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Finland to relax travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers starting 12th July

Finland has announced that it will relax travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers from certain countries starting tomorrow (12th July 2021).

Restrictions ease

Starting 12th July 2021, fully vaccinated travellers from the European Union countries in the 26-member Schengen zone will be allowed to visit Finland for nonessential purposes without needing to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test.

According to VisitFinland.com, travellers who have received one dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine will still need to present a negative COVID-19 test conducted within 72 to 120 hours of their arrival in Finland.

Finland is also allowing leisure travel from countries it deems low-risk – under 25 infections per 100,000 people, until 25th July 2021. Based on the latest data from Reuters’ COVID-19 tracker, the United States is outside that boundary, with 40 infections per 100,000 people at the time of publishing. That list includes Australia, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, China, New Zealand, and Poland – all countries where the incidence of COVID-19 is below 25 per 100,000 people. The countries in the list are:

  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Malta
  • Iceland
  • the Vatican
  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • North Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • Moldova
  • Azerbaijan
  • Lebanon
  • Israel
  • Brunei
  • Australia
  • South Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Macao
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • New Zealand

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Travelers who previously had and have recovered from COVID-19 within six months of their departure, or were born after 2005, are also cleared to visit Finland, according to VisitFinland.com.

Additionally, starting next week, passengers won’t need to show COVID certificates to board Finnair flights to Finland. The airline said it will take extra precautions to ensure travelers meet the country’s entry requirements.

Finnish officials created the Finentry tool to help people figure out whether they’re allowed to visit Finland, as well as to provide information about testing or other requirements that may apply.

Are you excited to travel to Finland if you eligible to enter the Scandinavian country? Let me know in the comments section below.

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