Circular Note 20 August 2021: Border control and health security measures at the internal and external Schengen borders of Finland as from 23 August 2021

Circular Note 20 August 2021: Border control and health security measures at the internal and external Schengen borders of Finland as from 23 August 2021

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs present their compliments to the Diplomatic Missions, Consular Posts and International Organizations accredited to Helsinki and, with reference to the Ministry´s earlier Circular Notes on border traffic at the internal and external Schengen borders of Finland, have the honour to inform the Missions of the following updates.

Border control at the internal Schengen borders of Finland has ended on 26 July 2021. At the same time, obligations related to health security measures under the Communicable Diseases Act continue to apply also to persons arriving in Finland from Schengen countries.

Restrictions on external border traffic continue to concern several countries until 19 September 2021. Further information on what is considered allowed traffic by each group of country and on the opening hours of the border crossing points is available at Border Guard Info(Link to another website.)

Persons from all countries are granted entry to Finland, provided that they can present an accepted certificate for having received a full vaccine series of a valid covid-19 vaccine prior to arrival (no less than 14 days from the last dose).

A list of vaccines accepted in Finland is provided by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare here: Which vaccines are accepted at the points of entry into the country? - Infectious diseases and vaccinations - THL(Link to another website.)

Residents and/or citizens of the EU and Schengen countries continue to be granted entry to Finland provided that they can present a certificate of having been infected with the covid-19 virus less than six months ago.

Persons arriving from a country with a low risk of covid-19, do not need to undergo health security measures on entry. Low-risk countries are defined in a Government decree. An updated list of these countries and areas is available on the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health at Government Decree(Link to another website.)

The Missions are also requested to pay attention to the instructions of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare on health security measures for travellers at Health Security on Entry(Link to another website.)

Missions are advised to follow the websites of the relevant authorities for possible updates on applicable border control and health security measures at the Finnish borders.

The Finnish Border Guard gives advice on cross-border traffic by phone and email. The service will be available in Finnish, Swedish and English between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at +358 295 420 100. Questions can also be sent by email to rajavartiolaitos@raja.fi

Additional information on the Government decisions on entry is available at Government Info(Link to another website.)

With reference to the Ministry´s Circular Note No. PF0Y3SL9-5 of 7 July concerning health security measures at arrival, e.g. the following persons continue to be exempt from the obligation to present a certificate at arrival or to take a coronavirus test in Finland:

employees of foreign government missions or members of international intergovernmental organisations who have personal immunity and their family members, as well as holders of diplomatic or official passports accredited outside Finland when travelling through Finland to a place of employment or their home country.

Diplomats and other privileged persons are kindly requested to take notice of the instructions, as appropriate. The Missions may contact the Protocol Services of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for further details.

Based on the decision of the Regional State Administrative Agency, public gatherings are allowed to a maximum of 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors in the metropolitan area as from 20 August until 12 September 2021. The limits concern not only the public sector but also private operators. It is possible to exceed the limits by using separate sectors for the attendees, and by following the health security instructions of the authorities. Additional information is available on the website of the Regional State Administrative Agency at Corona Info(Link to another website.)

It is recommended that the Missions also take notice of these restrictions in their events.

 

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs avail themselves of this opportunity to renew to the Diplomatic Missions, Consular Posts and International Organizations accredited to Helsinki the assurances of their highest consideration.

 

 

Helsinki, 20 August 2021