Baltic Queen is one of the two Tallink ships operating the Tallinn-Stockholm route, Source: Pjotr Mahhonin, Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Cruises between Tallinn and Stockholm resume as Estonia eases restrictions

Cruises between Tallinn and Stockholm resume as Estonia eases restrictions

Day trippers to the Baltic country can skip quarantine if tested, vaccinated or reconvalescent

Citing epidemiological situation improvement, the Estonian government has relaxed restrictions for indoor and outdoor events, activities, and on-site eating and drinking. Cruises between Tallinn and Stockholm have also got the green light. And, from 1 July, day trippers will be able to enter Estonia more easily.

Events, museums, exhibitions, catering establishments

Up to 600 people are allowed to participate in indoor events and activities at 50 percent venue occupancy. A limited or unambiguously delimited territory (such as a square or park) may have up to 1000 participants outdoors. Visitor areas of museums and exhibitions will have a 50 per cent occupancy cap.

Attendance can be increased further if participants prove that they are Covid-free. From 14 June, events can be held with up to 3,000 people indoors and up to 9,000 people outdoors provided attendees have tested negative for Covid-19, have recovered from the disease in the last 6 months or have been vaccinated.

Indoor and outdoor events and activities, as well as on-site eating and drinking in the catering establishment can go ahead without restrictions on duration.

Tallinn-Stockholm-Tallinn cruise

June 11 marked the resumption of leisure trips on the Tallinn–Stockholm–Tallinn route resumed. In this regard, tourists are advised to take into account the restrictions related to visiting Sweden. Returning to Estonia may lead to self-isolation if the 14-day case notification rate per 100 000 inhabitants in Sweden surpasses 150. Current data puts this number at around 165.  

One-day tourism to Estonia

From July 1, people will be allowed to visit Estonia for up to 24 hours without the obligation to self-isolate if they have tested negative for the coronavirus with a PCR test not older than 72 hours or a rapid antigen test not older than 24 hours. This category includes tourists arriving on cruise ships, as well as those coming from Helsinki or Stockholm on day trips, and people who come to Estonia for one day by air, bus, or car.

Persons who have recovered from Covid-19, have been vaccinated, or are considered equivalent to a vaccinee do not need to be tested. Also exempted from testing are children under the age of 12 and arrivals from countries with a low infection rate.

Moderate (yellow) level of infection risk

The Government Communication Office informs that the latest easing of restrictions has been made possible by Estonia entering the Moderate or yellow level of infection risk according to the country’s traffic light system. The 14-day positivity rate, hospital occupancy rates and other critical indicators of the healthcare system are all on a downward trend. Nevertheless, people are advised not to let their guard down and follow the recommendations for behaviour in the Moderate risk level, such as avoiding crowded and closed spaces and wearing face masks in public indoor places.

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