitz to Riga, LETA learned from Tallink.

Tallink Romantika ferry with the stranded Baltic residents left Saasnitz on Wednesday evening and will arrive at Friday night. There are 476 passengers, including 203 Latvian nationals, and 152 cars on board. 

Riga Freeport Administration representative Liene Ozola told LETA that all passengers were questions about their health condition and were informed on the necessity to stay in 14-day quarantine at home.

Lithuanian and Estonian passengers who have their own transport will be convoyed to the Latvian border.

In order to avoid unnecessary stops for grocery shopping, delivery of food products and other products is organized on the ship.

As reported, after Poland closed its borders in relation to the outbreak of coronavirus Covid-19, the special ferry is one of the few opportunities for the stranded Baltic residents to return home.

As reported, in an effort to prevent Covid-19 from spreading further in Latvia, a state of emergency came into force on March 13, setting a number of tough restrictions. The state of emergency is in force until April 14.

Also, the government decided that all international passenger transportation will be suspended from March 17 to April 14. This includes all international air, rail, sea and road passenger transportation.