[Travel News] Finland Maintains Covid Requirements For Third Country Travellers

The Finnish Ministry of the Interior has announced the country will be continuing the COVID-19 restrictions on third country travellers to the end of this month, on June 30.

The call was made during a government meeting on June 2. Effectively, it means that proof of vaccination against the Coronavirus, proof of recovery, or negative test results will continue to be mandatory for travellers from third countries to enter Finland.

In a press release, the Ministry emphasised: “Those arriving from outside the EU and the Schengen area are required to have a valid certificate for a full series of vaccinations or for coronary heart disease less than six months ago, subject to certain exceptions. The requirement applies to those born in 2006 or earlier.”

Due to the decision to prolong the restrictions, travellers from outside of the Schengen countries will still have to present a vaccination against COVID-19, recovery from the virus proof in the last six months, or negative test results taken within 3 days prior to arriving in Finland.

“If the passenger does not have any of the above certificates, he or she may be directed to a corona test at the point of entry. Health inspections are carried out by health authorities on a risk-based basis,” said the Ministry.

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There are exemptions, however. Finnish citizens coming to Finland from third countries, internationals with a Finnish residence permit, and travellers who must enter Finland because of essential family reasons, and other reasons.

Simultaneously, travellers from the list of third countries below are allowed to enter Finland without any restrictions:

  • Bahrain
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Indonesia
  • Kuwait
  • New Zealand
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay
  • China, Hong Kong and Macao, subject to confirmation of reciprocity

Regarding travellers from Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, and Romania, the Ministry says: “Entry from non-Schengen EU countries is also allowed without restrictions.” 

Previously, Finland’s restrictions were slated to end on June 6, after a decision to prolong them for another month in May.

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