Finland regions

Finland today abolished internal border controls for COVID-19

Finland’s internal border control, rolled out to curb COVID-19 infection rates, has been abolished for all arrivals from EU member states, authorities reveal.

According to the Finnish Foreign Ministry, while the decision to open the internal borders came into force on January 31, the external borders, which were imposed for arrivals from all third countries, will remain in effect until February 14. , reports

“However, all passengers are required to present the certificates required by the Communicable Diseases Act and to comply with the decisions made by regional state administrative agencies regarding mandatory health examinations,” explains the press release.

The Finnish government imposed the internal border for extraordinary reasons – the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent the virus infection rates from increasing. Meanwhile, passengers from EU member states were required to present the EU COVID-19 digital certificate, which confirmed that the holder had received a full vaccination course, had previously been infected with the virus or had tested negative for the disease in the past 72 years. at 48 hours. Also, depending on the country of origin or the categorization system, travelers from specific countries were required to self-quarantine upon arrival.

However, the external border, which will remain in force until mid-February, prohibits passengers from entering the country without presenting one of the following documents:

  • Vaccination certificate proving that a complete series of vaccinations (single-dose or two-dose vaccine) or the first two-dose one-dose vaccine was given to the traveler seven to 270 days before travel
  • Certificate indicating that the holder has recovered from the coronavirus within the last six months

In addition to presenting one of these documents, a passenger at the external border is required to show the result of the COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen), carried out 48 hours before arrival. The external border has been rolled out for all third-country nationals, including Turkey, Russia and the United Kingdom, who are located on the European continent but are not in the EU.

However, the number of positive cases of COVID-19 is on the rise in the country as data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 32,325 positive cases and five deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported in Finland over the past seven days. . Vaccination rates in the country are quite high, as 74.6% of Finns are fully vaccinated, around 4.5% higher than the combined average for all EU/EEA countries. In addition, 42.8% of the population received a booster injection.