Over the recent weeks, Europe has seen an increase in the number of coronavirus cases, causing the infection rates by countries and accordingly, also the flight schedule, to change rapidly. Based on the currently established method, until the end of August, the operation of flights in Estonia is connected to the infection rate, and if this increases, the airlines have to cancel their flights. This week, flights from Tallinn can be taken to 12 international destinations in 9 countries.
“For the first time since April we witnessed that people are once again getting stranded with returning home. The current flight restriction system was developed in May, when the situation in Estonia and Europe was different compared to today. If the restrictions concern 5 countries out of 25, it is possible to rebook people to other flights; however, if already 19 countries are subject to restrictions, cross-border movement will become complicated,” said Eero Pärgmäe, the Commercial Director of Tallinn Airport. “We are currently in a situation, where we need a sustainable plan for cross-border movement in a year perspective and on behalf of the passengers we are pleased that the Government of the Republic is going to discuss the topic this week. Travelling should most definitely not be at the risk of people’s health, however to keep the economy going, we strongly need direct connections and should not close the lines with prohibitions. In addition, it is much easier to check people arriving with direct flights than those using several connecting flights or other means of transport.”
“As the flight schedules are constantly changing on a weekly basis, it is important for the people to think through their travel plans, avoid travelling to countries with high infection rate and, if their flight is cancelled, to immediately contact their airline, who is responsible for bringing the passengers back using either a direct flight or a hub. However, if people are at risk of being stranded in some country, we recommend contacting also the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who will assist in organising the return, if necessary,” Pärgmäe added.
When travelling, we advise keeping the following in mind:
- Consult the Foreign Ministry website for the infection rate in your country of destination before planning the trip.
- Stay up to date with possible travel restrictions in your country of destination – consult the Reisi Targalt website, the ReOpen portal of the European Union, and, if necessary, contact the foreign mission of the country of destination for details.
- Register your trip at the Foreign Ministry’s Reisi Targalt website to allow the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to notify you of possible travel restrictions.
- Follow the recommendations of the Estonian Health Board for a safe flight to protect your health and that of others.
- Obtain travel insurance and carefully read the conditions of your insurance (including for travel interruptions caused by COVID-19).
- In the country of destination, follow the instructions of local authorities and keep up to date with possible new restrictions.
- On your return, follow the rules introduced in Estonia, monitor your health, and if you suspect you have been infected with the virus, contact your GP.
As at 24 August, it is possible to take direct flights to 12 international destinations from Tallinn Airport:
- Berlin (EasyJet, AirBaltic)
- Dusseldorf (Ryanair)
- Edinburgh (Ryanair)*
- Frankfurt (Lufthansa)
- Helsinki (Finnair)
- London (AirBaltic, Ryanair, Easyjet)*
- Milan (Wizz Air, Ryanair)
- Minsk (Belavia)*
- Oslo (Norwegian, Air Baltic)
- Paphos (Ryanair)*
- Riga (AirBaltic)
- Vilnius (AirBaltic)
*A self-quarantine requirement of two weeks applies when returning from the destination. More detailed information about the infection rates of countries is available on the website of the Foreign Ministry.