People walk across bridges linking terminals of Changi International Airport in Singapore on May 13, 2022. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

You are going on a trip abroad and your mind revolves around the weather at the destination and around what to pack. At this stage, few people think about the return trip. However, at the latest when you leave for home, it is good to be aware that you can’t bring back whatever you want to Finland. Before travelling, you should learn in advance about import restrictions and prohibitions to avoid unpleasant surprises when you arrive at customs.

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Flights are resuming at both Helsinki Airport and regional airports after the pandemic. In the summer, there will be direct flights from Finavia airports to more than 130 destinations.

“There will be new destinations for the summer, as well as flights to familiar cities and beaches in the south.

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Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort

Japan is high on many travel-lover’s bucket lists, and where better to visit next than its northernmost prefecture! Hokkaido is world-famous for its amazingly deep powder snow, unique cultural nuances, and the freshest culinary delights. As societies are slowly beginning to open up again and traveling abroad resumes worldwide, you may be thinking about tuning up the downhill equipment and planning your next snowy peak adventure.

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Helsinki, the capital of Finland is a wonderful place that’s become a major tourist attraction over the years. People all over the world come to visit this modern city in all its splendor. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misconception about Helsinki and Finland in general.

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Global tourism experienced a 4% upturn in 2021, compared to 2020 (415 million versus 400 million). However, international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) were still 72% below the pre-pandemic year of 2019, according to preliminary estimates by UNWTO. This follows on from 2020, the worst year on record for tourism, when international arrivals decreased by 73%.

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26 November 2021, Hessen, Frankfurt Main: Passengers wait at Frankfurt Airport.

One out of five destinations continue to have their borders completely closed as new surges of COVID-19 impact the restart of international tourism. The latest research shows that still 98% of all destinations have some kind of travel restrictions in place.

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Tourists ride camels and others an electric cart, during their trip to Jordan's famed ancient city of Petra, some 230km (143 miles) south of the capital Amman, on October 27, 2021. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Council of Europe will work together to develop the opportunities tourism offers to local communities and to enhance the tourist experience along the European region’s Cultural Routes.

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On Thursday 11 November, the nine millionth passenger, Niina Tunturi boarded the Viking Grace in the port of Turku. She was greeted on board according to customary traditions. Master Henrik Grönvik presented flowers, sparkling wine and a cruise gift card to Niina Tunturi, who got to spend her cruise in a nicer cabin.

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A health worker takes a nucleic acid sample for Covid-19 coronavirus at arriving passengers terminal at the Zhuhai train station in Zhuhai, in southern China's Guangdong province on September 27, 2021. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

A call to end travel discrimination caused by certain vaccines not being recognized across the world has come from the World Medical Association.

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