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krapulassa
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Crossing borders in car

Post by krapulassa » Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:46 pm

I need to go from Finland to Germany (via Estonia, Latvia, Poland). What kind of border checks can I expect? And will a recent covid19 test work on the road border like it does at the airport?



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FinlandGirl
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Re: Crossing borders in car

Post by FinlandGirl » Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:58 pm

krapulassa wrote:
Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:46 pm
I need to go from Finland to Germany (via Estonia, Latvia, Poland).
And Lithuania.
krapulassa wrote:
Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:46 pm
What kind of border checks can I expect? And will a recent covid19 test work on the road border like it does at the airport?
The five different countries you want to enter have five different border rules, and each might change at any time.
It would be less risky to take the ferry from Travemünde.

tavastia
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Re: Crossing borders in car

Post by tavastia » Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:20 am

Magic word will be "transit" and it shall work for all checks.

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Re: Crossing borders in car

Post by FinlandGirl » Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:45 pm

tavastia wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:20 am
Magic word will be "transit" and it shall work for all checks.
It does not.

SecretCode
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Re: Crossing borders in car

Post by SecretCode » Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:42 pm

Indeed ... "transit" applies when you remain within a transit area for the entire time you pass through that country. This can work for airports.

I'm unaware of any roads through Estonia, Latvia or Poland that are exclusively transit.
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Re: Crossing borders in car

Post by FinlandGirl » Fri Mar 05, 2021 4:04 pm

SecretCode wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:42 pm
Indeed ... "transit" applies when you remain within a transit area for the entire time you pass through that country. This can work for airports.

I'm unaware of any roads through Estonia, Latvia or Poland that are exclusively transit.
There are exceptions for transit when travelling on normal roads, but they differ in every country and may only apply when returning to your country of residence.

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Re: Crossing borders in car

Post by NukkuMatti » Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:08 pm

krapulassa wrote:
Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:46 pm
I need to go from Finland to Germany (via Estonia, Latvia, Poland). What kind of border checks can I expect? And will a recent covid19 test work on the road border like it does at the airport?
Take the boat from Vuosaari to Travenmünde, problem solved.

tavastia
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Re: Crossing borders in car

Post by tavastia » Sat Mar 06, 2021 5:25 am

Cheaper, faster will be just to fly... Avoid Finnair as they require a convid test when returning to Finland, even Finland does not require one.... You will be tested at arrival.

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Re: Crossing borders in car

Post by FinlandGirl » Sat Mar 06, 2021 9:53 am

tavastia wrote:
Sat Mar 06, 2021 5:25 am
Cheaper, faster will be just to fly...
This suggestion does not make sense with a car.

MonikonPartitiivi
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Re: Crossing borders in car

Post by MonikonPartitiivi » Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:08 pm

Aren't them all in Schengen Zone?

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Re: Crossing borders in car

Post by SecretCode » Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:35 am

MonikonPartitiivi wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:08 pm
Aren't them all in Schengen Zone?
They are, but the Schengen Convention does allow for temporary border controls in exceptional circumstances.

Temporary Reintroduction of Border Control

... Although I don't see Estonia, Latvia or Poland mentioned there.
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Re: Crossing borders in car

Post by SecretCode » Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:36 am

FinlandGirl wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 4:04 pm
SecretCode wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:42 pm
Indeed ... "transit" applies when you remain within a transit area for the entire time you pass through that country. This can work for airports.

I'm unaware of any roads through Estonia, Latvia or Poland that are exclusively transit.
There are exceptions for transit when travelling on normal roads, but they differ in every country and may only apply when returning to your country of residence.
How would you find out those exceptions? Do you have an example?
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Re: Crossing borders in car

Post by NukkuMatti » Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:58 am

SecretCode wrote:
Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:36 am
FinlandGirl wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 4:04 pm
SecretCode wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:42 pm
Indeed ... "transit" applies when you remain within a transit area for the entire time you pass through that country. This can work for airports.

I'm unaware of any roads through Estonia, Latvia or Poland that are exclusively transit.
There are exceptions for transit when travelling on normal roads, but they differ in every country and may only apply when returning to your country of residence.
How would you find out those exceptions? Do you have an example?
https://travelbans.org/europe/

FinlandGirl
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Re: Crossing borders in car

Post by FinlandGirl » Mon Mar 08, 2021 12:52 pm

SecretCode wrote:
Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:36 am
FinlandGirl wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 4:04 pm
SecretCode wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:42 pm
Indeed ... "transit" applies when you remain within a transit area for the entire time you pass through that country. This can work for airports.

I'm unaware of any roads through Estonia, Latvia or Poland that are exclusively transit.
There are exceptions for transit when travelling on normal roads, but they differ in every country and may only apply when returning to your country of residence.
How would you find out those exceptions?
Every country has a webpage explaining the rules, read the rules of every country you want to enter carefully.
SecretCode wrote:
Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:36 am
Do you have an example?
https://raja.fi/en/guidelines-for-borde ... g-pandemic

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Re: Crossing borders in car

Post by SecretCode » Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:31 pm

FinlandGirl wrote:
Mon Mar 08, 2021 12:52 pm
SecretCode wrote:
Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:36 am
Do you have an example?
https://raja.fi/en/guidelines-for-borde ... g-pandemic
That page only mentions transit in airports, and it's only the Finnish border. I meant an example of another country (esp Poland, Latvia or Estonia) having different covid-19 rules for transiting by road from rules for arrivals to stay. It still seems unlikely to me, as they would have no way of checking.
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