From September 6, people from Australia, Brunei and Ukraine will not be allowed into Finland if they have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the vaccines approved for use, Finnish authorities have announced.
The decision was made yesterday, August 2, after the government agreed to change entry restrictions for all arrivals from a non-EU/EEA country, and it will remain in place until September 19, TheSchengen.com reports.
“Restrictions imposed on residents of Australia, Brunei and Ukraine on traffic to Finland from those countries will be reinstated,” the Home Office statement said.
According to the ministry, unvaccinated people coming from one of the three countries mentioned above will be subject to entry restrictions because these areas are recording increasing infection rates with the Corona virus.
Based on World Health Organization (WHO) figures, in the past 24 hours, Australia reported 1,262 new cases, Brunei recorded 146 new cases, and Ukraine reported 2,477 new cases.
Thus, following the decision, travelers from one of the three countries that have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 are eligible to enter Finland only if they meet one of the conditions listed below:
They are returning to Finland They are returning to another EU/Schengen country Passing through Finland and entering Finland for basic reasons
Regarding vaccinated people coming from Australia, Brunei and Ukraine, the ministry confirmed that they can enter the country as long as they prove that they have been immunized against the virus with one of the following vaccines:
AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty) Moderna (Spikevax) Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) AstraZeneca (Covishield, Serum Institute of India) Sinopharm BIBP Sinovac (CoronaVac)
Besides imposing entry restrictions on the aforementioned countries, Finland made a similar decision earlier in August, when the country’s authorities decided to impose an entry ban on unvaccinated travelers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Canada.
In addition, through the same press release, it was announced that entry restrictions would be lifted for all people entering the country from Saudi Arabia and Singapore.
“Entry restrictions will be lifted for residents of Saudi Arabia and Singapore in traffic to Finland,” the ministry added.
As of September 3, Finland has identified 128,544 cases of COVID-19, of which only 683 have been reported in the past 24 hours. In addition, the country has recorded 1,030 deaths related to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
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