Finland Prolongs External Border Restrictions Until December 19

Finland’s current restrictions at the external borders will be extended for another three weeks, the Finnish authorities have announced.

According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Interior, the restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic developments on November 4 will be extended until December 19 but will not affect Schengen Zone arrivals or those presenting a full vaccination certificate, reports.

In addition, restrictions on the external border traffic, which includes the traffic between Finland and third countries, will now apply to Singapore and Ukraine arrivals but will be lifted for arrivals from Indonesia.

“According to the decision made by the EU, residents of countries and regions on the EU Green List are allowed to enter Finland. Green list countries are countries in a sufficiently good disease situation for which the Council of the European Union has decided to allow free travel within the EU,” the press release noted.

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Finland’s safe list representing low-risk countries at present includes Bhutan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, China, Kuwait, Macao, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, New Zealand, or the Vatican City, as well as the Norwegian municipality of Sør-Varanger, Karasjok, Storfjord, Nordreisa, or Tana. 

As per travellers to Finland from the remaining countries (excluding the Schengen Zone) who are 16 years of age and older, they will have to participate in health security measures when entering the country.

Furthermore, Finnish authorities are implementing the two-option method for unvaccinated arrivals, as follows:

  • Those presenting a negative result of the COVID-19 test, not older than 72 hours before their arrival, will be required to take another test in Finland within the three to five first days of their stay. The same rules apply to persons who have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before travelling.
  • For travellers that cannot present any of the certificates, they will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon entering Finland and get a second test within three to five days after they reach the country.

At present, the EU member states are dealing with an increased rate of COVID-19 positive cases, as a result of which Austria ordered a national lockdown and Slovakia re-entered the 90-day state emergency. In addition, the Netherlands reintroduced the social distance requirement. Other countries, including Germany, France, Czechia and Hungary, where the incidence is increasing rapidly, are expected to announce more stringent rules in the upcoming days.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) data shows that 3,922,289 positive cases with the virus and 52,043 fatalities from the disease have been registered in the EU member states in the last seven days.

In addition, during the last seven days, 6,330 positive cases with COVID-19 were reported in Finland, taking the number of total positive cases to 180,878. Moreover, the death toll in the country has reached 1,302 records, with one death being reported in the last 24 hours.

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