Finland’s new COVID-19 restricted nations list

Finland changes the rules and the list to prevent COVID-19

Finland lifts entry restrictions

The process of lifting travel restrictions on other countries has been carried out across the world by many countries based on the epidemiological situation persisting in other countries, largely with regards to COVID-19.

Finland too has been taking such steps and has recently changed the way they rate the epidemiological situation. The country has changed the parameters. Now it defines low-risk countries as those with an average of 25 new pandemic cases per day in the past 2 weeks. This was 8 to 10 weeks till now.

Following this scale, the restrictions on the entry of EU and Schengen nationals of countries that satisfy the new criteria will be lifted from September 19, 2020. This means that from that date, nationals of various EU and EEA countries will be exempted from measures such as quarantine on arrival in Finland. Besides EU/EEA countries, other nations that qualify according to the new rules will also be eligible to be permitted to send their nationals as tourists to visit Finland.

Some of the EU/EEA countries from upon which entry restrictions will be lifted are:

  • Poland
  • Iceland
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Liechtenstein
  • Cyprus

Other countries, the nationals from which can arrive on Finland tourist visa without going through quarantine upon arrival include:

  • Japan
  • Canada
  • Australia

On the contrary, those coming from Italy and Hungary will have to go through quarantine upon arrival in Finland. These measures will be effective until October 18, 2020.

Finland has even made plans to prevent a second wave of the pandemic. The country will extend the imposition of country-specific restrictions along its internal borders from September 19 to October 18, 2020.

On November 23, 2020, Finland will introduce its new testing-based approach. Until then, the internal border controls will stay intact as planned right now.

As of now, the following countries will face internal border restrictions until October 18, 2020:

  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • the Netherlands
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Switzerland
  • Austria
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • the Czech Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Italy
  • Malta
  • Luxembourg

These countries are considered above the low-risk mark as per the new rule.

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