Immigration Updates – 10th of June

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    General Updates


    The Italian Ministry of Internal Affairs has announced that a new “decreto flussi” will soon be published, with a quota of 75,000 work permits. This amounts to an increase of more than 5000 on last year’s quota.

    COVID-19 Updates


    • Effective until 30 June 2022:
    • Unrestricted entry is permitted for the following travellers:
      • Those arriving fromEU and Schengen countries (Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the Vatican).
      • Citizens and permanent residents of the following green list countries (travelling directly from these countries): Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay.
    • Restricted entry is in from all other countries (including Russia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States).
      • A person may be granted entry into Finland from any country if they present
        • a certificate of a complete and valid vaccination series. At least 7 days must have passed since the last vaccine dose has been received OR
        • a single certificate that the person has recovered from covid-19 virus and has gotten one dose of valid vaccine. It is equated to a complete covid-19 vaccination series. OR
        • EU digital COVID certificate that proves the person has recovered from covid-19 within 6 months.
      • All the above-mentioned requirements apply to persons born in 2006 or earlier.
      • The requirements above do not apply to Finnish citizens or permanent residents of Finland returning to Finland (e.g., persons who have registered the right of residence in Finland or with a residence permit granted by Finland).
      • Neither does the requirement apply to those who enter the country for an essential reason listed below. The essential reason for travelling is always evaluated case by case during border controls carried out by the Finnish Border Guard:
        • Work that is significant for the functioning of society or supply security, the implementation of which requires the work performance of a person or persons coming from another country and that the work cannot be delayed
        • health care and rescue service personnel (including first aid) and elderly care professionals during assignments as well as authoritative personnel performing essential work tasks
        • transport and logistics personnel during assignments
        • diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their duties
        • persons travelling with a residence permit in Finland
        • state representatives participating in international negotiations and persons engaged in the work of international NGOs
        • persons in need of international protection or who are travelling for other humanitarian purposes
        • pressing family matters or other pressing personal reasons
        • other necessary and justified purposes (such as representatives of the foreign media; transit of scheduled air services at airports; a property, a residence or a secondary residence in Finland; the arrival of a family member of a Finnish citizen living abroad).


    • Effective 7 June 2022, entry is permitted for travellers vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by WHO, in addition to those vaccinated with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or equivalent vaccines.
      • Vaccines approved by the WHO (specified by the Federal Ministry of Health) are COVAXIN, Covilo (Sinopharm), CONVIDECIA (CanSino) and CoronaVac (Sinovac).


    • Effective 6 June 2022, children under 12 are exempt from the requirement to prove their COVID-19 status.


    • Effective 2 June 2022:
    • Travellers arriving in Spain BY AIR OR SEA from EU/Schengen countries are no longer required to present a Digital COVID Certificate (or EU equivalent) or QR SpTH health control.
    • Travellers arriving in Spain BY AIR (except children under 12 years of age and those in international transit), from non-EU/Schengen countries, including Spaniards returning to their home, must have one of these documents:
      • DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE OR EU EQUIVALENT: Showing vaccination against COVID-19 OR a negative certificate of an active infection diagnostic test OR a certificate of recovery from COVID-19
        • Travellers can check if their certificate is valid valid here or in the Spain Travel Health app (SpTH).
        • Upon arrival at the airport follow the signals indicating the ORANGE WAY .
      • QR SPTH: Travellers without the EU Digital COVID Certificate or EU equivalent must fill in the SPTH Health Control Form manually entering the data of their vaccination, recovery or diagnostic test certificate certificate here or in the Spain Travel Health app (SpTH).
        • The system will send a QR code that must be presented both prior to boarding, and upon arrival in Spain.
        • During health control, travellers may be required to present this document certifying vaccination, diagnostic test or recovery.
        • Upon arrival at the airport follow the signals indicating the BLUE WAY.
    • Travellers arriving in Spain BY SEA from non-EU/Schengen countries must have one of these documents must be in possession of one of the required health certificates (vaccination, recovery or diagnostic test), whether it is an EU CCD/EU equivalent or another type, without being required to complete a health control form.
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