Due to new legislation being adopted by the Finnish Parliament regarding requirements for entry into the country and this legislation entering into force from today, 12 July 2021, Tallink Grupp has from today discontinued the requirement to present COVID certificates before boarding vessels heading to Finland.
Finland's new entry into the country model enters into force from today, 12 July 2021, shipping companies are no longer required to ask passengers to present the certificates to the transport providers. Instead, the Finnish border control itself will be checking the necessary documents upon arrival into Finland.
Therefore, the requirement to present certificates and documents remains in place, but these will simply now need to be presented at the border upon arrival.
According to the new entry model, which finally also opens borders to leisure travellers, EU and Schengen area travellers may enter Finland freely from today, if they meet one of the following criteria:
• They are fully vaccinated, or
• They have had COVID-19 infection in the last 6 months, or
• They are born in 2006 or later.
Those passengers who have received only one vaccination dose are instructed to take a COVID-19 test at the earliest 72 hours after arrival to Finland, and those without any vaccinations are additionally required to have a negative test result before departing to Finland or a test immediately on arrival.
Commenting on the decision, Age Vanajuur, Head of Customer Experience at Tallink Grupp said:
'We are pleased that the change in Finnish legislation now enables transport providers to hand over fully the checking of the necessary certificates and documentation to the authorities. We have done our best at this challenging time to support the authorities in all our key markets with their endeavours to keep the virus spread under control, so we have dutifully performed this task of checking documents pre-travel and our staff have gone the extra mile over these last three and a bit months.
'It is of course important to emphasise and remember that the certificate and document requirement has not disappeared completely and is still very much in place, but what has changed from today is where and who to you need to now present these documents. So, we still urge and encourage all customers to check that they have all the necessary paperwork before they board our vessels and travel.
'On our part we will also continue to do everything in our power to ensure everyone's safety when they do travel with us and still continue to have requirements in place on our vessels, such as the recommendation to wear a face mask on Estonian- and Finnish-flagged vessels in public areas where it is difficult to keep a reasonable distance; our crew members also continue to wear face masks in public areas and many of them are by now already vaccinated. And of course we continue with all the now normal cleaning and disinfecting procedures and more.'
Tallink Grupp strongly urges all customers to check the latest travel restrictions and rules before booking your trip and again before travelling as restrictions and requirements can change at short notice. It is every passenger's obligation to check that they have the necessary paperwork for entering the country at the destination port.
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AS Tallink Grupp is one of the leading providers of passenger transport and cargo transport services in the northern part of the Baltic Sea region. The company owns 15 vessels and operates several ferry routes under the brand names of Tallink and Silja Line. AS Tallink Grupp employs around 4,000 people in Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Russia and Germany. The shares of Tallink Grupp are listed on the Tallinn Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Helsinki Stock Exchange.
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