Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the universal travel recommendation is to avoid all unnecessary travel. At present, Finland restricts entry from almost all countries and leisure tourism is not a permitted reason for entry. Restrictions on entry are currently necessary to slow the spread of the pandemic.
Everyone has the right to leave Finland if they so wish, provided that there is no legal impediment to this. Finnish citizens and permanent residents of Finland always have the right to return to Finland.
A test is considered a precondition for entry into Finland from countries with a higher incidence (incidence higher than 25/100,000/14 days) once the relevant legislative amendment has entered into force. As concerns the second test, the model will be introduced by 23 November 2020. Finland will not be responsible for the costs of testing in the country of origin. Instead, responsibility for these costs may rest with either the traveller or the employer.
So far, no decision has been made in the matter. The matter is discussed in conjunction with preparations for the introduction of the two-test model and related health security measures, which include increased and reallocated testing resources.
At its meeting on 11 September, the government made a decision on a new approach to implementing a hybrid strategy in cross-border traffic and travel.
The hybrid model for border traffic will be introduced once all relevant legislative amendments have entered into force. Amendments will be required to laws such as the Act on Transport Services. The requirement of testing before entry into Finland must be laid down in an act.