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Health committee recommends changes to Covid entry model ahead of Parliamentary debate

The committee proposes that incoming passengers from low-risk countries should be able to enter the country freely without testing, among other recommendations.

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In its proposal, the government did not divide countries according to the risk of infection, but insisted that all passengers lacking a corona certificate should be tested twice. The committee disagreed. Image: Markku Ulander / Lehtikuva
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Parliament's Social Affairs and Health committee has made a number of recommended changes to the government's proposal for how travellers can enter Finland from abroad during the Covid era, ahead of a Parliamentary debate on Tuesday afternoon.

Current regulations require that passengers take a test in advance or upon arrival into the country. Advance testing should however no longer be required for those who have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the committee.

This change would mean that incoming travellers who have received one dose of a coronavirus vaccine would only need to take one test between three and five days after their arrival.

Committee chair Markus Lohi told Yle that the changes made by the Social Affairs and Health Committee to the government's proposal are "quite significant".

Another tweak, made in accordance with the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, is the shortening of the new legislation's expiration date from the end of 2021 to mid-October.

"Probably the most important change is that the law in its entirety will only be valid until 15 October," Lohi said.

"We also made a couple of changes to the content that apply to legal clauses," Lohi added, referring to the committee's country-specific risk assessment model which would see travellers from countries with low incidence enter the country without the requirement to undergo a test.

The government's proposal did not divide countries according to the risk of infection, outlining that all travellers that do not have a Covid vaccination certificate should be tested twice, regardless of their country of departure.

The crucial vote on the new entry model is scheduled to take place on Friday.

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