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Finland has announced it’s reopening, and it will be of particular interest to some vaccinated travelers.
If you were in an area that received vaccines other than those widely distributed in the United States and western Europe, Finland might be an excellent option for you to visit Europe this summer.
Beginning July 26th, Finland will reopen to tourists and travelers who have proof of full vaccination more than 14 days prior to entry or recovery from covid within the last six months. Finland won’t require any testing or quarantine for travelers who fulfill either of those criteria for entry.
The big difference with Finland’s opening compared to many other countries’ reopening is the list of vaccines they will accept.
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has approved all of the standard vaccines the rest of Europe has (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca) and accepts Sinopharm, Coronavac/Sinovac, and Covishield. Check here for an up-to-date list of accepted vaccines.
Some restrictions within the country are still present, such as shorter hours for restaurants and limited alcohol sales. These restrictions are likely to change in the future, so check current covid related restrictions on the regularly updated Finnish government website.
You can find a complete outline of specifics on the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare website. This clarifies specific details if you aren’t fully vaccinated or recently recovered. The rules become more nuanced under those conditions and are related to your country of origin.