Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Finland easing coronavirus disease-related international entry restrictions as of Sept. 21; other travel and business disruptions remain.

Alert Begins 21 Sep 2020 04:44 PM UTC
Alert Expires 05 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and travel disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Finland have eased coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related international entry restrictions as of Sept. 21. Arrivals from Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden, and the Vatican City, as well as residents of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay, can enter the country without restrictions.

Persons arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK are permitted to enter Finland if they are nationals or residents of EU or Schengen Area nations, diplomats, or traveling for work, study, or essential family business; other exceptions could be made on a case-by-case basis. Authorities recommend that any of these travelers self-isolate for 14 days. Leisure travel, with the exception of leisure boating, from these countries is not allowed. Travel is prohibited from all other countries except for returning residents and persons arriving for critical work-related or essential family reasons; authorities recommend that these arrivals also self-isolate for 14 days. Authorities are reviewing all entry restrictions on a weekly basis.

Domestically, authorities have permitted most nonessential businesses to reopen, including shops, catering establishments, cultural institutions, and educational facilities, though authorities recommend they implement strict social distancing and hygiene requirements.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel plans and business appointments. Carry proper identification and other necessary travel documents to present at security checks. Plan for processing delays if traveling or routing cross-border freight. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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