Finnish shipping company Viking Line has announced that it will restart passenger services for essential traffic.

The move follows the decision of the Finnish Government to slowly ease some of the restrictions that were imposed due to the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic.

The new regulations will be enforced from 14 May.

Passengers should check the instructions issued by the officials. The restrictions will be in place until 31 May.

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Of the seven vessels in the fleet, four will continue the operations in Finland, Sweden, the Åland Islands and Estonia.

Viking Line CEO and president Jan Hanses said: “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. We look forward to resuming our normal service with the hope that this can take place in time for our peak summer season.

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“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.”

However, the Helsinki – Stockholm service will remain suspended until 31 May along with the Stockholm to Mariehamn cruise on M/S Viking Cinderella, which will not operate until 15 June.

Additionally, the Viking XPRS, operating on the Helsinki – Tallinn service, will be suspended until 31 May.

The M/S Viking Grace, M/S Amorella, M/S Rosella and M/S Gabriella will continue operations with a changed timetable and fewer departures.

In March, Viking Line announced that it suspended the Helsinki – Stockholm service on Mariella and Gabriella ships until 13 April.