TALLINN - The listed Estonian shipper Tallink operating the Tallinn-Helsinki route accepts various types of coronavirus tests in addition to the PCR test on its Finland-bound trips; children aged 12 and younger are permitted to board Tallink vessels without having to present proof of testing.
Passengers traveling to Finland are obligated from Tuesday to present proof of having tested negative for the coronavirus or a medical certificate proving they have recovered from the virus. Tallink said it accepts paper and digital proof of PCR tests, PCR rapid tests, LAMP tests, coronavirus antibody tests and rapid antibody tests if they have been taken within 72 hours before departure
Exempt from the obligation to present the certificate are children aged 12 and younger as well as cargo drivers performing work duties, on-duty transportation crews including maritime staff, aircraft pilots and crew members, crew members going to and arriving back from work and professional people who play a key role in ensuring the functioning of the Finnish society, such as doctors, nurses and carers.
A detailed list of professions practitioners of which are permitted to enter Finland as an exception as at Saturday is available on the website https://intermin.fi/-/maahantulon-rajoituksia-kiristetaan-27.1?languageId=en_US
Tallink recommends that before buying a ticket, passengers should contact Finnish authorities if needed to make sure they are granted entry to the state upon arrival.
The restrictions on traveling to Finland will remain in force until March 18.
According to the information available to Tallink, a paid coronavirus test can be taken without a referral at the testing point of the Confido medical center at the Nautica shopping mall from Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tallink said that the requirement for passengers to present their coronavirus test result has been introduced by all shipping companies as a temporary measure which will hopefully lead to the relaxation of restrictions between Estonia and Finland in the future.