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The head of the emergency situation puts restrictions on travel to main islands

14.03.2020 19:28

According to the order of the head of the emergency situation Jüri Ratas regarding imposing limitations on free travel on the territory of Saaremaa, Hiiumaa, and Muhu municipalities, ferry traffic on Virtsu-Kuivastu and Rohuküla-Heltermaa routes takes place as follows:

·        Only permanent residents of the main islands can travel to the islands using the ferry connections. Travel of permanent residents of the islands to the mainland is prohibited.

·       For ordinary travellers travel to the main islands is suspended. Those already on the islands can leave by the decision of a police officer.

·        We order the passengers to stay in their vehicles (including buses) during the crossing.

·        Passenger compartments shall be closed. 

·        Provision of vital services and transportation of goods will be ensured.

·        Travel from the islands to the mainland is allowed by the decision of a doctor or an ambulance team member.

·        Passengers in ports shall be inspected by officers of the Police and Border Guard Board and admitted to the vessel by special decision.

·        No service charge for the return of purchased tickets will be applied during the emergency situation period.

·        Ferries currently operate according to the established timetable. We will notify of any changes as soon as possible.

These measures shall remain in force until such time as the order of the head of the emergency situation is changed and their necessity shall be evaluated at least every two weeks. The order of the head of the emergency situation imposes the measures that are necessary to prevent the spread of the virus in order to protect human life and health and the dominant public interest. The justifications and considerations are set out in the explanatory memorandum of the head of emergency situation.

The explanatory memorandum is published on the website of the Government of the Republic: https://www.valitsus.ee/en/news/additional-restrictions-due-emergency-situation-islands-and-covering-leisure-time  

Please contact your local government if you have any further questions.

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