Restrictions From Monday, you can enter Finland freely from all countries if you present a certificate of the full vaccine series – the Russian Sputnik vaccine is not valid at the border

Strict internal border controls in the Schengen area will also end on Monday. In external border traffic, travel restrictions continue.

21.7. 19:39

Next From the Monday of the week, you can enter Finland freely from all countries, ie without a compulsory corona test, if you present a certificate for a complete vaccine series approved by Finland. At the moment Seven vaccine products have been approved in Finland.

The Sputnik vaccine in Russia has not been approved by the Finnish health authorities, so people who have received this vaccine series will not be able to enter Finland with a vaccination certificate, at least for the time being.

The certificate must be presented upon arrival in Finland and at least 14 days must have elapsed since the last dose of vaccine.

Minors are allowed to enter the country with their parents without a vaccination certificate.

Also strict internal border controls for internal border traffic will end on Monday.

Surveillance of internal border traffic was continued for two weeks earlier to give municipalities and hospital districts time to prepare for health checks at borders under the new Communicable Diseases Act.

Read more: HS data: Travel will not be released for another two weeks

Internal border traffic means traffic that crosses the border between Finland and another state belonging to the Schengen area. The lifting of entry restrictions also applies to non-Schengen European Union Member States.

Citizens and residents of the EU and Schengen countries will be able to enter Finland freely in the future if they have a full set of coronary vaccines, a certificate of coronary heart disease less than six months ago or if they come from a country with a coronavirus incidence of less than 10.

With the end of internal border control, the categorical opening restrictions of border crossing points will also be removed.

However, in external border traffic, travel restrictions continue. Thus, for example, traveling from Russia to Finland still requires a separately defined necessary reason if the traveler does not have a vaccine series approved by Finland.

Monday therefore, passengers arriving from high-risk countries who do not have the necessary evidence of vaccination, illness or a negative test result will continue to be directed to the corona tests at the border.

The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) currently defines countries at risk as having more than 10 cases of corona cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.

A passenger must take two corona tests after arriving in Finland if he or she does not have any vaccines or a certificate of negative corona test upon arrival in the country. The first test must be performed immediately upon arrival in the country and the second 72 to 120 hours after the first test.

If a passenger has received one coronary vaccine at least two weeks before the trip or has a recent negative test certificate, he or she only needs to take one coronary test within 72-120 hours of arrival.

HS asked the media at a press conference on Wednesday whether the authorities are prepared for the option of having to reintroduce internal border controls due to the deteriorating epidemic situation.

“That, too, is a potential option that has been considered by the Border Guard. If necessary, we will have a rapid readiness to move to the implementation of internal border control, if such is deemed necessary on the basis of the decisions of the authorities and political actors, ”says the border security expert. Tomi Kivenjuuri From the Border Guard.

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