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Internal border control continues until 25 July

Ministry of the Interior
Publication date 8.7.2021 13.32
Press release 86/2021

Internal border control by the border control authorities that will continue until 25 July will give the municipalities and joint municipal authorities time to prepare for the implementation of health security measures under the Communicable Diseases Act. Internal border control will end after that.

According to the Government decision of 8 July, internal border control will continue between 12 and 25 July. During this time, both the entry restrictions to be complied with at Finland’s internal and external borders and requirements of the Communicable Diseases Act will be applied. 

The purpose of the decision is to ensure a smooth transition from the travel restrictions applied in spring 2021 to health security measures at border crossing points and to prevent cross-border COVID-19 infections during this short transitional period. 

In practice the continuation of internal border control means that between 12 and 25 July the border control authorities will first assess whether a person is entitled to travel to Finland. 

If a person is entitled to enter the country, the health authorities will then assess which health security measures under the Communicable Diseases Act apply to the person.

The Finnish Border Guard gives people advice on cross-border traffic by phone and email. The service is available in Finnish, Swedish and English on weekdays between 8.00 and 16.00 at +358 295 420 100. Questions can also be sent by email to [email protected] The advisory service is very busy and it may take longer than usually to receive a reply. Travellers are advised to first check the up-to-date guidelines on border traffic on the Border Guard’s website.