Changes in the travel advice for hospital districts in Finland

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Based on the Norwegian Institute of Public Health’s weekly assessment of the Covid-19 situation, the Government has decided to change the status of the following hospital districts in Finland from ‘red’ to ‘yellow’ on the map showing the status for quarantine on entry to Norway from Europe: the Central Finland Hospital District, Etelä-Savo Hospital District, Itä-Savo Hospital District, Kainuu Hospital District, Satakunta Hospital District, South Ostrobothnia Hospital District and Vaasa Hospital District.

These areas will therefore be excepted from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ global travel advice.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is maintaining its global advice against non-essential travel to all countries apart from those for which an exception has been made. This travel advice currently applies until 25 May 2021. For an updated overview of countries in the Schengen area/EEA and the Nordic countries and regions that are excepted from the travel advice, see the Institute of Public Health’s map showing the status for quarantine on entry to Norway from Europe and the Ministry’s travel information.

The new changes will apply from midnight on Sunday 9 May. The infection situation and local restrictions can both change very quickly. The travel advice is advisory. It is not a ban. However, if you travel to a country against the Ministry’s advice, there may be implications for your travel insurance. You should also be aware that the Foreign Service’s capacity to provide consular assistance may be limited in countries for which travel advice has been issued. At worst, the Foreign Service will not be able to provide consular assistance if you have problems. 

As of 1 January 2021, the UK is no longer a member of the EU. Subsequently, the UK will no longer be included in the Institute of Public Health’s assessment process and will be subject to the same quarantine requirements as other countries outside the Schengen area/EEA (third countries).