Finland opens up for tourism as country lifts all entry requirements

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The Finnish Ministry of the Interior has announced that as of June 30, all entry requirements due to the coronavirus will be for international travelers. From June 30thTravelers visiting Finland will no longer be required to present a negative test result, vaccination status or be tested upon arrival. The decision came after the recent extension of Covid restrictions from 30th selected as the end date. Finland was the last piece of the pie as neighboring Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have already lifted entry requirements.

Helsinki city from bird's eye view

Until June 30th, only those who enter Finland from countries outside the EU Schengen area or countries included in the EU green list, Finnish citizens or foreign citizens, as well as persons with good reason, can enter the country without restrictions. However, from 30 Junethtravelers from all countries will be allowed to enter Finland without restrictions.

Busy Helsinki street with trams and pedestrians

Before the announced end date of June 30th, any travelers not falling under the previously mentioned group must present either a vaccination certificate, a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of entry, or a certificate of recovery from Covid-19. The rules apply to anyone born in 2006 or earlier and remain in effect until the end of the month.

Helsinki street with some pedestrians who prefer to wear masks

According to the guidelines set out on the Finnish government website, the general recommendation for the use of masks has been withdrawn. The wearing of masks is now at the discretion of each individual, and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare still recommends that masks be worn indoors and on public transport. Restaurants must continue to maintain safe distancing and improve hygiene practices through June However, from 30 Junethno restrictions will be placed on events, hotels, restaurants or any other establishments.

Helsinki Open air restaurant

More and more countries are getting rid of entry requirements as the coronavirus becomes less of a problem for society. Finland’s decision to open its borders will add another country to this list of completely reopened countries. After the opening of Finland’s borders, there will be only six countries in Europe that still have entry requirements for international travelers, including:

  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • France
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
Olavinlinna Olofsborg is a castle in Finland.

So what makes Finland worth visiting?

Finland has been named the happiest country in the world for five years in a row by the World Happiness Report. Finland’s picturesque landscape, laid-back culture, low crime rate, and high standard of living all contribute to making Finland one of the happiest countries in the world. Visitors to Finland can certainly experience the culture and landscape while enjoying the safety of the country. Perhaps some of the happiness can be returned home.

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