Finnish authorities have announced that the current restrictions imposed by Finland on its external borders will be extended for another three weeks.
According to a press release from the Home Office, restrictions imposed due to the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic on November 4 will be extended until December 19 but will not affect arrivals in the Schengen area or those who present a full certificate of vaccination, TheSchengen.com reports.
In addition, restrictions on cross-border traffic, which include traffic between Finland and third countries, will now apply to arrivals from Singapore and Ukraine but will be lifted for those from Indonesia.
In accordance with the decision made by the European Union, residents of countries and regions included in the EU Green List are allowed to enter Finland. The press release noted that the Green List countries are in good enough satisfactory condition and the Council of the European Union decided to allow free travel within the European Union.
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Finland’s safe list of present-day low-risk countries includes Bhutan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, China, Kuwait, Macau, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, New Zealand or Vatican City, as well as the Norwegian municipality of Sur. Varanger, Karasjok, Storfjord, Nordreisa or Tana.
According to travelers to Finland from the remaining countries (excluding the Schengen area) aged 16 or over, they will have to participate in health security measures when entering the country.
Moreover, the Finnish authorities apply the two-choice method for unvaccinated arrivals, as follows:
Those who submit a negative COVID-19 test result, at least 72 hours before their arrival, will be required to take another test in Finland during the first three to five days of their stay. The same rules apply to people who received a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before travel. For travelers who cannot provide any of the certificates, they will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon entering Finland and get a second test within three to five days after they arrive in the country.
Currently, EU member states are dealing with an increasing rate of positive cases of COVID-19, as a result of which Austria has ordered a national lockdown and Slovakia has returned to a 90-day state of emergency. In addition, the Netherlands has reintroduced the social distance requirement. Other countries, including Germany, France, the Czech Republic and Hungary, where the infection rate is increasing rapidly, are expected to announce stricter rules in the coming days.
Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 3,922,289 positive cases of the virus and 52,043 deaths from the disease have been recorded in the European Union member states in the past seven days.
In addition, during the past seven days, 6,330 positive cases with COVID-19 were reported in Finland, bringing the total number of positive cases to 180,878. Moreover, the death toll in the country reached 1,302 records, with one death reported during the past 24 hours.