Entry restrictions and health measures in place in Finland

The Government will reassess the need for and extent of the restrictions on entry once a week 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 on a weekly basis by the Ministry of the Interior based on an expert evaluation by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. The limit value of 25 new cases per 100,000 persons in the previous 14 days will apply to the EU and Schengen countries and the countries on the Green List defined by the Council of the European Union. The changes will be decided on at the Thursday government session.

New health security measures to be introduced

From 12 October onwards, 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.

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.

Restrictions on border traffic from 12 October

Restrictions on internal border traffic will be 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, apart from certain exceptions. 

External border traffic refers to traffic between Finland and non-Schengen countries. External border traffic will be permitted only for traffic arriving in Finland from the Vatican, and for traffic between Finland and Australia, Japan, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, New Zealand and Uruguay for residents of these countries.

In addition, people may come to Finland from the following European countries for work or another essential reason: Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Monaco, Romania, San Marino and the United Kingdom.

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.


 

Prior testing mandatory from 23 November onwards

Prior testing will be required for passengers arriving in Finland from high-incidence countries once the necessary amendments have been made to the Communicable Diseases Act and the Act on Transport Services. The operating model is set to be introduced on 23 November 2020.

Restrictions on entry and health measures in place in Finland - summary published on 5 October
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