Wednesday 10/20/21
CORONAVIRUS

Finnish authorities recommend full vaccination before traveling abroad

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has updated its travel and the coronavirus pandemic web page
13 September 2021, Australia, Melbourne: 12 year-old Harry Goodison receives a dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital in Melbourne. A series of pop-up vaccination hubs will be set up in schools and COVID-hit areas, while an extra 400,000 Pfizer and Moderna doses are also heading to the state of Victoria as part of a three-week blitz. Photo: Daniel Pockett/AAP/dpa
A 12 year-old receives a dose of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital in Melbourne. Photo: Daniel Pockett/dpa.

As in most European countries, the virulence of the coronavirus pandemic is also decreasing in Finland. The number of infections and the incidence of the disease have been declining in recent months, mainly thanks to the vaccination campaign.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has updated its travel recommendations and the official coronavirus pandemic web page.

"Rapid changes in the Covid-19 epidemic situation are still possible. For this reason, THL recommends that all who travel abroad should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before travelling," the health agency said in a statement.

THL emphasized that "all coronavirus vaccines in use in Finland give good protection against coronavirus disease, and excellent protection against its serious forms, while significantly reducing the number of infections and transmissions."

The recommendation to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus applies to all travellers who have the possibility to get a coronavirus vaccine in Finland.

EU digital certificate

THL's website also has updated information on the EU coronavirus digital certificate and the countries outside the EU where it is currently available.

These countries currently include Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, among others.

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