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Changes to entry restrictions at the external borders of Finland

Starting next week, the Finnish government reinstates the restrictions for three countries, one of them European
31 August 2021, Spain, Malaga: Children play in front of check-in desks at a Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport. The province of Malaga closes the month of August with 76.42% occupancy, according to the Association of Hoteliers of the Costa del Sol (Aehcos). Photo: Lorenzo Carnero/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
Children play in front of check-in desks at a Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport. Photo: Lorenzo Carnero/dpa.

The government of Finland has evaluated the need to apply changes in entry restrictions at the external borders, based on the current epidemiological situation in relation to Covid-19.

According to a statement from the Ministry of the Interior, a few changes will be made to the restrictions on entry at external borders based on current incidence rates.

The Government adopted a decision on the matter on 2 August and the decision will enter into force on 6 August.

The restrictions will continue until 19 September. However, people may still enter Finland from all countries upon presenting an approved certificate of a full vaccine course.

External border traffic refers to traffic between Finland and non-Schengen third countries.

Restrictions on entry will be lifted for residents of Saudi Arabia and Singapore in traffic arriving in Finland from these countries. By contrast, restrictions on entry will be reinstated for residents of Australia, Brunei and Ukraine in traffic arriving in Finland from these countries.

Only essential travel

If a person arriving from a country subject to the restrictions is not fully vaccinated, the accepted reasons for entry are return travel to Finland, return travel to other EU or Schengen countries, transit on regular, scheduled flights at an airport or other essential travel.

By now no other changes will be introduced to the restrictions on entry, says the department headed by Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo.

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