Finland Travel Restrictions Update: New Guidelines Are Coming

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Finland travel restrictions changes

On 5 November, the Government adopted a decision on restrictions on entry into the country, which will enter into force on Monday 9 November. Restrictions will be lifted for residents of Singapore , Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions.

All existing restrictions on entry will continue until 22 November. The aim is that the new health security measures will be in place by then.

The decision applies the limit value of a maximum of 25 new cases of the disease per 100,000 persons in the previous 14 days. Differences in the epidemiological situation in Finland and other European countries, as well as the new acceleration in the spread of infections, require internal border controls to remain in place until the new health security measures are made available to the extent necessary.

New guidelines and Lapland tourism

According to the Yle News (in Finnish), the new guidelines and law about the tourism are still under process. The Government working body is about to final the new guidelines by next week. The new guidelines are expected to come in force from December. Lapland tourism authority and entrepreneurs urged the government to immediately decide about the tourism travel restrictions and the guidelines. 

No changes to restrictions on internal border traffic

Internal border traffic refers to traffic between Finland and other Schengen countries. Internal border control has been reinstated for traffic between Finland and all Schengen countries.

Restrictions on internal border traffic are in force for traffic between Finland and Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, apart from certain exceptions. 

Day-to-day travel will still be permitted for local border communities at Finland’s land border with Sweden and Norway. People will be able to come to work in Finland from Sweden and Estonia without a 10-day self-isolation period. Leisure boating from the EU and Schengen countries to Finland will not be restricted either. 

At the internal borders, restrictions on entry allow only return traffic to Finland, transit traffic, work-related travel and travel for other essential reasons, apart from the above-mentioned exceptions. 

Changes to restrictions on external border traffic

External border traffic refers to traffic between Finland and non-Schengen countries. Starting from 9 November, external border traffic will be permitted only for traffic arriving in Finland from the Vatican, and for traffic between Finland and Australia, Japan, Rwanda, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand and Uruguay for residents of these countries.

Restrictions on entry will also be lifted for residents of the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions who are travelling from these regions to Finland, provided that reciprocity is confirmed by the Council of the European Union. 

In addition, people may come to Finland from the following European countries for work or another essential reason: Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Monaco, Romania, San Marino and the United Kingdom.

For all other non-Schengen countries, restrictions on entry allow only return traffic to Finland and other EU and Schengen countries, transit traffic at Helsinki Airport and other essential traffic. 

Quarantine and Double Corona Test

A 10-day period of self-isolation is recommended for travellers arriving in Finland from a higher incidence country. Travellers can shorten their self-isolation period at their discretion if they take two voluntary COVID-19 tests and the results are negative. If a traveller is staying in Finland for less than 72 hours, they do not need to self-isolate or take a second test.

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