Finland extends entry restrictions

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Border control in Hlesinki airport. Source: Jani Saikko / Yle

The Finnish government extended the current travel restrictions until March 18. Only essential workers can travel between Estonia and Finland.

"The coronavirus epidemic continues and there are not enough possibilities to replace border control. That's restricting the spread of coronavirus will continue with internal and external border control," the Finnish government said.

Internal border traffic is defined as the traffic between Finland and other Schengen area states and, currently, Finland is restricting movement from all Schengen states except Iceland. External border traffic is related to countries outside the Schengen area.

In Lapland, the border points are closed at certain times. The restrictions are not valid for freight or essential passenger transport services.

According to the Finnish Constitution, every citizen can leave and return to Finland at any time. However, the government still recommends not traveling without reasonable excuse.

The restrictions were initially established until February 25.

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