Restrictions on entry into Finland

Businesses are observing safety guidelines

Monday, Aug 02
Author: Nina Vesterinen, Discover Muonio
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In Muonio, we have been able to prevent the spread of the coronavirus very well by committing to national guidelines and by strictly adhering to them in our everyday activities. Thanks for this are also due to enlightened and responsible travellers, holiday residents, entrepreneurs, and the citizens of the municipality. By acting in a controlled manner and by observing national guidelines and recommendations, we will continue to make efforts to control the coronavirus epidemic, to safeguard our healthcare capacities, and to protect those at greatest risk in particular.

Restrictions and testing policy on internal border traffic 26th of July onwards

Coronavirus testing policy for people intending to cross the national border who meet the eligibility requirements, starting on 26 July. A foreigner born in 2005 or earlier and who is not permanently resident in Finland must carry a reliable certificate of one of the following:
1. A certificate verifying that the person has received the full coronavirus vaccine series at least 14 days prior to arrival in Finland
2. A laboratory certificate verifying that the person has had the coronavirus infection within the past six (6)
months
3. A certificate verifying that the person has produced a negative coronavirus test result not more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Finland or a certificate verifying that this person has received at least the first vaccine dose at least two weeks prior to entering Finland

If a person holds a certificate mentioned in points 1 or 2 above, he or she shall not be required to take a coronavirus test at the border or after arrival. If the person only holds the certificate mentioned in point 3, no border test shall be carried out, but the person shall take a coronavirus test within three to five days of arriving in the country. Until that time, the person entering the country must avoid all unnecessary contact
with others and stay at home or in the accommodation. The coronavirus test shall be taken at the place of residence and in accordance with the law, the person entering the country is legally responsible for taking a coronavirus test.

If a person arriving in Finland has no certificate of any of the above, he or she must take a coronavirus test, either (a) at the border, if the municipality has arranged the test at the border crossing point, or (b) immediately, or at the latest within 24 hours elsewhere. In addition, the person entering the country must take a coronavirus test within three to five (3–5) days of arrival. These tests are free of charge for the person entering the country.

When you arrive in Finland from a low-risk country, you will not need to participate in the health security procedures in place at the point of entry. No certificate or COVID-19 test is required for persons arriving in Finland from the following countries, territories or municipalities: Australia, Hong Kong, Iceland, Canada, China, Macao, Poland, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Taiwan, New Zealand and the Vatican, and the Norwegian municipalities of Storfjord, Kåfjord, Nordreisa, Kautokeino, Karasjok, Tana, Nesseby and Sør-Varanger.

When you arrive in Finland from any country or municipality other than those listed above, you will be subject to the health security measures applied to all persons entering from high-risk countries.

In accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act of Finland, anyone entering the country must take a coronavirus test. An adult who fails to take the compulsory coronavirus (COVID-19) test will issued a fine.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare will provide guidance on health security measures. Information is also available on the FINENTRY service.

 

Businesses are observing safety guidelines

Businesses have done important work in relation to their facilities and services to be able to offer the safest possible experience for their guests, for example by paying even more attention to cleaning, by acquiring hand sanitiser and masks, by following orders issued to restaurants, and by ensuring safe distances in accommodations, shops, and activity services.

Opening hours in summer 2021

Most of the  accommodations are open and activities are available.

Kolari night trains run 3-4 times a week. Book a shuttle service taxi from the railway station to Muonio a day before your arrival tel. +358 40 7088105. There are 5 flights  a week from Helsinki to Kittilä. Book your shuttle service taxi a day before your arrival at muoniokt(at)hotmail.com.

When holidaymaking in Muonio, please remember the following guidelines:

  • Download the Koronavilkku app on your phone. The app will alert you if you have unknowingly been exposed to coronavirus during your trip. It can be found also in English and can be down loaded at Google Play or App Store.
  • Maintain hand hygiene and coughing etiquette.
  • Keep a distance, min 2 meters
  • Wear a mask in public transport and indoors if you cannot keep a safe distance from others.
  • Wear a mask when in restaurants, shops, hotel lobbies, tourist attractions and so on.
  • You can also wear a face mask in other situations if maintaining safe distances is not possible.
  • If you have even mild symptoms indicating that you may have coronavirus, get yourself tested. Ask help from your accommodation host or call Muonio Health Care Center: Muonio. Ojustie. Open Mon-Thu 08:00-16:00 and Fri 08:00-14:00. Make an appointment via phone. Tel. +358 40 662 4565. Emergency services of Muonio. Pirkantie 11. Open Mon-Fri 16:00-21:00 and sat-sun 08:00-21:00. Make an appointment via phone. Tel. +358 40 714 2845. We use  rapid Antigen coronavirus tests. They are free of charge for everyone and you can get your result in 15-20 minutes
  • Do not travel if you have any symptoms, even mild ones.
  • At rest stops and gas stations, take hygiene, safe distances and the use of face masks into account.
  • Follow the hygiene and other safety instructions by travel entrepreneurs.
  • Follow the hiking guidelines, https://www.nationalparks.fi/hikinginfinland/visitorguidelines

 

More information see

See you in Muonio!

Inquires: Director of tourism, Nina Vesterinen, Discover Muonio, nina.vesterinen(at)discovermuonio.fi

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