Due to the raging pandemic, the government has decided to impose more travel restrictions.

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As a result of the government’s decision on Thursday, Finland will restrict travel from the Schengen area beginning on October 12. These countries include Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Day-to-day travel will still be permitted for local border communities at Finland’s land border with Sweden and Norway. People will be able to come to work in Finland from Sweden and Estonia without a 10-day self-isolation period. Leisure boating from the EU and Schengen countries to Finland will not be restricted either.

External traffic will be allowed (non-Schengen countries) from the Vatican, and for traffic between Finland and Australia, Japan, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, New Zealand and Uruguay for residents of these countries.

In addition, people may come to Finland from the following European countries for work or another essential reason: Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Monaco, Romania, San Marino and the United Kingdom. A 10-day period of self-isolation is recommended for travelers arriving in Finland. Travelers can shorten their self-isolation period at their discretion if they take two voluntary Covid-19 tests.

All existing restrictions on entry will continue until November 10.

The decision applies the limit value of a maximum of 25 new cases of the disease per 100,000 persons in the previous 14 days. Differences in the epidemiological situation in Finland and other European countries, as well as the new acceleration in the spread of infections, require internal border controls to remain in place until the new health security measures are made available to the extent necessary.

There will also be changes to health security measures, beginning October 12.

Next Monday, the recommended 14-day period of self-isolation will be shortened. A 10-day period of self-isolation is recommended for travelers arriving in Finland from a higher incidence country. Travelers can shorten their self-isolation period at their discretion if they take two voluntary Covid-19 tests. If a traveler is staying in Finland for less than 72 hours, they do not need to self-isolate or take a second test.