HELSINKI – Travel restrictions eased

After prolonged two day negotiations, the Finnish government finalised a modified coronavirus strategy late on Thursday evening (10 September), under which internal border traffic restrictions will be less rigid.

Starting from 19 September, travelling to Finland without having to undergo a two-week quarantine will still apply to travellers from countries with up to 25 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to the current eight cases.

In order to enter Finland from countries with more cases, travellers have to present a negative coronavirus test result. The aim is to move from strict border restrictions towards a more test-based system and increase testing capacity.

The government’s decision of Thursday evening was a huge relief for holiday operators, especially in Lapland, where preparations are underway for the Christmas season.

Gates are now open for tourists and other travellers from neighbouring Sweden, Norway and Estonia, as well as from Germany, Poland and Latvia.

(Pekka Vänttinen |

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