Finland introduces compulsory medical control at border points in the south of the country
The new requirements will apply from 18 to 31 March.
"Mandatory control is introduced in the ports of Helsinki, the capital airport of Vantaa (Vantaa) and the border crossing point with Russia Vaalimaa (Vaalimaa). Persons crossing the border must provide evidence of a negative coronavirus test performed in the last 72 hours. If there is no such proof, it is necessary to pass a COVID test on the spot," the regional authorities of Southern Finland informed on Wednesday.
If there is a certificate of the negative result of the COVID test, the person arriving in Finland must not perform the test. The test is also not required if the person arriving in the country provides credible evidence that he or she has had a coronavirus within the last six months.
The order does not apply to transit passengers, truck drivers and logistics personnel at the airport.
It concerns those coming from high-risk countries, where the daily rate of infection per 100,000 people has been over 25 in the last two weeks. As of Wednesday, this means that all European countries are covered - transmits "Interfax".
Failure to perform a compulsory medical examination may result in a fine or imprisonment for up to three months.