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Finland Abolishes All COVID-19 Travel Restrictions for Third Country Citizens

Third-country nationals planning to enter Finland will not be required to provide valid evidence showing that they have fully completed the coronavirus vaccination process, or a negative COVID-19 test result, or undergo a testing process upon arrival in the northern European country after the government announced it would scrap this requirement. In the end.

The decision, which will facilitate the travel process for travelers outside the European Union and the Schengen area, was confirmed by a statement published by the Finnish government, confirming that the new changes will take effect on June 30, TheSchengen.com reports.

The new rules were introduced after the health authorities in Finland confirmed that the epidemiological situation in the country allows for such a decision while stressing that there is no longer any health basis for imposing restrictions at the country’s external borders.

The authorities in Finland believe that the removal of these restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the Corona virus and its new variants will lead to an increase in the number of arrivals from countries outside the European Union and the Schengen area.

“It is expected that the removal of restrictions will lead to an increase in traffic from third countries. For example, traffic at the eastern border may increase. The volume of traffic is affected, among other things, by the desire of Russians to travel and the number of valid visas. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues visas Entry to Finland,” stated the statement published by the Finnish government.

In January this year, the Finnish government announced that it had lifted internal border controls introduced due to COVID-19 for all arrivals from EU member states.

The decision was confirmed by a statement published by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and entered into force on January 31. The same ministry stressed at the time that the country’s external border controls imposed on arrivals from third countries would continue to operate.

According to figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 1125,342 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Finland since the beginning of the outbreak, while a total of 4,771 people have lost their lives due to the virus.

Figures provided by the World Health Organization indicate that as of June 5, there were 11,833,690 vaccine doses given in Finland.

However, despite these figures, the authorities in Finland have estimated that the epidemiological situation allows the easing of restrictions in order to further facilitate the travel process and help the country recover from the damage caused by the virus.

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