Guard at the border: UK-Finland travel plan blindsides officials!

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The BBC reports that British ministers are set to make an announcement as early as this weekend about a quarantine-free travel route between UK and Finland.

Border Guard, ministers, unsighted about UK-Finland “travel corridor” plan

The BBC reports that Boris Johnson’s government is set to announce a list of countries, including Finland, to be part of a scheme for travel in both directions with no quarantine restrictions.

These “travel corridors” would be formed with countries that have low instances of coronavirus like France, Spain, Greece, Italy, Norway and Germany.

According to the BBC “the initial list of destinations exempt from the quarantine is expected to take effect early next month.”

The only problem is, nobody’s told the Finns, even though an announcement could apparently come as early as the weekend from British ministers.

“A travel corridor would mean that two people travelling in both directions between two countries would not have to self-isolate after they travel” the BBC explains.

However a travel corridor is “not currently in preparation” confirms Minister of Interior Maria Ohisalo‘s office, while a senior official with the Border Guard tells News Now Finland they haven’t heard of any such scheme either.

Currently only residents of Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania can come to Finland without self-isolating.

Under new rules outlined this week, Finland will ease restrictions for a number of EU and Schengen countries from the middle of July based on the state of their coronavirus epidemics at that time. Those countries include Ireland, Greece, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and several others, if there are no more than eight new cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants in the previous 14 days.

The UK is not currently on that list, although the Border Guard says it will be reviewed regularly, and with a final decision to be taken by 10th July there is still a possibility of the UK being included.

However, the decision hinges on how will the UK is tackling the coronavirus epidemic. In the last 24 hours there were 653 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Britain and 154 deaths. In total there have been more than 300,000 coronavirus cases and more than 43,000 deaths in the UK so far.

Currently UK residents can come to Finland if they are returning Finnish citizens; if they hold a Finnish residence permit; if they are coming to Finland to work; or for other personal reasons “which are assessed on a case-by-case basis” according to Border Guard guidelines.

The latest advice for these travelers is that they should self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Finland.

Source: newsnowfinland.fi

14 Comments
  1. EmilyWonders says

    Has there been any communication or coordination between the UK and Finland regarding this proposed travel corridor? It seems surprising that the Finnish authorities are unaware of such plans.

    1. MichaelExplorer says

      It appears that there has been a lack of communication between the UK and Finland regarding this travel corridor initiative. The unexpected nature of the announcement seems to have blindsided the Finnish authorities, raising concerns about coordination between the two countries.

  2. EmmaSmith_27 says

    It’s concerning that the UK government is planning a travel corridor without coordinating with Finland. Both countries should work together to ensure the safety of their citizens during these uncertain times.

  3. EmilySmith123 says

    It seems like the UK government acts unilaterally without consulting the affected countries like Finland. The lack of communication is concerning, especially when it involves public health measures. Hopefully, the authorities will coordinate better in the future to avoid such blindsiding scenarios.

  4. EmilyJones says

    It’s quite concerning that the UK is planning a travel corridor with Finland without even informing the Finnish officials beforehand. Communication and coordination between countries are crucial, especially during a global pandemic. Let’s hope both governments can work together efficiently to address this issue before implementing any sudden travel changes.

  5. AliceBrown says

    As a frequent traveler, I find it concerning that such important decisions are being made without proper communication with the affected countries. It’s essential for the authorities to coordinate and inform all parties involved to avoid confusion and potential chaos at the borders. Let’s hope that these travel corridors are implemented smoothly and with the well-being of all travelers in mind.

  6. AnnaSmith says

    It’s concerning to see the lack of communication between the UK and Finland regarding the travel corridor plans. If the officials haven’t been informed yet, how can this be expected to work smoothly? Clear coordination is crucial for the success of such initiatives.

    1. MaxWilliams says

      Slightly worrying this. Lack of communication seems to be a recurring theme in these situations. Hopefully, the necessary coordination will be put in place soon to avoid any unnecessary complications.

  7. AliceSmith91 says

    Has the Finnish government been informed about this potential travel corridor between UK and Finland, or is it all just speculation at this point?

  8. EmilyJones82 says

    It’s quite surprising that the announcement regarding the UK-Finland travel plan is set to be made without any prior communication with the Finnish officials. The lack of coordination raises concerns about the effectiveness and implementation of such travel corridors. It’s essential for both countries to work together in ensuring the safety and well-being of travelers during these challenging times.

  9. EmmaSmith says

    It’s concerning to see the lack of communication between the UK and Finland regarding the proposed travel corridor. Clear coordination is crucial in times like these to ensure the safety of travelers and prevent the spread of the virus.

  10. EmmaSmith90 says

    It’s concerning that the UK is planning a quarantine-free travel route with Finland without informing Finnish officials beforehand. Clear communication is crucial in times like these to avoid misunderstandings and ensure the safety of both countries’ residents.

  11. AliceJohnson says

    It’s quite concerning that the UK government is moving forward with travel plans without properly coordinating with the Finnish officials. Such decisions should be made collaboratively and transparently to ensure the safety and well-being of both nations’ citizens.

  12. EmmaSmith123 says

    Has Finland been officially informed about this potential travel plan with the UK or is this catching officials by surprise?

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