[Travel News] Finland Drops Covid-19 Border Restrictions Starting Today

Starting today, July 1, Finland officially abolishes all COVID-18 border health measures, according to an announcement made by the Border Guard.

This decision effectively allows any individuals from any country to enter Finland without having to go through any additional safety mandate, namely the need to present legal documentation that they have received all vaccination shots or that they have COVID-19 test results.

This also means that the requirement in which border crossers must take COVID-19 test on site will also be dropped.

These latest amendments will impact travellers not originating from the European Union and Schengen Zone, including the UK, the US, Russia, and Turkey.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that since the beginning of the Coronavirus, Finland has recorded a total of 1,145,610 cases of COVID-19 contractions and 4,875 fatalities. It also points out that, as of June 19, Finland has distributed close to 12 millions vaccine doses throughout the country.

However, authorities have deemed the epidemiological situation to be safe enough to enact dropping health measures, which was originally imposed to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Moreover, the Border Guard agency stated that international travellers are bound to come in rising numbers soon after the restrictions are scrapped, especially at the country’s eastern border.

Thomas Laosmaa, head of the border inspection unit, said that Finland is anticipating an upsurge in the number of non-EU arrivals, specifically those holding a Schengen visa for shopping purposes or transiting to other Schengen countries.

During an interview with Yleisradio Oy (Finnish Broadcasting Company in English - Finland's national public broadcasting company), Mr. Laosmaa stated that it is expected that the number of people entering Finland through its borders would bounce back to half of the pre-pandemic levels in the next few months. A complete recovery to 2019 levels, however, would take a while.

On a different note, Vaalimaa in Virolahti and Nuijamaa in Lappeenranta will also be accessible to travellers anytime of the day.

Lately, Finland’s Ministry of Interior stressed that there would be a sizable increase in the number of third countries entering Finland.

“The lifting of restrictions is expected to increase traffic from third countries. Traffic may increase at the eastern border,” reads a statement from the Ministry.

The Ministry did, however, confirm that the Border Guard will keep vigilance over the border to guarantee safety.

Previously, earlier in June, the Finish Ministry of Interior had decided that the country would prolong all COVID-19 travel measures to third countries travellers until the end of the month - June 30. The call dictated that proof of vaccination against the Coronavirus, proof of recovery, or negative test results will still be mandatory in order for a traveller from a country outside of the EU to enter Finland.

Khoa Pham

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