Finland Prolongs COVID-19 Entry Restrictions for Third-Country Travelers Until June 5

Restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic will remain effective for another month, the Finnish government has decided.

According to a press release regarding the government’s session held yesterday, the authority has decided it will maintain current restrictions until June 5 in a bid to protect public health while incidence rates with COVID-19 in the country have reached 14,937, reports.

More specifically, the restrictions include the requirements of presenting a vaccination certificate indicating the holder has been fully vaccinated against the virus, or a recovery certificate, proving the holder is immune to the virus for 180 days after acquiring the document. The requirement applies to all arrivals over the age of 16 coming from outside the EU and Schengen area.

Others can enter the country by presenting a PCR test performed 72 hours before arrival, or if the traveler has none of these documents, they should expect to be directed to a COVID-19 testing point at the entry. Health inspections are carried out by health authorities on a risk-based basis.

However, specific categories coming from third countries are exempted from such requirements, such as Finnish citizens arriving from a third country, Finnish residents, or arrivals reaching the country for essential tourism, which can be a family or other personal reason.

“Entry is also allowed without restrictions for residents of EU Green List countries and territories. Green list countries are countries in an adequate good disease situation for which the Council of the European Union has decided to allow free travel within the EU,” the press release explains.

Finland is one of the countries with the highest vaccination rates in the EU, as 78.3 per cent of the population is vaccinated with the primary course while 52.9 per cent has been administered the additional booster shot, as the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control ( ECDC) data shows.

In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals that one death related to COVID-19 has been reported in Finland in the recent week, taking the death toll to a total of 4,150 since March 2020.

This announcement of extending the current restrictions remains common among the EU Member States, although the majority of them have already lifted all restrictions related to COVID-19. At present, countries like Spain, Portugal, and Italy have the requirement of presenting a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate effective, while the following countries have entirely lifted their restrictions:

  • Bulgaria
  • Czechia
  • Denmark
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

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