Passengers from countries with a coronavirus infection rate of fewer than 25 cases per 100,000 people in the previous 14 days will be able to enter Finland without a voluntary quarantine.

A view over the Swedish capital, Stockholm. Photograph: Edvard Stojakovic/Flickr

Finland will open borders to travel from Sweden, Germany and Norway, for example, beginning on Saturday, September 19.

The new travel policy is partly based on the recent EU recommendation that a coronavirus infection rate of fewer than 25 cases per 100,000 people in the previous 14 days is enough to allow passengers across the borders without requiring a voluntary quarantine.

Currently the limit in Finland is 8 cases per 100,000 people.

Countries that have an infection rate over 25 cases per 100,000 people will require to have a certificate of a negative coronavirus test when crossing the border to Finland.

The government reached a conclusion on the new travel policy on Thursday evening, after two-day negotiations.

On Friday, the government is to give a full report on their decision.