However, sources estimate that the epidemiological situation in Europe has not improved enough to remove travel restrictions as planned. In the Schlen region, only a few countries have a 14-day incidence of coronavirus infections in less than 200 / 100,000 inhabitants, YLE emphasized.
The government is therefore reluctant to take the risk of reopening borders, leading to an increase in overseas infections.
Kirsi PimiäThe Permanent Secretary of the Interior Ministry confirmed that the travel destinations set out in the exit strategy are in the air, but declined to speculate on the situation in June.
“We still don’t even have detailed information on how the restrictions will change starting next week. Everything is still in the air, “he said.
The current entry restrictions are due to end in a week, but Finland intends to continue restricting travel from all Schengen countries except Iceland. Its decision on internal border control depends not only on the epidemiological situation in other countries but also on the coverage of vaccinations and the health measures put in place to effectively replace border control.
For example, officials from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health are preparing a proposal to require evidence of a negative coronavirus test that has been performed on passengers arriving in Finland before departure.
Pimiä also told YLE on Monday that the next step is to allow cross-border travel in communities that stretch across the Norwegian and Swedish borders. According to public broadcasting sources, travel across the Finnish-Norwegian border can be allowed immediately by the end of the month. However, due to the more difficult epidemiological situation in Sweden, it is necessary to wait longer at the Finnish-Swedish border.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: The Nordic Page