Starting next week, vaccinated travelers from many countries can cross the border into Finland.

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Next Monday (Jun. 21), the government will allow entry into Finland from the EU and Schengen countries for those who have received an approved Covid-19 vaccination series and those who have recovered from Covid-19 less than six months ago before entry.

Entry into the country will also be allowed for those traveling from the EU and Schengen countries because of their work.

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In its meeting on Thursday, the government also decided to continue internal border controls and restrictions on external border traffic until July 11, 2021.

If necessary, the Border Guard will support the health authorities at border crossing points in checking the certificates related to vaccinations and travel for work.

Internal border traffic

Internal border traffic refers to traffic between Finland and other Schengen countries. Based on an assessment of the pandemic, internal border controls will be lifted from travel between Finland and Poland and between Finland and Hungary. Finland now restricts entry from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, except for leisure boating.

The decision made on June 3 will be amended so that, starting on June 21, entry into Finland based on employment will be allowed in all modes of transport from the EU or Schengen countries.

In addition, entry into Finland from the EU or Schengen countries will also be permitted if the person has a certificate of a completed Covid-19 vaccination series received before arriving in Finland or a certificate stating that they have recovered from Covid-19 less than six months ago. This means that, under these conditions, recreational travel to Finland will also be permitted.

According to the government:

This refers to the following situations: 1) you have received a full vaccination series (one dose or two doses depending on the vaccine) and at least two weeks have passed since the last dose of vaccine, 2) you have had Covid-19 and received at least one vaccine dose, and at least one week has passed since the vaccine dose, or 3) you have had Covid-19 less than six months ago.

External border traffic

External border traffic refers to traffic between Finland and non-Schengen third countries. Based on the assessment, restrictions on the entry will be lifted for traffic arriving in Finland from Monaco, Romania and San Marino.

Restrictions on entry have already been lifted earlier for traffic arriving in Finland from the Vatican, and for traffic between Finland and Australia, South Korea, Israel, Singapore, Rwanda and New Zealand for residents of these countries. Entry from these low-risk countries is not restricted due to the low incidence of Covid-19.

For other countries, the restrictions on the entry will be extended until July 11, 2021. At the border crossing points that are open to passenger traffic, the accepted criteria for entry are the return of people living in Finland or another EU or Schengen country and other essential reasons.

However, non-Finnish citizens living in another EU or Schengen country are not allowed to return to their country of residence through Finland if the transit is related to recreational travel. This does not apply to air traffic.

Cruise vessels are permitted to call at ports but passengers are not allowed to come ashore.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs recommends exercising special caution when traveling to the EU and Schengen area

Under the Constitution of Finland, Finnish citizens and residents of Finland always have the right to return to Finland, and everyone has the right to leave Finland if they so wish, provided that there is no legal impediment to this.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs recommends that special caution be exercised when traveling to the EU and Schengen area.

The ministry also recommends avoiding unnecessary travel to countries outside the EU and Schengen area, except for countries for which the restrictions on entry have been lifted.