Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Finland maintaining COVID-19 international travel restrictions as of Sept. 21; travel and business disruptions remain.

Alert Begins 21 Sep 2020 01:06 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

Authorities in Finland are maintaining 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.

Arrivals 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 require a negative COVID-19 test taken less than 72 hours prior to arrival. These travelers will be placed in quarantine or have the option to end their quarantine by testing negative on a second COVID-19 test taken no sooner than 72 hours after entry. These restrictions will remain in place until at least Oct. 18; leisure travel, with the exception of leisure boating, from these countries is not allowed. Travel is prohibited from all other countries with the exception of returning residents, individuals traveling for essential purposes, or persons arriving for work-related or family reasons.

Travelers arriving from countries with 26 or more coronavirus disease infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past two weeks must self-isolate for 14 days upon entry. Anyone staying in the country for less than three days will not be required to quarantine or take a second test. Group tourist tours from both EU and Schengen countries and those countries on the EU's Green List will be allowed entry, as long as the tour lasts up to 72 hours. Authorities are reviewing the 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.

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. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. 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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