Coronavirus vaccine certificate will not be enough to allow entry during the transitional period July 12—25.

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The government has decided to continue internal border control until July 25 to ensure the introduction of health security measures at borders.

“The extension period,” the government noted on Thursday, “will give border control authorities, the municipalities and joint municipal authorities time to prepare for the implementation of health security measures under the Communicable Diseases Act.”

Internal border control will end after that.

The purpose of the decision is to ensure a smooth transition from the travel restrictions applied in spring 2021 to health security measures at border crossing points and to prevent cross-border Covid-19 infections during the transitional period.

In practice, the continuation of internal border control means that between July 12 and 25 the border control authorities will first assess whether a person is entitled to travel to Finland.

Internal border control will be restored for traffic between Finland and Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.

However, leisure boating from these countries is still allowed.

Internal border controls will be lifted from travel between Finland and Lithuania, Finland and Slovenia and Finland and Switzerland.

The accepted criteria for entry at the border crossing points that are open to passenger traffic from countries still covered by internal border control are the return of persons living in Finland or another EU or Schengen country, work-related travel and other essential reasons.

In addition, entry into Finland from 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 the coronavirus less than six months before entry. This means that, under these conditions, recreational travel to Finland will also be permitted.

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However, travelers to Finland should remember that, for countries that continue to be subject to internal border control and entry restrictions, such a certificate will not be enough to allow entry during the transitional period July 12—25.

The health authorities recommend that in both of the above cases the person should also take a test within 3 to 5 days from the entry to the country. The person should avoid contacts and stay at home or other accommodation until the negative test result has been confirmed.

Validity of the decision on external border traffic extended

The decision on external border traffic will be extended until August 22, 2021 to prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus varieties. External border traffic refers to traffic between Finland and non-Schengen third countries.

The restrictions on entry will be lifted as of July 12 from the residents of Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Kosovo, Moldova and Serbia in traffic arriving in Finland from those countries.

Restrictions on entry have already been lifted earlier for traffic arriving in Finland from Bulgaria, Romania, San Marino and the Vatican, and for traffic between Finland and Albania, Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macao, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan for residents of these countries.

Entry from these low-risk countries is not restricted due to the low incidence of Covid-19. Restrictions on entry will be reinstated for residents of Lebanon arriving in Finland from Lebanon.

As of July 26, 2021, the restrictions on entry will be lifted in all traffic arriving in Finland from Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Monaco, Romania, San Marino and the Vatican because, in line with the EU recommendations, these countries are comparable to Schengen countries.

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At the border crossing points that are open to passenger traffic, the accepted criteria for entry are the return of persons 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.

The entry into Finland by residents of EU or Schengen countries will 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 before entry.

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