On 22 January, the Government decided to tighten the restrictions on entry into Finland. The new restrictions will enter into force on 27 January. The page will be updated. I  Press release, Ministry of the Interior 22.1.2021

Entry restrictions and health measures in place in Finland

The Government will reassess the need for and extent of the restrictions on entry  based on the epidemiological situation.

When entry from a certain country is restricted due to a high incidence of COVID-19, recreational travel to Finland from that country is not permitted. In this case, only return traffic to Finland, transit traffic, commuting or travel for other essential reasons is possible. Self-isolation and testing are recommended for travellers arriving in Finland from high-incidence countries.

The lifting of entry restrictions means that recreational travel to Finland is permitted. In this case, it is not necessary to self-isolate upon arrival in Finland or take a COVID-19 test. 

Any changes to the restrictions will be made by the Ministry of the Interior based on an expert evaluation by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. The changes will be decided on at the Thursday government session.

Health security measures

A 14-day period of self-isolation is recommended for travellers arriving in Finland from high-incidence countries. Travellers can shorten their self-isolation period at their discretion if they take two COVID-19 tests and the results are negative. 

Residents of Finland returning from high-incidence countries may, at their discretion, shorten the 14-day period of self-isolation by taking a test at the airport or port as soon as they arrive in Finland, followed by a second test in their home municipality no earlier than 72 hours after the first test. Between the tests, self-isolation at home is recommended.

It is recommended that travellers who do not live in Finland take a COVID-19 test less than 72 hours before arriving in Finland. A second test can be taken in Finland no earlier than 72 hours after arriving in Finland. Between the tests, self-isolation at the place of accommodation is recommended. The self-isolation period will end if the test result is negative. If a person’s test result is positive, a doctor specialised in infectious diseases may place them under quarantine. They must remain in quarantine until they have recovered.

Finnish citizens and residents of Finland always have the right to return to Finland, and everyone has the right to leave Finland if they so wish, provided that there is no legal impediment to this. However, the Government still recommends avoiding unnecessary travel to other countries, except for those countries for which the restrictions on entry have been lifted.

Due to the mutated COVID-19 strain, it is recommended that all travel to the United Kingdom, South Africa and Ireland is avoided. It is also recommended that travellers arriving from the United Kingdom, Ireland or South Africa take a COVID-19 test as soon as they arrive in Finland.

Restrictions on entry as of 27 January

On 22 January 2021, the Government decided to tighten the restrictions on entry into the country and to extend their validity until 25 February 2021. The restrictions laid down in the new decision will enter into force on 27 January 2021.

Internal border control has been restored until 25 February 2021 for traffic between Finland and all Schengen countries, with the exception of leisure boating. The same restrictions apply to non-Schengen EU countries and to Andorra, Monaco and San Marino.

External border traffic refers to traffic between Finland and non-Schengen countries. There are no restrictions on entry for residents of Australia, South Korea, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand and New Zealand in traffic arriving from these regions, nor are there restrictions on traffic from the Vatican.

Restrictions will only be lifted for residents of China and of the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions travelling from these regions to Finland once sufficient reciprocity has been confirmed by the Council of the European Union.

For all other non-Schengen countries, the restrictions on entry allow only return traffic to Finland and other EU and Schengen countries, transit traffic at Helsinki Airport and other essential traffic. In addition, a 14-day period of self-isolation is recommended for travellers arriving in Finland. Travellers can shorten their self-isolation period at their discretion if they take two voluntary COVID-19 tests.

With effect from 1 January 2021, UK citizens will be subject to the provisions on third-country nationals in border checks.

Restrictions on commuting across internal borders

At internal borders, only commuting that is absolutely essential for ensuring security of supply and the functioning of society will be permitted. Entry requires a separate form from the employer. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment maintains a list of tasks that are considered essential from the perspective of security of supply and the functioning of society.

There will no longer be exemptions for persons belonging to border communities. The right of the border municipalities’ residents to freely use the services in a neighbouring country will be terminated, and the self-isolation recommendation will be reintroduced for border crossings. 

Government decides to tighten border traffic, press release 22 January 2021