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Finland Scraps Pre-Entry Testing Requirement for Third-Country Travellers

Authorities revealed, as of February 15, that third-country nationals are exempted from submitting COVID-19 test results to enter Finland.

According to a press release from the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration, restrictions on entering external borders will be lifted until March 13. However, entrants are required to present a vaccination certificate that is valid for six months from the time of travel, reports.

“The Border Guards do not require the above certificates as a condition of entry from Finnish citizens coming from a third country, from foreigners permanently residing in Finland, or from persons whose entry is based on a necessary reason such as urgent family matters or other compelling personal reasons,” the press release explains. .

In addition, all travelers over 16 years of age with a refund certificate or negative test result, 72-hour check-in or departure, are allowed to enter Finland.

Internal borders are abolished from January 31, which means that EU and Schengen countries are exempt from the additional requirements. Moreover, those coming from green countries are allowed to travel freely to Finland.

Currently, the green list consists of Bahrain, Colombia, Chile, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.

In addition to Finland, several European countries have eased entry restrictions or national rules from February 9.

Finland’s neighbor Sweden has ended its requirements for all travelers from European member states. This means that you must not present a certificate of vaccination, recovery or test upon arrival in Sweden.

In addition, the Norwegian government has also canceled the quarantine requirements for unvaccinated arrivals from January 26.

The Norwegian Ministry of Health stated that “on the recommendation of the National Institute of Public Health, the government has canceled the requirement to enter quarantine as it is no longer necessary for infection control”.

However, non-immunized and non-exempt arrivals are required to undergo a COVID-19 test that is performed 72 hours (PCR test) or 48 hours (rapid antigen test) prior to departure.

Moreover, the number of positive cases infected with COVID-19 is on the rise in the country as data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 30,839 positive cases and six deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported in Finland during the past seven days. The country’s vaccination rates are very high, with 76 percent of Finns fully vaccinated, about 6.7 percent more than the cumulative average for all EU/EEA countries. In addition, 47.7 percent of the population received a booster dose.

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