From January 19, new measures to combat the spread of coronavirus will take effect at the border points of South-Eastern Finland. Those arriving from Russia are waiting for voluntary testing for COVID-19 or filling out a written form on the state of health. This is reported by the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR).
Finland has tightened entry rules for all travelers arriving from abroad to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus strain. It is reported that a mass testing scheme for travelers has been launched at Helsinki Airport and at road checkpoints on the border with Russia.
"According to the airport administration, mandatory testing for COVID-19 is being introduced for those who do not have a negative PCR test for coronavirus. Arrivals, including, are tested for COVID-19 using specially trained dogs," the message said. …
The association clarified that starting from January 18, testing of arriving ferries began in the port of Turku: checks are taking place at the Viking Line and Tallink Silja terminals.
According to ATOR, the experiment on a new scheme for checking the health of travelers will last until February 7.
The industry association of Russian tour operators recalled that Finland has extended restrictions on crossing the external border until February 9, 2021. Free movement from Russia to Finland is still limited.
As RG reported, since January 28, Aeroflot will resume regular flights to Helsinki (Finland).