Finland will require a PCR test from travelers from the EU from December 28

Finland will reinstate internal border controls and begin requiring a negative PCR test for coronavirus from EU travellers from 28 December, Prime Minister Sanna Marin told a press briefing.

The Finnish Cabinet discussed new restrictive measures due to the spread of a new strain of the coronavirus omicron from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. local time. At the end of the meeting, the Prime Minister gave a short briefing, promising to release details of the decisions on Wednesday.

“From December 28, internal border controls will be re-established at the borders. A negative coronavirus test will be required at internal borders,” Marin said.

The operation of restaurants on Christmas Eve, celebrated in Western countries on December 24-25, will end at 10 p.m. local time (23 Moscow time) and the sale of alcohol at 9 p.m., the prime minister specified.

From 28 December and for the next three weeks, restaurants will close at 6pm, with alcohol sales at 5pm.

According to Finnish media, the government will cancel certificates of vaccination against coronavirus (Covid-passport) starting from December 30 for at least two weeks, thus equating vaccinated and unvaccinated residents, which will not allow mass events in the country, for example.

Peaks of new infections with coronavirus have been recorded in Finland since the omicron strain was detected, averaging more than 1,000 per day. The total number of reported cases in the country during the entire pandemic period was 221292 as of Tuesday, with 1495 deaths.