Finland (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Persons who have received a complete and valid vaccination series may be granted entry into Finland from any country, provided that at least 14 days have passed since the last vaccine dose has been received.

Check THL:s webpages for a list of covid-19 vaccines accepted in Finland, as well as what kind of vaccination certificate you need (https://bit.ly/3BTz2QT)
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: PCR tests required for some countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 14 days required for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 15.09.2021
1. Until 19 September 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Finland and their family members;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Finland;
– partners of nationals or residents of Finland;
– nationals of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland residing in Finland, and their family members if they are also residing in Finland;
– British nationals and their family members residing in Finland;
– nationals and residents of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and their family members, returning to their country of residence via Finland;
– passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or Vatican City (Holy See);
– residents of Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China), Macao (SAR China), New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Singapore, if arriving on a direct flight from Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China), Macao (SAR China), New Zealand, Saudi Arabia or Singapore;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before arrival, and their accompanying minors. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac;
– military personnel;
– more exemptions can be found at https://raja.fi/en/guidelines-for-border-traffic-during-pandemic
2. Passengers without a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival are subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival and self-isolation. The test result must be in English. Details can be found at https://www.finentry.fi/en/
– This does not apply to:
– passengers arriving from China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Macao (SAR China), Malta, New Zealand, Poland or Vatican City (Holy See);
– passengers arriving from the municipalities of Storfjord, Kafjord, Nordreisa, Kautokeino, Karasjok, Tana, Nesseby or Sor-Varanger in Norway;
– passengers arriving from the municipalities of Haparanda, Kiruna, Pajala or Overtornea in Sweden;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before arrival, and their accompanying minors. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac;
– passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate. The passenger must have tested positive at least 2 weeks and at most 6 months before arrival.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

1. Entry into Finland for persons who have received a complete covid-19 vaccination series

Persons who have received a complete and valid vaccination series may be granted entry into Finland from any country, provided that at least 14 days have passed since the last vaccine dose has been received. Check THL:s webpages for a list of covid-19 vaccines accepted in Finland, as well as what kind of vaccination certificate you need (https://bit.ly/3BTz2QT)

2. Entry into Finland from EU and Schengen countries

The EU and Schengen countries include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. In addition, this section applies to Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City State.

Travellers arriving in Finland from these countries are not bound by travel restrictions.

Please note that all persons arriving in Finland are still bound by the obligations stated in the Communicable Diseases Act. Make sure you read THL’s guidelines on their webpages regardless of which country or area you are travelling from: Travel and the coronavirus pandemic – Infectious diseases and vaccinations – THL (https://bit.ly/3ld2CKK)

3. Entry into Finland from outside the EU and the Schengen area without a complete covid-19 vaccination series

This section applies to persons who have not received a complete covid-19 vaccination series and who arrive in Finland from countries or regions outside of the European Union and the Schengen area.

Below, two categories are presented: arrival in Finland from regions and countries for which cross-border traffic has returned to normal (3.1), and arrival in Finland from regions and countries for which restrictions are still valid (3.2). Begin by determining which category your travels belong to.

Also note:

-Citizens and permanent residents of EU and Schengen countries may also be granted entry into Finland without restrictions, provided that they have a certificate of having had the covid-19 virus less than 6 months prior to their arrival in Finland.

-Citizens of EU and Schengen countries who fulfill the above criteria may also enter Finland accompanied by a minor if they have legal guardianship of the minor in question. The health security measures concerning minors are determined according to the current health safety guidelines.

3.1 Entry into Finland from regions and countries with normalized cross-border traffic

In accordance with the decision of the Finnish Government, cross-broder traffic from certain countries and regions has been normalized. These include: Hong Kong, Macau, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Taiwan.

Citizens and permanent residents in these regions and countries may travel to Finland without restrictions, provided that they travel to Finland directly from their country or region of residence by flight.

Please note that all persons arriving in Finland are still bound by the obligations stated in the Communicable Diseases Act. Make sure you read THL’s guidelines on their webpages regardless of which country or area you are travelling from: Travel and the coronavirus pandemic – Infectious diseases and vaccinations – THL (https://bit.ly/3l73ArJ)

3.2 Entry into Finland from countries and regions for which restrictions are still enforced

This section applies to entry in Finland for persons from all countries and regions not previously listed above, such as Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Turkey.

Persons who have received a complete vaccination series may be granted entry into Finland from any country, provided that at least 14 days have passed since the last vaccine dose has been received. Check THL:s webpages for a list of covid-19 vaccines accepted in Finland, as well as what kind of vaccination certificate you need (https://bit.ly/3hg1XH8)

A person who has not received a complete covid-19 vaccination series must have one of the following reasons for entering Finland. The gravity of the reasons are always evaluated case by case during border controls carried out by the Finnish Border Guard.

Return to Finland

-Finnish nationals and their family members
-nationals of EU and Schengen countries residing in Finland and their family members
-third-country nationals residing in Finland with a residence permit
-UK citizens and their family members residing in Finland who the Withdrawal Agreement applies to

Return to or through other EU and Schengen countries

-nationals of other EU and Schengen countries and their family members
-third-country nationals residing another EU or Schengen country with a residence permit
-UK citizens and their family members residing in Finland who the Withdrawal Agreement applies to

Essential reason

-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 the work cannot be delayed
-health care and rescue service personnel (including first aid) and elderly care professionals during assignments as well as authorative 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
-state representatives participating in international negotiations and persons engaged in work for international NGOs
-Persons travelling on a Finnish residence permit
-persons in need of international protection or who are travelling for other humanitarian reasons
-pressing family matters or other pressing personal reasons
-other necessary and justified transport such as representatives of the foreign media; transit of scheduled air services at airports and the arrival of a family member of a Finnish citizen living abroad, the picking of natural products based on the invitation from a company that is committed to a letter of intent, property, residence or secondary residence in Finland.

Special groups (such as representatives of culture, sports and business life)

Persons who are not Finnish citizens and reside in other EU and Schengen country may not return to their country of residence through Finland, except by flight, if the passage is related to leisurely travel.

In addition to diplomats, holders of service and official passports are allowed entry in the exercise of their duties.
 

Lockdown Details

In high-risk/accelerated-community-transmission areas, many businesses are closed (including restaurants, cafes, and bars.

See the Finnish Government website for more details on all the closures and re-openings https://valtioneuvosto.fi/en/information-on-coronavirus/current-restrictions .
 

Sources

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/FIN/7002
Data Source: covidcontrols.co