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Internal border control reinstated for traffic between Finland and all Schengen countries as of 28 December

Publication date 23.12.2021 18.15 | Published in English on 23.12.2021 at 18.18
Press release

The Government will make the final decision on 28 December 2021. Changes may occur.

The Government decided to reintroduce internal border control at Finland’s borders starting from 28 December. The decision will remain in force until 16 January 2022.

Internal border control is reinstated for traffic between Finland and all Schengen countries. Those arriving in Finland are required to present a certificate of a full vaccine course or a certificate equated to a complete vaccination series, and a negative COVID-19 test certificate issued less than 48 hours prior to entry. Until 31 December 2021 this requirement will apply to those born in 2005 or earlier, and as of 1 January 2022, to those born in 2006 or earlier. 

A negative test result will not be required of Finnish citizens, foreigners residing permanently in Finland, or persons who have an essential reason for entry, such as compelling family matters or another compelling personal reason. However, all passengers are required to present certificates laid down in the Communicable Diseases Act and comply with the decisions made by the Regional State Administrative Agencies on compulsory health examinations.

As an exception to the above, residents of border communities at Finland’s land border with Sweden and Norway as well as persons travelling between Norrtälje municipality and Åland may present a certificate of completed and approved COVID-19 vaccine course, a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 disease less than six months prior to entry, or a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 7 days prior to entry.

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