Starting from Monday, October 11, Kuwaiti travellers will be allowed to enter Finland, as the external borders imposed for this country have been lifted, the authorities announced.
According to the press release issued by the Finnish authorities, the current restrictions on external borders will remain effective until October 24, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“Restrictions on entry will be lifted for Kuwaiti residents arriving in Finland from Kuwait. The Government decided on the matter on October 7, and the decision will take effect on October 11,” the press release reads.
This decision allows fully vaccinated Kuwaitis to enter Finland free of quarantine and testing entry requirements. Moreover, a traveller is considered fully vaccinated if 14 days have passed since the final jab of the vaccine has been received. Vaccines recognised by the Finnish health authorities include the following:
- Comirnaty Pfizer-BioNTech by BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH
- Spikevax, formerly Moderna by Moderna Biotech Spain, SL
- Vaxzevria, formerly AstraZeneca by AstraZeneca Ab
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) by Janssen – Cilag International NV
- BIBP / Sinopharm by Beijing Institute of Biological Products
- COVISHIELD by Serum Institute of India
- CoronaVac by Sinovac Life Sciences
Unvaccinated travellers from restricted countries can only travel to Finland if they are permanent citizens of Finland or EU citizens. Those passing through the Finnish territory on transit or travelling for necessary reasons can enter the country.
Moreover, other third countries’ nationals allowed to enter the Finnish territory include Hong Kong, Macau, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and New Zealand, as the countries have registered relatively low infection rates with Coronavirus.
Schengen Zone and EU Member States citizens are also permitted to travel to Finland free of quarantine and testing requirements, especially those who are holders of the EU COVID Vaccination Passport, as the document is issued to those vaccinated with the European Medicines Agency approved vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Janssen). People who have been previously infected with COVID-19 are also eligible to obtain the document.
Arrivals from high-risk areas such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia and Turkey are prohibited from entering Finland. On the other hand, the European Council has recommended that Bahrain and United Arab Emirates arrivals should be permitted to enter the EU Member States. The countries have reported a low incidence of infections with COVID-19 in recent weeks.
As per Finland’s epidemiological situation, the country has registered 145,354 positive cases with COVID-19 since the pandemic struck, with 255 being reported in the last 24 hours.