The Finnish authorities decided to lift the travel ban from six other third countries on the recommendation of the Council of the European Union after the situation related to the coronavirus in these countries was deemed safe.
According to a press release from the Finnish Ministry of Interior, issued today on July 8, residents of Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Kosovo, Moldova and Serbia will be allowed to enter Finland from Monday 12 June.
“Based on the epidemiological assessment, entry restrictions will be lifted on 12.7. Residents of Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Kosovo, Moldova and Serbia in traffic coming to Finland from those countries,” the press release notes.
It also states that entry restrictions for residents of the following third countries have already been removed:
Albania Australia South Korea Hong Kong Israel Japan Macau North Macedonia Singapore Taiwan New Zealand
However, the country has reinstated a ban on travel from Lebanon.
The ministry notes that “the restrictions on entry will be returned to Lebanese residents in traffic from Lebanon to Finland.”
On the other hand, the entry ban on arrivals from the rest of the third countries was extended until August 22, in an attempt by the Government of Finland to prevent the spread of virus variants in the country.
The government has also expanded border controls with several EU/Schengen area countries, which were expected to expire on July 12, to July 26.
After internal border controls between Finland, Lithuania, Slovenia and Switzerland. Those countries along with the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, France, Sweden, Denmark and Estonia are due to be canceled on July 26.
On the same day, entry restrictions will be completely removed for those coming from Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Cyprus, Monaco, Romania, San Marino and the Vatican.
TheSchengen.com reported today that vaccinated travelers from EU countries and the Schengen area will be eligible to enter Finland from July 12 without restrictions. Those with evidence that they have recovered from the virus, as well as travelers aged 15 or younger, can enter as well.
However, the Ministry of the Interior notes that non-Finnish citizens residing in another EU or Schengen country are still unable to travel to Finland, except for transiting into their country of residence by air. However, it claims that it will definitely allow entry in the future.
According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, 75 percent of the Finnish population has been vaccinated with at least the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines, while 26 percent of all Finnish adults have been fully vaccinated.
Data published by the World Health Organization shows that Finland has reported 258 cases in the past 24 hours, while the total number of cases detected in the country since the beginning of the epidemic is 97,049.