Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP) before the government’s negotiations on Friday. Photograph: Jussi Toivanen/The Office of the Finnish Government

Borders to Finland will be closed for most passenger traffic, according to a decision by the Finnish government on Friday.

Entry is allowed only for the most necessary reasons. For example, work-related traffic will be limited to jobs that will help to maintain a functioning society. (Details to follow later.)

All passengers who cross the borders will be directed to a coronavirus test.

The government told about their decision in a press conference on Friday evening. The decision is based on an aim to stop the spreading of recent coronavirus mutations.

The new restrictions will be applied on January 27 and will be in effect until February 25.