August 11, 2020 — Finland introduced a mandatory two-week home quarantine for everyone arriving in Finland from high-risk countries, including Croatia. Italy is considering COVID-19 testing for visitors coming from Croatia.
The Finnish Embassy in Croatia announced the policy change on their official Twitter account.
“Finland will introduce a mandatory 14-day home quarantine for everyone coming from high-risk countries (including Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina). Mandatory coronavirus testing will also be introduced. (More information by the end of this week.)” the tweet read.
In addition, the Croatia news website Večernji list reported that Finland has confirmed 7,623 total COVID-19 cases and 333 deaths.
In response to the spiking cases, Finland opened a COVID-19 testing facility for passengers arriving at the Helsinki Airport n August 3. Then, on the same day, THL confirmed they would issue a recommendation to wear face masks in public places where people cannot keep a distance of 1.5 to 2 meters.
Furthermore, on August 4, they launched an app to trace people who have been in contact with infected individual as a pilot version for the City of Helsinki and Pirkanmaa Hospital District employees. The app will become available to the public after August 31.
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Italy Considering COVID-19 Tests for Croatia, Malta Visitors
Like Finland, Italy is considering entry restrictions for travelers from Croatia. Along with Malta, Italy is considering COVID-19 tests for visitors from Croatia because of the case spikes in those countries.
Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced the decision, which impacts Croatia visitors. He also indicated that this decision is similar to Italy’s COVID-19 test policy regarding visitors from Spain and Greece.
Corriere Della Sera reported that the scientific and technical committee of the Italian government has alerted the country because of the spike of COVID-19 cases in Malta and Croatia.
Minister Speranza also indicated that airports, ports and train stations will administer the tests.
As of August 11, Italy had 13,368 active cases. Italy’s number of active cases was one of the highest in the world. Overall, there have been 250,825 confirmed cases and 35,209 deaths (a rate of 583 deaths per million population) while there have been 202,248 have recovered. Italy has tested about 7,276,276 people. Due to the limited number of tests, the real number of infected people in Italy, as in other countries, may be higher than the official count.
Follow our dedicated COVID-19 page for updates on travel restrictions within Croatia and abroad.