Finland brings back border testing for unvaccinated travellers

Travellers arriving in Finland could bring the Omicron coronavirus variant with them. Image: Alamy / All Over Press

Finland's Ministry for Social Affairs and Health says that arriving passengers should in future be tested for Covid if they do not have a certificate proving they've been vaccinated.

This ends any exemptions for arrivals from countries considered to have reasonable Covid situations, as the Omikron variant spreads worldwide.

But now anyone who does not show a vaccine pass will be asked to go for a health check, at which they can be asked to take a Covid test.

The ministry says this will help slow the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant into and within Finland.

The new rules are based on advice from the National Institute for Health and Welfare, THL. They come into effect from Saturday.