Helsinki announced this Thursday a decrease in the number of countries whose inhabitants can enter Finland without restrictions due to the worsening of the covid-19 epidemic, continuing Portugal in the list of unwanted.
As of Monday, only tourists from 13 countries around the world will be able to travel to Finland without having to comply with quarantine.
The so-called Finnish “green list” includes the countries where a maximum of 25 new infections were detected per 100,000 inhabitants and has so far included about 20 states, such as Germany, one of which was left out.
The 13 countries with “free transit” are, in Europe, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Poland and San Marino, and, outside the European continent, Australia, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand and Uruguay.
The Finnish government also advises citizens not to travel to any of the countries outside the “green list”.
According to the executive, the list will be updated weekly according to the epidemiological evolution in the various countries until November 23. Then the rules are expected to change for tourists from European Union countries and the Schengen area, according to Spanish news agency EFE.
The contagion rate in Finland remains one of the lowest in Europe, with only 16 infected per 100,000 inhabitants, despite rising in recent weeks.
Finland has so far registered 9,379 cases of the new coronavirus and 343 deaths.
The covid-19 pandemic, transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in China, has already caused at least 978,448 deaths and almost 32 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report by the agency France Presse.