Finnish authorities have announced that Finland will open its borders to welcome fully vaccinated travelers who can present a valid and authorized COVID-19 vaccine passport upon arrival, starting from July 26.
According to a press release, Finland will also extend the operating hours of land border checkpoints with Norway to 24 hours, starting today, July 19, TheSchengen.com reports.
Based on the epidemiological assessment, it is expected that control of the internal borders of Malta and Slovenia will be reintroduced from Monday, while traffic through the external borders with Canada and Israel will be increased.
Vaccines recognized by the Finnish Ministry of Health and Welfare (THL) as shown in the following list are:
1. Comirnaty Pfizer-BioNTech from BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH
2. Spikexav, formerly known as Moderna by Moderna Biotech Spain, SL
3. Vaxzevria, formerly AstraZeneca by AstraZeneca Ab
4. Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) by Janssen-Cilag International NV
5. BIBP / Sinopharm by Beijing Institute of Biological Products
6. COVISHIELD from India Serum Institute
7. CoronaVac by Sinovac Life Sciences
However, travelers to Finland should keep in mind that the COVID-19 vaccination certificate obtained less than six months ago is still recognized for road transport only for citizens of the European Union, the Schengen area and those living in the EU or Schengen country.
As previously reported by TheSchengen.com, the Finnish government has postponed internal border controls for an additional two weeks, moving the expiration date from July 12 to July 25, in a bid to give municipalities time to prepare for the implementation of new health security measures.
The country also decided to keep its ban on travel from third countries until August 22 as a preventive measure against the spread of the Delta type of Corona virus.
But, on the other hand, the state has abolished the entry requirements for the following third countries:
● South Korea
● Hong Kong
● North Macedonia
● New Zealand
WHO data reveals that no deaths or positive cases of coronavirus infection have been reported in Finland in the last 24 hours.
On January 29, 2020, the country recorded its first positive case of COVID-19, and since then, 99,212 people have been reported in the country, and 978 people have died due to the repercussions of the coronavirus.
As of July 19, 3.5 million Finnish citizens have received their first COVID vaccine, which is 64.4 percent of the population. On the other hand, during the Finnish vaccination campaign, 1.5 million people were fully vaccinated, which is 27.8 percent of the fully vaccinated population.