Finland brings in stricter limits on borders due to new COVID-19 variants

Finnish officials said the new limitations should cut air travellers by around 75%, the amount of people traveling by sea to Estonia by around 75% and crossing on its Swedish border by aroud 50%.

Reuters | Updated: 23-01-2021 01:05 IST | Created: 23-01-2021 00:55 IST
Finland brings in stricter limits on borders due to new COVID-19 variants
Representative image Image Credit: ANI

The Finnish government said on Friday it would put in place stricter regulations from Jan. 27 for entering the country, due to new variants of the coronavirus spreading within its borders.

"The fastest way is to limit the reasons to enter the country," health minister Krista Kiuru told a news conference, adding all travellers will be sent for a coronavirus test on border. Finland, which has recently been among the least affected in Europe by the coronavirus, has so far found 86 people carrying the new variants.

Finland will restrict entry from all Schengen countries - where people are allowed to travel without border control - permitting only essential travel for work for services like healthcare and emergency services. Finnish officials said the new limitations should cut air travellers by around 75%, the amount of people traveling by sea to Estonia by around 75% and crossing on its Swedish border by aroud 50%.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Why unequal access to coronavirus vaccines is a threat to us all

... ...

India’s love affair with fossil fuels: the path to sustainable development?

... ...

Videos

Latest News

Brazil registers over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths for fifth straight day

Brazil registered 1,386 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday and 61,602 additional cases, according to data released by the nations Health Ministry.The South American country has suffered an enduring second wave since November, and infection rates h...

Rugby-Refereeing decisions spark furious debate after Wales win

Englands coach and captain remained tight-lipped over the controversial decisions that gave Wales two early tries in Saturdays 40-24 Six Nations victory in Cardiff on Saturday but there was no shortage of debate among pundits.Wales scored f...

REUTERS NEWS SCHEDULE 10 p.m. GMT/6:00 a.m. SGT

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have been spared direct punishment after a U.S. intelligence report implicated him in the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but he has not emerged unscathed. NIGERIA-SECURITY Nigeria...

Myanmar's U.N. ambassador vows to fight after junta fired him

Myanmars United Nations envoy in New York vowed to fight on Saturday after the junta fired him for urging countries to use any means necessary to reverse a Feb. 1 coup that ousted the nations elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.I decided to fig...

Give Feedback