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Finland Relaxes Restrictions on External Border Starting From March 14

From March 14, passengers on cruise ships from outside the European Union or the Schengen area are allowed to enter Finland, authorities announced.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Interior, such arrivals can enter the country if they present an approved vaccination or recovery certificate. The requirement related to COVID-19 applies to all people over the age of 16 but excludes Finnish citizens or foreign nationals residing in the country, reports.

“In practice, cruise passengers will henceforth be subject to the same entry requirements as those arriving from other third countries. Currently, these passengers are not allowed to land at all. Cruise passengers from EU and Schengen countries are already allowed to land without restrictions.” .

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Moreover, the same order indicated that restrictions on entering external borders would be extended until April 10, which means that arrivals from third countries will remain subject to additional requirements.

The Infectious Diseases Act states that every traveler who arrives in Finland must have one of the following certificates:

Vaccination certificate, with the final dose of the approved vaccine received at least seven days prior to arrival, a certificate of refund valid for six months after the first positive result for COVID-19, and a negative test certificate made less than 72 hours prior to arrival

Arriving passengers who do not have any of these certificates will be assigned a post-arrival test at the point of entry. The requirements, with some exceptions, apply to all persons born in or before 2006.

Vaccines approved for entry into Finland, as explained by the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL) are:

Comirnaty Pfizer-BioNTech from BioNTech Spikevax, formerly Moderna from Moderna Biotech Vaxzevria, formerly AstraZeneca by AstraZeneca Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) by Janssen BIBP / Sinopharm by Beijing COVISHIELD by Serum Institute of India CoronaVax by Serium Institute of India Novaxovac

The Scandinavian country has also relaxed many of its local coronavirus-related rules, including opening hours and serving alcoholic beverages. However, the requirement to wear a mask in all indoor public places remains in effect until further notice.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Finland has reported 71,303 positive cases with COVID-19 and 2,573 deaths, with two cases recorded in the past seven days. Additionally, the country reported 20,391 positive cases in the past week.

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