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.

Health security measures

A 10-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 10-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.

If a traveller is staying in Finland for less than 72 hours, they do not need to self-isolate or take a second COVID-19 test. 

People living in Sweden and Estonia may come to work in Finland without a self-isolation period or testing. Similarly, day-to-day travel across Finland’s land borders with Sweden and Norway is permitted for residents of border communities without a self-isolation period or testing. Restrictions on entry into Finland will be tightened on 27 January 2021.

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.

It is recommended that travellers arriving from the United Kingdom, Ireland or South Africa take a COVID-19 test as soon as they arrive in Finland. Passenger air traffic from the UK, Ireland and South Africa to Finland has been suspended until 25 January 2021.

Restrictions on border traffic from 11 January

On 7 January, the Government decided to extend the restrictions on entry into the country until 9 February 2021. 

Restrictions on internal border traffic are in force for traffic between Finland and Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, with the exception of leisure boating.

External border traffic refers to traffic between Finland and non-Schengen countries. Restrictions on entry will also be reinstated for residents of Japan and South Korea arriving in Finland. The change will enter into force 11 January 2021. In all other respects, the restrictions on external border traffic will remain unchanged and be extended until 9 February 2021. Restrictions have already been lifted for traffic arriving in Finland from the Vatican, and for traffic between Finland and Australia, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand and New Zealand for residents of these countries.

The decision concerning lifting the restrictions for residents of China and of the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions who are travelling from these regions to Finland will remain unchanged, provided that reciprocity is confirmed by the Council of the European Union.

People may still come to Finland from the following European countries for work or other essential reasons: Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Monaco, Romania, San Marino and the United Kingdom. The restrictions on entry for these countries correspond to the restrictions on internal border traffic. A 10-day period of self-isolation is recommended for travellers arriving in Finland.

For all other non-Schengen countries, 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 10-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. 

From 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom citizens are subject to the provisions concerning third-country nationals in border checks.

Restrictions on entry into Finland will be tightened on 27 January

On 22 January, the Government decided at an extraordinary meeting to tighten border traffic and the recommendations on testing and quarantine. The aim is to prevent the re-escalation of the growth of the COVID-19 epidemic and the spread of the COVID-19 variant in Finland. Should the new virus variant become more widespread, it could result in a potentially much more transmissible epidemic.

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