Thursday 10/28/21
CORONAVIRUS

Passengers from Italy and Lithuania subject to self-isolation

Travelers from both countries are instructed at the arrival gates about 14 days of self-isolation and to avoid using public transportation.

A view of the Helsinki-Vantaa airport in mid-July 2020. Photo: Foreigner.fi.
A view of the Helsinki-Vantaa airport. Photo: Foreigner.fi.

Passengers arriving in Finland from Italy and Lithuania are not currently subject to border control. However, both countries are currently placed in the 'orange' category in the so-called traffic light model made by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL, in its Finnish acronym) for risk assessment in foreign travel.

For that reason, from Friday 28 August, people arriving at Finnish airports from Italy and Lithuania receive instructions at the arrival gates concerning 14 days of self-isolation and avoiding the use of public transport, the main Finnish operator (Finavia) said in a press release.

At its meeting on 19 August, the government of Finland decided to restore border controls with 10 other countries, where the incidence of the virus is greater than 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the previous 14 days. At the time of the review (15 August), Italy, Lithuania, Slovakia and Estonia exceeded this limit. However, as it was below 10, internal border control would not be reintroduced, the government then said.

Passengers arriving from countries subject to travel restrictions will continue to be given the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare’s quarantine instructions and general instructions by the Finnish Border Guard at the passport control. The instructions are also available at the airports from Finavia’s general information desks.

Symptom assessment form

Passengers arriving from countries in the green category are provided with the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare’s general instructions and a symptom assessment form. Finavia handles the distribution of these documents in the arrivals halls.

Passengers who report symptoms are to be directed to the City of Vantaa health information point in accordance with the process introduced at the beginning of August.

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