Finland Bans Visitors From Algeria, Australia, Austria, Slovenia & Switzerland Effective July 27, 2020

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Finland, which relaxed arrival restrictions from select countries earlier this month, is banning non-citizen or resident arrivals from Algeria, Australia, Austria, Slovenia, and Switzerland effective July 27, 2020.

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The Covid-19 infection rates in these countries are higher than 8 infections per 100,000 residents over the rolling 14-days that Finland uses as its benchmark.

Note that Finnish citizens are always allowed to leave the country as they wish (based on the constitution). Still, they need to voluntarily quarantine for 14-days upon returning from areas that are not deemed to have a similar epidemiological situation as Finland.

The internal border control has been removed between the following Schengen-countries:

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Netherlands
  • Malta
  • Norway
  • Slovakia

Finland allows arrivals outside of Schengen from:

  • Andorra
  • Cyprus
  • Georgia
  • New Zealand
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Rwanda
  • San Marino
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay
  • The Vatican

Conclusion

There have been quite a few changes within Europe about who is allowing arrivals and from were based on fluctuating Covid-19 infection rates. Finland already indicated that they might have to further restrict arrivals due to an increase in infections in many countries.

I encourage everyone NOT to make any speculative bookings but rather book at a last-minute based on who is allowing you to enter.

Remember that airlines and hotels don’t need to refund or even provide credits if flights operate and hotels are open even when you are not allowed to enter.

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