Thursday 28.05.2020

Border traffic open today for workers and other essential travel

Persons arriving from abroad to work in Finland must be prepared to prove their work-related grounds for entry and must self-isolate for a period of 14 days.

Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo visiting the border crossing point in Tornio (Lapland). Photo: Border Guard/@rajavartijat
Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo visiting the border crossing point in Tornio (Lapland). Photo: Border Guard/@rajavartijat

Finland is now beginning the controlled dismantling of the restrictive measures put in place to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis, the Ministry of the Interior says.

The restrictions and recommendations on border traffic will be gradually dismantled starting on 14 May at 00.00 until further notice.

In practical terms, this means since 14 May, cross-border commuting for employment and commissions and other essential traffic will be permitted across the Schengen internal borders.

Persons arriving from abroad to work in Finland must be prepared to prove their work-related grounds for entry in connection with border checks. These restrictions and those decided on earlier concerning external border traffic will remain in force until 14 June.

Every citizen of Finland always has the right to return to Finland, and everyone has the right to leave the country. However, the Government says recreational travel abroad is not recommended for the time being. 

Written guidelines from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) on the recommendations and regulations related to entering the country will be distributed to those arriving in the country. These guidelines will also be communicated through announcements, notices and signs at entry points.

Self-isolation recommended

It is recommended that persons arriving in the country self-isolate for a period of 14 days.

During this period, unnecessary physical contacts should be avoided and movement outside the home should be restricted to essential travel for work or, for example, to go shopping. Anyone who experiences respiratory symptoms should contact healthcare services immediately. Further instructions on the 14-day period of self-isolation will be distributed upon arrival in the country.

International passenger flights will continue to arrive only at Helsinki, Turku and Mariehamn airports.

The Ministry of the Interior reminds that in all transport, passengers must remember to avoid physical contacts, maintain a safe distance from other people and observe good hand and respiratory hygiene. When leaving the airport or harbour, using private cars or taking a taxi is recommended.

Ticket sales for maritime passenger traffic will be reopened. Tickets may be sold to anyone who has the right of entry. The conditions for entry will be verified at the port.

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