Interview with Finnish author and journalist Roni Smolar: Finland-Israel 70 years
In the podcast, Ninaroze Maoz interviews Roni Smolar, a Finnish author, journalist and former Head of the Jewish Community in Helsinki. Smolar has been through his career privileged to follow closely the relations and cooperation between Finland and Israel. The podcast takes listeners for a historical trip, starting from Rony's childhood memories through the state visits, historic events and developments from the 1950s to the present day.
COVID 19 - news in Israel
The restrictions in gathering are still in place in Israel. Cultural and entertainment as well as tourism services remain mainly closed. Public services are open with certain restrictions. Essential services and some shops are open. Restaurants and cafés are closed to customers, but open for food delivery and takeout. Educational institutes are operating partly online. Gatherings are restricted up to 10 persons indoors and up to 20 persons outdoors. Public transport is running. It is mandatory to wear face mask in public. Rules and regulations might change in short notice.
Effects of COVID-19 pandemic on Finnish missions’ entry permit services – current situation
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to influence the entry permit services of the Finnish diplomatic missions abroad. All missions are not able to provide these services in the same way and to the same extent as in normal circumstances before the pandemic. The missions have been able to serve customers in questions related to entry matters in the countries where this has been possible taking into account health security and local official regulations. In this fall, the missions have been reopening their services as far as possible, and currently entry services are provided in most countries at least to a limited extent.
Celebrating 70 Years of Finnish-Israeli Diplomatic Relations: calling singers to join a Virtual Choir!
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Finland and Israel. To celebrate this special occasion, we are calling singers to join a Virtual Choir to perform together the Finnish and Israeli national anthems.
Changes to travel guidance and entry restrictions due to COVID-19 situation
According to the Government decision made in September, restrictions on entry may be lifted for traffic between Finland and those EU and Schengen countries and the counties on the green list specified by the Council of the EU where the incidence of COVID-19 has not exceeded 25 new cases per 100,000 persons in the previous 14 days. The Government assesses the situation in different countries once a week. This news article will be updated with changes to the guidance and restrictions.
Finland is participating in several cultural events in Israel this autumn
This year has been full of changes and many events of our original plan have changed into virtual programs. Attached you can find information about the Embassy's upcoming events. More details on each event will be published on our social media channels. Stay healthy and safe!
Travel guidance and entry restrictions amended due to COVID-19
On 11 September, the Government adopted a decision on restrictions on border traffic, which will enter into force on 19 September. Restrictions on entry will be lifted for traffic between Finland and Cyprus, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Poland and Sweden, as well as for residents of Australia, Canada and Japan who are travelling from their home country to Finland. Restrictions on entry into the country will be reintroduced between Finland and Hungary and Italy.
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