Latest update, August 17, 2020: Today, we’ve received confirmation from the Embassy of Finland that the changes announced last week will, in fact, not be happening:
Old rules still valid, i.e. a recommendation to self-isolate if you return to Finland e.g. from Croatia. @THLresearch is preparing a so-called traffic light model that will communicate to travelers what measures are likely to be taken when arriving to ??. https://t.co/H24czqcefC
— Finland in Croatia (@FinEmbCroatia) August 17, 2020
August 11, 2020 – In a totally unexpected and somewhat weird twist, the Embassy of Finland to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Holy See announced today that Finland will introduce a mandatory 14-day quarantine and obligatory COVID-19 testing for travelers coming to Finland from Croatia.
In a tweet post an hour or so ago, the Embassy explains the decision just a little bit further (see below):
— Finland in Croatia (@FinEmbCroatia) August 11, 2020
It is unclear how or why the decision has been made now, as Croatia is decidedly not on high-risk lists created by most European countries (and we’ve extensively written about the epidemiological situation in Croatia being quite good and improving in the last weeks). No further detail on the decision are currently available, so we don’t know much more. One thing we can tell you is that, if you’re planning on going to Finland soon, and you’re currently in Croatia or Bosnia and Herzegovina (we can’t confirm at this moment which additional countries will be placed on the Finnish high-risk list), you should consider that move as soon as possible. The Embassy said in their vague tweet that more information should be known before the end of this week.
Before this decision, Croatia was listed as one of the non-Schengen countries, for which “Self-quarantine is recommended for those arriving in Finland.“