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Finland to lift entry restrictions on 30 June

Published : 22 Jun 2022, 01:31

Updated : 22 Jun 2022, 15:53

  DF Report

Photo: Finnish Border Guard.

The government decided to end restrictions on entry at Finland’s external borders ( For non-EU and non-Schengen countries) on 30 June, said Ministry of the Interior in a press release.

The restrictions were imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This means that third-country travellers arriving in Finland will no longer be required to hold vaccination or COVID-19 test certificates, and COVID-19 tests will not be carried out at border crossing points.

Health authorities have judged that no health grounds remain for restrictions at external borders.

Border checks will return to pre-pandemic procedures. Travellers arriving from non-EU and non-Schengen countries must still have normal travel documents, i.e. a passport and, if necessary, a visa.

The lifting of restrictions is expected to increase traffic from third countries. Traffic may increase at the eastern border, for example.

Traffic volumes will depend, among other things, on the desire of Russians to travel and on the number of visas in force. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs issues visas to visit Finland.

Restrictions on border traffic that may be imposed by Russia after 30 June are not currently known. The Russian authorities will provide detailed information on such restrictions.

The Finnish Border Guard will continue to monitor events related to border security together with national and international partners.

Visa procedures and border checks help ensure safety and security.

The Finnish authorities have a good general understanding of the people entering the country and the purpose of their entry.

Earlier, Internal border control already ended at the beginning of the year.