Kilometre-long queues as people rush to cross reopened Nordic border

On the Finnish border. (Atle Staalesen/The Independent Barents Observer)

Hundreds of cars amass at the far northern border crossing point between Finland and Norway as national authorities ease traveling restrictions.

Police in northern Norway reports about several kilometre long queues along the Norwegian-Finnish border at Perskogen-Kilipisjärvi. A big number of people from both countries now eagerly seek to cross the border that has been closed for regular traffic for several months.

According to police, travellers will have to wait “for several hours” to cross. Trucks and goods traffic is given priority, a tweet from the local police informs.

The Perskogen-Kilipisjärvi border crossing point is the most frequent route for  people traveling between Tromsø, Norway, and Rovaniemi, Finland.

The boost in cross-border traffic comes as Norwegian authorities on the 5th July introduced a major relaxation of traveling restrictions.

Finland goes “green”

According to the country’s government, practically all of Finland is now “green” for travellers, which means that there is no quarantine requirements for entry to Norway. Travellers without full vaccination still have to fill out an entry registration scheme and do a virus test at the border. People fully vaccinated are allowed free travelling without testing as long as they can provide necessary documentation.

The authorities in Oslo now also open up for smooth traveling to “green” parts of Sweden. However, several Swedish regions remain “red” or “orange.” Among them is the northernmost region of Norrbotten.

Norwegian health authorities provide the latest updates on border crossing restrictions at its coronavirus travel portal.

Related stories from around the North: 

Canada: Nunavik tourism reopening reason for optimism, vaccination uptake still a concern, Eye on the Arctic

Sweden: Norwegians with holiday homes in Sweden lose court case, Radio Sweden

Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer

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