Finland was due to open to vaccinated travelers from all countries on July 12th, but officials put this date back due to uncertainty around new COVID-19 strains. However, the country will officially open to all vaccinated tourists today.
The country has had very low COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, and the nation has closed to the world for the last 17 months. You could only enter Finland for essential purposes, and travelers had to endure a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entry.
However, vaccinated travelers won’t need to quarantine or take any tests upon arrival. That makes it an excellent late-summer vacation for many tourists looking for a quiet break in the beautiful country.
The Entry Requirements
Travelers can skip quarantine if they can show evidence of vaccination upon arrival at the airport. More than likely, the airlines won’t allow you to depart your home country without showing proof of vaccination anyway.
Travelers will need an approved health certificate or an EU digital COVID-19 pass to enter. Also, travelers must have had their final vaccination 14 days before arriving in Finland.
Visitors will need to use one of the following WHO-approved vaccines to gain entry:
- Johnson & Johnson
Finland will allow travelers from all countries to enter the nation if they have proof of vaccination. However, the nation will only accept travelers with a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 if they’re from an EU member country or a member of the Schengen area.
Furthermore, Finland will allow all cruise passengers to disembark if they arrive from an EU or a Schengen country. Finland had debated opening the border earlier in the summer, but there would be restrictions on many countries. For example, fully vaccinated travelers from the USA, Canada, and the United Kingdom were not allowed to enter.
Travelers without evidence of vaccination or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 aren’t allowed to enter for non-essential purposes.
The Current COVID-19 Situation In Finland
Finland has confirmed 102,972 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. As a result, the nation has had an unfortunate 978 deaths. At the start of the pandemic, Finland kept cases extremely low and became one of the only countries in the EU to have low cases.
However, after different strains of COVID-19 entered the country, cases began to skyrocket towards the end of 2020. Cases are currently rising in Finland, with a 7-day moving average of 376. Nonetheless, this is still far lower than many western countries.
According to WHO data, Finland has also given one vaccine dose to more than 75% of its population. The country has fully vaccinated around 30% of its population, making Finland’s vaccine rollout pretty strong compared to other nations worldwide.
Although cases are rising, travelers shouldn’t be overly worried. Cases are still far lower than most countries, and Finland has finally agreed to open up after closing for over a year.
The Current Restrictions In Finland
Finland does have some COVID-19 restrictions in place, but it’s far less than many other nations. Travelers will need to wear a mask on public transport, regardless of their vaccination status. The Finish authorities still recommend social distancing, but most bars, restaurants, shops, and other attractions remain open to the public.
Finland is a very popular winter destination in Europe. It’s home to breathtaking nature and views of the Northern Lights. Helsinki is also a beautifully quaint capital city, with excellent restaurants, cafes, and museums. Of course, if you’re visiting Finland, you’ll have to experience the saunas.
It’s another option for U.S travelers this summer and beyond as the world attempts to get back to normal.
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