Finland’s government has decided to relax some of its precautionary measures taken in a bid to stop the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), as the country has started to see signs of slowing in the rate of infections.
The reopening of Finland’s border will enable further categories of travellers to enter the country, including students studying in Finland, international journalists and seasonal workers, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Last week, Finland announced that the borders would reopen for foreign workers in the Schengen zone, including Estonian citizens who work in Finland, since the frontier has been shut down from March 19, as part of the country’s efforts to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
Finnish Border Guard has revealed details regarding border crossings after Finland’s government decided to relax border restrictions, starting from May 14.
According to the guidelines, the categories of travellers permitted to enter Finland are:
Those returning to Finland, including:
- Finnish citizens and their family members;
- EU and Schengen Area citizens who live in Finland and their family members;
- third-country citizens with residence permits
Employees and others, including:
- travellers with employment contracts, transaction-management contracts and other contracted workers;
- diplomats, employees of international organizations, military, and employees of aid organizations (for work purposes);
- students studying in Finland;
- EU/Schengen Area member state citizens with the registered right of residence in Finland;
- individuals travelling for unavoidable family reasons (meeting a relative, funerals, weddings, illness);
- persons in need of international protection;
- individuals travelling on other reasonable grounds (e.g. foreign journalists, representatives of Sami lifestyle and culture, others travelling on compelling personal grounds)
Transit travellers, including:
- EU/Schengen Area member state citizens travelling to other EU and Schengen states via Finland;
- individuals travelling to other EU and Schengen states based on a residence permit
- Seasonal workers
EU citizens will have the right to travel to Finland for seasonal work beginning May 14. Citizens crossing the border, while arriving in Finland may be asked for documentation proving their right to enter the country.