Coronavirus Restrictions on passenger flights from Britain, Ireland and South Africa will end on Monday

THL requires passengers arriving from Britain, Ireland and South Africa to be quarantined for 14 days. Quarantine can be released by showing two negative corona tests.

To Finland restrictions on incoming passenger flights from Britain, Ireland and South Africa will end next Monday, January 25, according to the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

The reason for terminating the restrictions is that the precondition for a flight ban is no longer met.

According to THL’s assessment, passengers arriving from these countries are still a “significant risk factor” for the spread of coronavirus variants to Finland. According to THL, the coronavirus epidemic situation in Finland is still serious and effective control measures are still needed.

“The suspension of passenger traffic is not a restrictive measure, but an emergency measure that was introduced to prepare for the fight against virus modification at airports. It has now been assessed that the measures are sufficient and that passengers from the countries in question can be directed to tests and quarantine, ”says THL’s director. Mika Salminen in the bulletin.

“At the same time, it must be emphasized that it is also important to introduce new control measures, on which THL has issued recommendations to airlines,” he continues.

THL requires passengers arriving from Britain, Ireland and South Africa to be quarantined for 14 days. You can be released from quarantine by showing two negative corona tests, the first of which has been performed no more than three days before the trip and the latter three days after arrival in Finland.

As of Monday, January 25, Finnair will resume flights from Great Britain and Ireland to Finland, says STT. From 28 January, Finnair will require all passengers on flights to Finland to have a negative corona test certificate or a certificate of a coronary infection. This does not apply to passengers traveling from Helsinki on an international connecting flight. The requirement for a certificate is valid until further notice.

On Friday at a government briefing in the evening, Minister of Family and Basic Services Krista Kiuru (sd) and the Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo (green). reported on border decisions aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus variants in Finland.

Restrictions on entry will be tightened from Wednesday next week.

At the event, THL’s chief physician Taneli Puumalainen emphasized that new decisions to tighten border traffic would clearly reduce passenger numbers at airports as well.

According to THL, airports now have sufficient resources to combat virus modification. The authorities’ health security measures have been significantly increased at Finnish airports after the virus variant has been detected in Finland.

At the press conference, Kiuru emphasized that the decision on restrictions on passenger flights to Finland from Great Britain, Ireland and South Africa was made in a situation where not all those arriving at the border had yet been referred directly to a health check, ie a corona test.

Now, he said, the system at the airport is seamless.

Still THL “strongly recommends” that airlines require passengers from outside Finland to have a negative corona test result before boarding.

If the passenger has a medical certificate of illness but less than 6 months have elapsed since the already cured coronavirus disease and illness, a negative coronavirus test certificate is not required.

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