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Marin: Finland to look at opening Tallinn ferries for work-based travel

The issue has been a bone of contention between the Finnish and Estonian governments. 

Matkustajalaiva saapumassa Helsingin Länsisatamaan.
Tallink Silja Star arriving in Helsinki on 15 March 2021. Image: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva
Yle News

Finland is to open up work-based ferry travel from Estonia next week. The move comes after pressure from the Estonian government over the fate of thousands of Estonian workers currently unable to easily visit their families on the other side of the Gulf of Finland.

The government says it has initially experimented with relaxed restrictions on airline passengers arriving from Estonia, but that is an expensive option for many Estonians working in Finland.

The country's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas had written an open letter on Friday morning appealing for Finland to change tack, as many people can't afford flights back and forth to have weekends with their children.

Finland's PM Sanna Marin's (SDP) office told Yle that change to the policy is on the way.

"The Interior Ministry is preparing a proposal for the government to consider next week on how work-based travel on ferries, and land borders, can be permitted in a Covid-safe way. The government's goal is to relax restrictions on Schengen borders in stages and open for travel in a Covid-safe way," the statement said.

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Sources: Yle

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