Viking Line recommencing services after Finnish relaxation of restrictions

Viking Line has said that, as a result of the Finnish government’s decision on May 4th to ease some of the restrictions related to the Covid-19 coronavirus, beginning May 14th.

Viking Line said that it would open up passenger service again for essential traffic, which it said would include travel for work and other travel so defined by the authorities.

Four of Viking Line’s seven vessels will continue their service between Finland and Sweden, the Åland Islands and Estonia. People will be able to continue travelling as usual between the Finnish mainland and Åland.

Jan Hanses, president and CEO of Viking Line, said that “we are pleased that the decision has now been made to partly ease travel restrictions. It is extremely important to maintain vital social functions by allowing essential service between these countries”.

Hanses also said that the company looked forward to resuming its normal service with the hope that this can take place in time for the peak summer season. “We are working in close collaboration with the authorities in charge to ensure that all forms of travel are carried out in a safe and secure manner. Taking a holiday locally is something that we expect will be attractive going forward. We believe that trips to our destinations and, above all, to and through the Baltic Sea archipelagos will experience a renaissance,” Hanses said.

Service between Helsinki and Stockholm will remain suspended until at least May 31st. Cruises from Stockholm to Mariehamn with M/S Viking Cinderella will be suspended until at least June 15th. Viking XPRS, which normally operates between Helsinki and Tallinn, will be out of service until at least May 31st.