The Finnish Ministry of the Interior has announced that the Finnish authorities have decided to extend the existing internal border controls with several Schengen area countries for another two weeks. T
According to a press release from the same ministry, the Finnish government decided to continue monitoring the internal borders, which were due to end on July 12, until July 25. This step has been taken in order to ensure that the municipalities and joint municipal authorities have the necessary time to prepare to implement health security measures under the Communicable Diseases Act.
After this short transition period, internal border controls and entry restrictions at internal borders will be lifted. Internal border traffic refers to the traffic between Finland and other Schengen countries. The ministry clarifies that changes will be made to the control of the external borders as well.
Countries affected by the prolongation of internal border controls are Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.
On the other hand, the current border controls with Lithuania, Slovenia and Switzerland will be terminated on Monday, July 12.
The Ministry notes that Finnish citizens and residents always have the right to leave and return to the country.
According to the rest of the EU and Schengen citizens residing anywhere in the EU and the Schengen area, they will be allowed entry if they:
They were fully vaccinated, the last vaccine was given at least two weeks before infection with COVID-19 and have recovered within the past six months
“This means that under these circumstances, leisure travel to Finland will also be permitted,” the press release notes.
A day earlier, SchengenVisainfo.com reported that Finland had extended its ban on travel from third countries until August 22. The government claims that the decision was taken in order to prevent the spread of virus variants in the country.
At the same time, on the recommendation of the Council of the European Union, followed by an epidemiological assessment, the authorities lifted entry restrictions for residents of Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Kosovo, Moldova and Serbia.
Entry restrictions have already been lifted for residents of several other third countries, namely Albania, Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macau, North Macedonia, Singapore, Taiwan and New Zealand.
According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, 75.4 percent of the Finnish population has been vaccinated with at least the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines, while 27.3 percent of all Finnish adults have been fully vaccinated.
Data published by the World Health Organization shows that Finland has reported 300 cases in the past 24 hours, while the total number of cases detected in the country since the beginning of the epidemic is 97,349.