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Finland - Covid-19 regulations:

Overview

Most restrictions have now been lifted, aside from restrictions regarding visiting elderly care facilities. Restaurants and bars are open, though many with limited capacity. Social distancing and extra attention to hand hygiene are encouraged, also it is recommeneded to use facial masks but not mandatory. Testing capacity has been increased, the amount of tests has also increased during the summer. Compared to past weeks, there's been a slight increase in confirmed cases since the beginning of August, but the situation is still rather calm. Majority of confirmed cases are from the Helsinki capital region.

Sources:
valtioneuvosto.fi.
www.finavia.fi.
Last updated: 11th August 2020

National movement

No restrictions within Finland.

Cross-borders

Finland has opened its borders. Travelling for leisure and non-essential purposes between Schengen countries and selected non-Schengen countries is possible. Criteria for considering allowing non-essential traffic without limitations is having max. 8 confirmed cases per 100,000 persons during the past 14 days.

Internal Schengen border control has previously been lifted:
Italy, Iceland, Greece, Norway, Malta, Liechtenstein, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, Denmark, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and pleasure craft traffic.

Internal Schengen border control and restrictions on entry will continue:
Across the land border between Finland and Sweden; for traffic between Finland and Spain, Luxembourg, Austria (as of 27 July), Portugal, Poland, France, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Slovenia (as of 27 July), Switzerland (as of 27 July), Belgium (as of Aug 10) and the Netherlands (as of Aug 10).

For non-Schengen countries, unrestricted travel will be permitted from 13 July for:
Cyprus, Ireland, San Marino and the Vatican.
From 27 July onward, traffic between Finland and the following countries will be allowed without restrictions for:
Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China, provided that the Council of the EU confirms reciprocity with China.

Restrictions on external border traffic will remain in force for:
Countries on the green list where the number of infections exceeds the assessment criterion set by Finland (Algeria, Australia (as of 27 July), Canada, Montenegro, Morocco, Serbia, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Croatia, Monaco, Romania) and other third countries.

Airports

The major airports are open (Helsinki-Vantaa airport being the most important one), some domestic and international routes are being operated as borders are opened. Use of masks at airports is highly encouraged, airport staff are obliged to wear masks. Some airlines are also requiring passengers to wear masks during flights. As of August 3rd, the City of Vantaa has opened a health information point at Helsinki-Vantaa airport to provide health counselling to arriving passengers. In addition, a Covid-19 testing point has been established for arriving passengers who report symptoms resembling Covid-19. Self isolation is recommended if a passenger has, within the last 14 days, been in or travelled through a country that is still under travel restrictions

Public Transport

Public transportation is operating close to normal, though on less frequent schedules. Unnecessary travel during rush hour is not recommended. Travelling sick is not recommended. Surfaces and facilities are being cleaned and sanitized frequently. Sitting next to other passengers should be avoided. Mobile tickets are the preferred method as all clients must have a valid ticket when boarding the local transportation. No tickets are sold on board trams, buses nor trains.

Taxi

Drivers from Finnish Taxi Association are advised to wear masks and gloves. Vehicles are encouraged to be sanitized after each customer, and passengers should be seated as far away from the driver as possible.

Guides / Assistants

Different guide associations are following the recommendations from the government: guides should keep an appropriate distance from customers (1,5-2m), maintain proper hand hygiene (not handing out materials or handling cash), they’ll wear masks and gloves if requested by the customers, and group sizes are limited to smaller groups.

Coaches

Vehicles will be cleaned after every service. Hand sanitizer is available in coaches. Drivers will wear masks and gloves if requested by the customer. Drivers will keep a proper distance from passengers.

Rail / Cable Cars

Finnish National Railways are cleaning and sanitizing their trains and premises frequently. Staff are minimizing contact with passengers. Sales channels are allocating seats so passengers are far away from each other.

Finland's only direct international passenger train connection is with Russia (Allegro & Tolstoi trains). Train connections will be allowed once border restriction with Russia are lifted.

Shops

Many shops are open as usual. Many shops and grocery stores remind their customers to maintain a distance of 1,5m when queuing. Card payment and contactless payment are encouraged. Most staff are instructed to not give out receipts, the customer is to take it themselves. Many grocery stores have exceptional opening hours in the morning, when only people with a higher risk of severe illness are allowed in the store. Many grocery stores have hand sanitizer dispensers at their entrance.

Restaurants

Most restaurants are open as usual, without restrictions on opening hours or maximum number of customers.

All customers will still be required to have their own seats. In addition, businesses must continue to provide their customers with instructions on how to prevent the spread of a Covid-19. Customers need to be able to wash their hands, and owners must ensure premises are kept clean. Restaurants and bars will also be responsible for ensuring sufficient physical distances between customers.

Hotels

Some hotels are starting to open their doors, mostly according to demand. Cleaning and sanitizing facilities have been increased. Hand sanitizer is available. Many receptions are equipped with safety glass. Cash payment is not encouraged. Hotel restaurants are following similar guidelines to those listed above. Sauna and spa facilities are open, social distancing is heavily encouraged.

Attractions

Museums were allowed to open their doors at the beginning of June. In many locations, the number of guests has been limited to keep a proper distance between customers. Hand sanitizer is available, surfaces and spaces are cleaned and disinfected frequently. Public outdoor attractions don’t have limitations, though an appropriate distance to other people should be maintained.

Events

The Regional State Administrative Agency has decided that public events of more than 500 persons will be prohibited until 31 August, though it is possible to have a total audience of more than 500 persons at outdoor events where there are several sections or demarcated areas intended for audiences.
Indoor events with more than 500 persons may also be permitted from 1 August onwards with special arrangements. The arrangements must comply with the guidelines issued on 14 May by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Education and Culture on preventing the spread of coronavirus infections. If necessary, audiences must be divided into separate areas to ensure safety.

Public meetings and public events with a maximum of 50 persons may be held in indoor and outdoor premises. Public meetings and public events with more than 50 and a maximum of 500 persons in indoor and enclosed outdoor spaces may be organised with special arrangements.

Public meetings include demonstrations and other events that are open to all and that are organised in line with the right to freedom of assembly. Public events include entertainment events, competitions, performances or other similar events that are open to the public. The use of public sports facilities or visiting a shopping centre, for instance, do not constitute public meetings or public events.