Travel restrictions from EU and Schengen countries are lifted for persons who have been vaccinated twice from June 21st – travelling for work is also allowed for others.
17. June 2021
From Monday 21st of June travel restrictions will be lifted when travelling to Finland from EU and Schngen countries, for persons who have received two doses of COVID-19-vaccination or have recovered from the virus infection within 6 months. This means, that recreational travel is allowed. Furthermore, travelling to Finland for work by ferry from EU and Schengen countries will be allowed for others as well. Ferry passengers need to have a certificate of at least a single-dose of COVID-19 vaccine, a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test or a certificate showing that they have recovered from a coronavirus infection.
For the time being, shipping lines require that all passengers travelling to Finland from abroad, have at least a single-dose of COVID-19 vaccine, a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test or a certificate showing that they have had and recovered from a coronavirus infection, as recommended by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare.
No certificate is required from cruise passengers who have not gone ashore in another country, or from children under the age of 16.
While internal border controls are in place, the authorities carry out health checks at the border. Two COVID-19-vaccinations or recovery from the virus infection within 6 months, will exempt passengers from testing. Passengers with a pre-test certificate or who have had one vaccination are exempt from testing at the border, provided that at least two weeks have passed since the last vaccination.
Using the FINENTRY service is recommended to smoothen arriving at ports. By using Finentry, passengers can notify their travelling information and book a COVID-19 test in Finland free of charge.
The government announced changes to the travel restrictions on internal border controls on Thursday 17 June 2021. Previously, travel was restricted only to work travel necessary for security of supply and the functioning of society.
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