Finland relaxes access restrictions for vaccinated travelers from 26 July

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Fully vaccinated travelers from any country may travel into Finland for any reason from July 26, the government has announced. Acceptable vaccines are based on WHO guidelines and include the four approved by the European Medicines Agency along with others. For the latest list, see the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

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Border authorities check the required documentation on arrival in Finland, but travelers may also be required to show proof of vaccination at their departure airport.

An escape after the pandemic

Visit Finland sells the country as a place where “space, privacy and the outdoors will come as standard”, and it is hard to disagree. The wide boulevards and open squares of Helsinki mean that the Finnish capital rarely feels crowded, while the rest of the country is defined by vast forests and lakes.

Getting to Finland can also be easier than you think. At present, Finnair flies directly to Helsinki from US airports in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York and from UK airports in London and Edinburgh. From Helsinki, domestic connections are available to many destinations including Oulu, Rovaniemi and Tampere.

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A boost for the Finnish tourism industry

The news comes as a boost for Finland’s tourism industry, which has been dependent on mainly domestic visitors since the pandemic travel restrictions only came into force in the spring of 2020.

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The country is a relative success story during the coronavirus pandemic. Pr. On July 23, a total of 102,042 positive test results were recorded in Finland, a country with a population of 5.5 million. 979 people died as a result of the pandemic, one of the lowest actual numbers per year. Inhabitant of Europe.

Despite the easing of the country’s access ban, some coronavirus restrictions remain in place for public and private gatherings. Restaurants are also subject to shorter opening hours and restrictions on alcohol sales.

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