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Finland lifts all Covid border restrictions | New

Passengers arriving from outside the Schengen area or the EU are no longer required to present a vaccination certificate or a negative coronavirus test result.

The lifting of restrictions could lead to an increase in passenger traffic entering Finland from Russia. Image: Annu Passoja / Yle

All Covid-related restrictions at Finland’s external borders will end on June 30, the Interior Ministry said in a press release.

This means that from the beginning of July, all passengers arriving in the country from outside the Schengen and EU zones will no longer be required to present a vaccination certificate or a negative coronavirus test result.

In addition, Covid tests will no longer be carried out at border crossing points.

The decision comes after Finnish health authorities said there were no longer any health reasons to keep the restrictions in place, the ministry added.

Finnish border regulations for passengers arriving from Schengen countries as well as non-Schengen EU member states were lifted at the end of January.

The complete removal of the measures from July is expected to lead to increased traffic from non-Schengen and non-EU regions, including across the border between Finland and Russia.

The Interior Ministry noted that traffic volumes across the eastern border will still be affected by Russians’ desire to travel to Finland as well as the number of valid visas.