Travellers from Finland will now be subject to additional entry rules when travelling to Spain since the country has been placed on the high-risk areas list.
Previously, only four regions of Finland were part of this list. However, since the Coronavirus situation has worsened, now the entire territory of Finland is considered highly affected.
According to the latest figures published by the Spanish Ministry of Health, the new classification of countries and regions started being effective yesterday, October 18, and will remain in force until October 24, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Except for Finland, several other regions have also been added to Spain’s high-risk list. These regions are as follows:
- Regions of Czechia: Jihovýchod, Severovýchod, Severozápad, and Střední Morava
- Regions of Poland: Mazowiecki, Warmińsko-Mazurskie
- Region of Greece: Central Greece
- Region of Italy: Aosta
In line with Spain’s current entry rules, all travellers reaching the latter’s territory from Finland or one of the regions that are part of the high-risk list are required to provide proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 disease or proof of recovery.
In case travellers don’t hold any of these two documents, they need to present a negative COVID-19 test result in order to be permitted entry to the country.
Except for the regions mentioned above, the high-risk list also includes other EU and Schengen Area countries, such as Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, and Romania.
As for Denmark, similar to last week’s update, three of its regions – North Jutland, Hovedstaden and Zealand – continue to remain part of the high-risk list.
In contrast to the countries and regions mentioned above, the same Ministry has revealed that four French regions, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Centre-Val de Loire, Grand Est, La Réunion, are no longer part of the high-risk list. This means that all those travelling to or from one of these regions don’t need to follow additional COVID-19 rules.
In addition, the entry rules have also been eased for two Norwegian regions – Rogaland and Agder – since they have identified fewer infection rates during last week. The high-risk list now only includes these Norwegian regions: Oslo, Troms and Finnmark, Viken, Agder, Innlandet, Møre og Romsdal, Nordland, Rogaland, Trøndelag and Vestfold and Telemark.
Through the same update, the Ministry has announced that Bahrein and the United Arab Emirates have been added to the list of third countries that are considered epidemiologically safe in terms of their COVID-19 risk.
The list also includes Saudi Arabia, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, South Korea, Jordan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Singapore, Ukraine, Uruguay, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.