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Travel safely in Saimaa

In an international comparison, Finland has excelled in the corona situation and its management. Currently, many restrictions have been lifted in South Karelia and life has returned to normal.

The Lappeenranta and Imatra region is an excellent travel destination in the post-pandemic period. The service providers in the area as well as the local residents invest in health safety, so you can head to the shores of Lake Saimaa without any worries on your next holiday trip. Here the safety of you and others is taken care of.

See the current corona bulletin in the South Karelia Social and Health Care District:

eksote.fi/Koronavirus

Finland eases entry requirements for external border traffic

As of 1st of February 2022 there are no entry restrictions on internal border traffic within the EU or Schengen area. However, all passengers (born in 2006 or earlier) arriving in Finland have to go through health security measures. Health security measures may include checking certificates or COVID-19 tests. No COVID-19 tests are required at any point if you can present:

  • a certificate of having received complete and valid COVID-19 vaccination series at least 7 days prior to entry. Please refer to the Finnish institute for health and welfare for the approved vaccines. Please note: A certificate of a full series of vaccinations is valid for 9 months (270 days). After this, a booster shot is required. After the booster shot, the certificate is valid until further notice. OR
  • a single certificate that the person has recovered from COVID-19 virus and has gotten one dose of vaccine. It is equated to a complete COVID-19 vaccination series. Please note: A certificate is valid for 9 months (270 days) after vaccination. After this, a booster shot is required. After the booster shot, the certificate is valid until further notice. OR
  • EU digital COVID certificate that proves the person has recovered from COVID-19 within 6 months.

If you don’t have any of the certificates listed above you must have a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result of less than 72 hours OR a certificate of having received the first dose in the COVID-19 vaccination series OR you must have a COVID-19 test at the point of entry. In addition you must have a second COVID-19 test within 3 to 5 days of arriving in Finland.

Please refer to the Finnish institute for health and welfare website for more information regarding health security measures.

 

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RESTRICTIONS ON RESTAURANTS AND CAFÉS

As of 1st of March 2022 the restrictions on the opening and alcohol serving hours as well as restrictions on the number of customers and customer seats in restaurants have been lifted. The obligation to observe the general hygiene guidelines and to keep a safe distance will remain in force in all regions until the end of March.

For more details on current restrictions please refer to the Finnish Government’s website.

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Do not travel when sick

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Cough into your sleeve

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Use a mask

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Wash your hands

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Keep a safe distance

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