People walking outside the harbour.

Several exposure situations on ships – go for a test with a low threshold if you have symptoms

The health authorities know about several cases where a person has travelled on a cruise ship and afterwards been diagnosed with the coronavirus infection.

In general, these persons have avoided moving around on the ship and big crowds, so they have had few close contacts, or the ones exposed have been possible to recognize, contact and put in quarantine. In these situations, there is a small risk of infection for those who have not been in close contact.

However there was a person with mild symptoms on Silja Europa’s cruise to Tallinn between 30 June and 1 July, who spent longer periods of time in the public spaces of the ship. Because of this, other passengers might have been exposed to the disease. The Silja Europa cruise left Helsinki on Tuesday 30th of June at 18:30 pm. The ship left Tallinn on Wednesday 1st of July at 12:30 pm.

  • If you were a passenger on one of these departures, we recommend you to observe any possible symptoms of the coronavirus, which are e.g. a fever and/or a cough and/or shortness of breath.
  • Even if you have mild symptoms, contact the health care with a low threshold, so you can be tested and get further instructions.

Get tested if you have symptoms, do not expose others to the virus

  • If you have symptoms that seem like the coronavirus, get tested. Get tested with a low threshold especially, if you have participated in an event where several people gathered.
  • If you have symptoms, you should avoid all kinds of travels, so other people do not get ill.
  • It is also important to avoid close contact without symptoms, because an infected person can infect others also before they get symptoms themselves.
  • Everyone can protect themselves from an infection by following hygiene instructions and avoiding unnecessary close contact and big crowds.

Do you think you might have a coronavirus infection? Get tested

The message from THL, HUS and City of Helsinki

Picture: Antti Pulkkinen / City of Helsinki's material bank