Finland announced that fully vaccinated travellers can enter the country with no need for COVID tests as long as they can show proof of vaccination a fortnight before arrival according to VIsit Finland. They also said that those who can prove they have recovered from the virus within six months of arriving in Finland will not have to undergo testing upon arrival either.
Even though Finland is welcoming international tourists, the country is still on the UK’s amber list, this means that fully jabbed Brits can visit Finland and will not be required to quarantine or take two PCR tests upon arrival in the UK.
Kristiina Hietasaari, Director of Visit Finland, said: “ We look forward to welcoming UK travellers back to explore our 188,000 lakes, the forest which covers more than 70% of our land and of course cities such as our capital Helsinki, renowned for its artistic and cultural offerings as well as its vibrant and innovative culinary scene. Across the country our tourism industry looks forward to warmly welcoming visitors from the UK for a safe travel experience.”
If you need some reasons to visit this wonderful Nordic country, here are just a few. Finland has 40 national parks all scattered around the country’s archipelago, lakes, forests, peat lands and fells. The country’s capital, Helsinki, is definitely worth visiting. You may be thinking everyone says that about a country’s capital, but this city has the advantage of being a seaside city, with beautiful islands to explore and so much more.
One of the best parts about Helsinki are the Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis. If you plan your trip carefully you can watch the night sky light up with vibrant colours thanks to the parts of the country that offer clear and dark skies and a viewing spot not affected by light pollution, like street lights and neon signs.
Similar to Iceland, Finland also has an important sauna culture, making it an excellent destination to relax after the stresses of the pandemic. Also, Finland is the third country in the world when it comes to clean air, according to the WHO (World Health Organisation), especially in Lapland.