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A passenger arriving in Finland may soon be fined hundreds of euros for refusing to take a coronavirus test.

The new amendment to the Finnish infectious diseases act makes it possible to fine a tourist who enters Finland and opposes a required coronavirus test.

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The law takes effect on July 12 and is valid until October 15.

While it was already possible for the police to fine those, who refused a Covid-19 test, the new amendment will, according to authorities, clarify the situation in judicial terms.

The change in law, according to Konsta Arvelin, an inspector at the National Police Board, created a new criminal offense in Finland:

Violation of the Covid-19 test.