Travelers from six third countries will not be eligible to enter Finland if they are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, starting next week.
The decision was taken by the Finnish government and announced on August 5, and it will take effect on Monday, August 9, and the affected countries are as follows:
Azerbaijan Japan Moldova Serbia Singapore South Korea
Unvaccinated travelers from these countries will only be eligible to enter Finland if they are returning to the country as legal residents or if they are moving to reach their EU/Schengen destination country, TheSchengen.com reports.
At the same time, Finland will end the ban on entering Ukraine on August 8. Unvaccinated residents of this country will be eligible to enter for non-essential travel purposes.
On the other hand, the restrictions on entry to the external borders decided by the government on July 15 and which came into effect on July 19, will remain unchanged. These restrictions will remain in effect until August 22,” the Finnish Ministry of the Interior noted in a press release announcing the decision.
With regard to travel from third countries, the ministry clarifies that travelers who can prove they have been immunized with one of the vaccines approved by the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL) can enter for any purpose.
They must have received the final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before their arrival in Finland.
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However, the ministry points to the fact that entry without restrictions for people who have recovered from COVID-19 is reserved only for citizens and residents of EU and Schengen countries.
“People arriving in Finland in traffic across the external borders should take into account that a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 is an acceptable justification for entry into the country only for citizens of the European Union, Schengen countries and persons residing in an EU or Schengen country,” it highlights. Ministry.
Finland officially reopened its borders to vaccinated travelers worldwide on July 26, after it postponed plans to reopen on July 12 due to the coronavirus delta variant.
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Data revealed by the World Health Organization shows that Finland reported 752 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of cases recorded since the beginning of the epidemic to 109,982.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control showed that the country was able to administer the first dose of the COVID-29 vaccine to 80.9 percent of its population, while 43.8 percent were fully vaccinated.