Like many other countries, Finland has a problem. It’s not very big, and it relies on tourism for a chunk of revenue, especially foreign currency revenue.
As the coronavirus pandemic shutdown continues, the country loses precious time in the high tourism summer months. That’s lost money that can’t be made up. To mitigate some of the loss, Finland is reversing course and relaxing some of its travel restrictions.
The Finnish government decided on Tuesday that, starting July 13, it will scrap restrictions for leisure travelers from certain European countries such as Italy and Germany, as long as infection rates remain at current levels. Even with this, the traveler must quarantine for 14 days when they enter Finland.
The government will allow in travelers from European countries where infections remain at a maximum 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a period of two weeks.
And of course, they won’t allow travelers from neighboring Sweden, which took a more relaxed route, allowing the virus to spread so that more people would develop immunity and hopefully knock down a second wave.