Finland lets travelers from Germany back into the country

Finland lets travelers from Germany back into the country

Helsinki. Germans and many other Europeans will be allowed to travel to Finland again next week. However, this does not apply to people from neighboring Sweden and some other EU countries.

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People sunbathe on a beach in Helsinki (archive photo).

The Nordic country lifted its entry restrictions imposed by the Corona crisis for several countries with comparable low infection rates as of July 13, including Germany, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland. By contrast, the Finnish borders remain closed to people from neighboring Sweden and other EU countries such as Portugal, Spain and France, as Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo said on Wednesday evening at a press conference in Helsinki.

It is crucial for the Finns that fewer than eight new corona cases per 100,000 inhabitants were recorded in the respective countries within a two-week period. Finland had already lifted its border restrictions for travelers from the Baltic States, Norway, Denmark and Iceland in mid-June. For some countries outside Europe and the Schengen area, the Finnish borders are now being opened for work trips, including Australia, New Zealand and China.

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