Passengers arriving at Helsinki Airport on 15 July 2021. (Heikki Saukkomaa – Lehtikuva)

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PEOPLE ARRIVING in Finland will be able to forgo coronavirus testing by presenting a certificate for receiving both doses of a coronavirus vaccine authorised for use by Finnish authorities as of Monday, 26 July, reports Helsingin Sanomat.

A total of seven vaccines have received the authorisation in Finland, not including the Russian-developed Sputnik V.

The vaccination certificate must be presented upon arrival and show that the final injection has been received a minimum of 14 days earlier, according to the newspaper. Underage people will be allowed to enter the country with their parents also without the certificate.

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Finland will also lift internal border controls for people arriving from other parts of the European Union and Schengen Area on Monday. Residents of EU and Schengen countries will be allowed to enter the country freely if they have a certificate of full vaccination against the coronavirus, have a certificate of recovery from the coronavirus disease in the past six months or arrive from a country where the virus has an incidence of no more than 10 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 14 days.

The lifting of internal border controls was postponed by two weeks in an attempt to allow municipal authorities to prepare for the adoption of health security measures required under the new act on communicable diseases.

The restrictions will remain in place at external borders, however.

Passengers arriving from high-risk countries – that is, countries with a two-week incidence of more than 10 cases per 100,000 inhabitants – will be referred to a coronavirus test if they cannot present a certificate of vaccination, recovery or recent negative coronavirus test.

People not in possession of any of the certificates will be required to take two tests, the first immediately upon arrival and the second three to five days after arrival. Those who have received the first dose of an authorised vaccine at least two weeks before arrival or recently tested negative for the coronavirus will only be required to take one test, three to five days after arrival.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT