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16 Jun 2020 | 03:18 AM UTC

Finland: Government eases border restriction June on 15 /update 8

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Finnish government eases border restrictions on June 15; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/16/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/1/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Helsinki). COUNTRY/REGION Finland

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Finnish authorities eased certain border restrictions, which had been in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), on Monday, June 15. The land border with Norway is now open without controls, and air and ferry services may resume with Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania; arrivals via private vessels are also permitted. Entries from all other countries are limited to essential purposes only, as well as commuting for all citizens of the Schengen Area and the United Kingdom (UK). Restrictions on Schengen and UK citizens are reported to be lifted as soon as possible, and all other countries are to see their restrictions lifted on July 14. From June 15, all arrivals to Finland (other than those that have had their restrictions lifted) are to enter self-isolation for a period of 14 days. Individuals are permitted to move to and from their home and their workplace, as well as leave their homes for essential purposes while self-isolating. Travel around Finland is permitted, and restaurants, cafes, and bars were reopened on June 1, with restrictions.

As of June 15, authorities have confirmed 7108 cases of COVID-19 in the country and 326 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly, and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone non-essential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

Potentially impacted travelers are advised to monitor the situation, confirm travel itineraries, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the virus.


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