COVID-19: M’sians in Finland still have option to fly out

HELSINKI, Finland: A general view of the empty Mall of Tripla earlier in March, amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Photo courtesy of Hanna Matikainen/Lehtikuva/dpa
By V.Sankara

KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 (NNN-BERNAMA) — Malaysians in Finland who intend to return home can still do so as the Finnish Government has yet to impose any flight restrictions on their air space in view of COVID-19, said the Embassy of Malaysia in Helsinki, Finland.

The embassy said the only airports which remain open for international routes at the moment are Helsinki international airport, Mariehamn Airport in the Åland Island, and Turku Airport.

“Malaysians are therefore still able to fly out of Finland via these airports. They just need to ensure that their flights are not cancelled,” it said in a statement in response to Bernama’s query.

On the fate of the eight Malaysians who were reported to be stranded in Helsinki, the embassy said all of them were tourists and they had already left for Malaysia via Istanbul, Turkey.

The embassy said not all of the 390 Malaysians registered with the embassy wanted to return to Malaysia as some were married to locals while others were still working.

“There isn’t a curfew currently imposed by the Finnish government. They have however advised everyone to avoid public places, practice good hygiene and avoid hoarding.

“Though the city may be quiet, there is no sense of panic at the moment.  Malaysians should adhere to the instructions of the host government,” it said.