Travel to and from Finland
Finland may restrict entry from other countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Health security measures taken upon arrival are aimed at slowing down the spread of the pandemic. No health security measures are required at the border for people who have received a full course of vaccination.
Other countries too may place restrictions on travel. As a rule, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises that travellers should exercise special caution when travelling not only in the EU and the Schengen area but also in countries outside the region.
Everyone has the right to leave Finland, provided that there is no legal impediment to this. Finnish citizens, their family members and permanent residents of Finland always have the right to return to Finland.
Travelling to Finland
Guidelines in a nutshell
- You can enter Finland from all countries if you have received a full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine while taking into account the provisions on the entry of foreign nationals into Finland, e.g. visa requirements. You will not be subject to any other obligations under the Communicable Diseases Act.
- You can travel from EU and Schengen countries to Finland, but you must first check your obligations under the Communicable Diseases Act (see figure below), for example with regard to COVID-19 testing.
- If you have not received a full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and are arriving from outside the EU or Schengen area, check the restrictions on travel to Finland from the country in question on the Border Guard website. If travel is possible, i.e. you are coming from a country on the EU’s green list from which entry into Finland is allowed, or you have an essential reason to travel, check your obligations under the Communicable Diseases Act (see figure below). In addition, some of the countries on the EU green list are exempted from these obligations.
Please be aware that just because you are allowed to Finland, that does not mean you are automatically exempted from the obligation to be tested for COVID-19, for example.
The Border Guard will carry out border checks and decide whether to admit people into the country. Under the Constitution, Finnish citizens and permanent residents of Finland always have the right to return to Finland.
For people other than Finnish citizens and permanent residents of Finland, the border check authorities will assess whether the conditions for entry are met if a person arrives at the border without a COVID-19-related certificate.
Internal border control ended on 26 July 2021. This means that traffic from the EU and Schengen countries to Finland is allowed without restrictions.
The EU restrictions on external border traffic will continue to be in force for several countries until 22 August 2021. Entry is permitted in the following cases:
- Return travel to Finland.
- Return travel to or through other EU and Schengen countries.
- Entry into Finland from certain specified countries and regions.
- Essential reasons will be assessed on a case-by-case basis based on the information gathered during the border check.
- Special groups (such as representatives of culture, sports and business life).
- For futher information, see 'Entry into Finland from countries and regions for which restrictions are still enforced’ on the Border Guard website
- A full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine taken prior to arrival in Finland with the last vaccine taken at least 14 days prior to entry. See the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare’s list of approved vaccines
- For citizens and residents of EU and Schengen countries, proof of recovery from COVID-19 less than six months prior to entry.
After arrival and any border checks, the health authorities are responsible for health security measures and for providing instructions to people arriving in the country.
When you arrive in Finland from a low-risk country, you will not need to participate in the health security procedures in place at the point of entry. Find more information about the low-risk countries on the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare website.
When you arrive in Finland from any area other than those listed on the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare website, you will be subject to the health security measures applied to all persons entering from high-risk countries.
Health security measures on entry into the country
- When arriving from a risk country with a certificate of an approved full-course COVID-19 vaccination (no less than 14 days from the last dose) or laboratory confirmation of having been infected with COVID-19 within the past 6 months, you do not need to take the COVID-19 test. See the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare’s list of approved vaccines
- If you have a certificate of having tested negative for the coronavirus no more than 72 hours before arrival in Finland or of having received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine course at least 14 days before arrival in Finland, you will be referred to the test within 3–5 days of arrival in Finland.
- If you do not have any of the above-mentioned certificates, you will be referred to the COVID-19 test at your point of entry and within 3–5 days of arrival in Finland.
Travel abroad and COVID-19 vaccination certificates
The COVID-19 pandemic remains a major global risk to travel safety, and the situation may deteriorate abruptly and unpredictably in any country or region.
As a rule, the Foreign Ministry advises that travellers should exercise special caution when travelling not only in the EU and the Schengen area but also in countries outside the region. The Ministry’s travel advice in respect of certain countries is to avoid non-essential travel, to avoid all travel or, due to the general security situation, to leave the country immediately.
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare recommends that all who travel abroad should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before travelling.
If you are planning to travel, it is important to remember that all countries may impose restrictions on entry at their own borders, and it may not be possible to travel to all countries.
If you decide to travel,
- always check the current entry regulations with the authorities of your destination country before travelling by contacting that country’s diplomatic mission, for instance. Be aware that countries may also impose entry restrictions on transit traffic.
- check the requirements of airports and airlines, e.g. regarding wearing face masks or showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
- also check the instructions of any other transport operators you will use.
The EU Digital COVID Certificate contains information on COVID-19 vaccinations, negative test results and/or recovery from COVID-19. The COVID-19 certificates are available in the My Kanta Pages.
You can use the EU Digital COVID Certificate when crossing borders within the EU. If you are planning to travel, it is important to check the requirements for entry into your country of destination with that country’s authorities.
Press releases and news
Instructions for travellers and employees arriving in Finland – thl.fiThe Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) provides instructions on the health safety of travellers arriving in Finland. You can use the traffic light system on their website to assess the need for self-isolation and the risk of COVID-19 infection associated with travelling abroad.
Foreign Ministry’s travel advice notices
FinentryThe Helsinki University Hospital HUS's Finentry web service lets incoming travellers review travel instructions before or during their trip, book an appointment for a Covid-19 test in Finland, and receive instructions for arriving at their test as well as the test result by text message.
Border Guard guidelines for travellers – raja.fiThe Border Guard provides guidelines on entering the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines are based on the Government’s decisions on border traffic.
Recommendations for travellers arriving in Finland – thl.fiThe Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) material bank provides guidance on health safety measures for travellers arriving in Finland in several languages.
Air travel during COVID-19 – finavia.fiWhat do travellers need to take into account before departure, at the airport and when returning from a trip? Where can I fly from Finland?