Today, the government is again assessing the lifting of travel restrictions in its negotiations at the Helsinki Estates House. The discussions include the situation at the internal borders as well as an overview of the situation at the external borders as well.
At the end of June, the government outlined that internal border controls would be abandoned for countries with a good corona situation. The criterion is that, over a two-week period, there have been only less than eight hundred thousand cases of the disease. When coming from countries with a good disease situation, it would not be necessary to be in quarantine for two weeks.
To date, travel has only been recommended to the Baltic countries, Denmark, Norway and Iceland. The government is prepared to lift more travel restrictions on Monday, July 13, unless the corona situation worsens before then.
According to information published on the website of the European Agency for Disease Control (ECDC), at least Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Greece, Norway, Slovakia, Ireland, Hungary, Lithuania, Cyprus, Latvia, Estonia, Malta and Liechtenstein would be in good disease status. Denmark and Iceland slightly exceeded the limit (8 / 100,000) on Tuesday.
Opening borders increases infections
According to Justice Minister Anna-Maja Henriksson (r), it is clear that travel restrictions cannot yet be lifted for all countries.
- Finland has taken a rather strict line, and I think it has been justified so far. I assume that there are certainly still countries that will not be covered by this lifting of travel restrictions. That is quite clear, Henriksson predicts to BTI on Tuesday.
It is expected, according to him, that the number of cases of the disease will increase somewhat as tourism increases.
- When the borders start to be opened, there will be a few more cases of infection. It is important that anyone who wants to go on a trip takes care not to leave if there are even minor symptoms.