Travel to and from Finland during the COVID-19 epidemic
Finland has placed restrictions on entry from other countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health security measures required upon arrival aim to slow down the spread of the pandemic.
Finnish citizens, their family members and permanent residents of Finland have the right to return to Finland. Everyone has the right to leave Finland, provided that there is no legal impediment to this.
Other countries may also place restrictions on travel. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs updates its travel advice for each country individually.
Travelling to Finland
All passengers who are fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine may enter Finland from any country without undergoing health security measures such as COVID-19 testing at the border. COVID-19 vaccines accepted in Finland | Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
Exception: Finland restricts entry from Southern Africa.
However, people travelling to Finland must take into account other provisions on entry, such as visa requirements.
Finnish citizens, their family members and permanent residents of Finland have the right to return to Finland. People may also travel freely to Finland from other EU and Schengen countries.
When you are arriving in Finland, you must present proof of full vaccination with an approved COVID-19 vaccine, proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the past six months or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken before your arrival. For more information, see 'Health security measures'.
People arriving in Finland from outside the EU and Schengen area who have not been fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine may enter Finland only from countries on the EU’s green list or for essential reasons. The green list is a list of non-EU countries and regions for which travel restrictions should be lifted as agreed jointly by the EU Member States. Visit this page for more information on essential reasons and the countries on the EU’s green list: Guidelines for border traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic | Border Guard
The instructions issued by the border and health authorities apply to all people arriving in Finland during the COVID-19 pandemic. The border authorities decide on the entry of passengers, while the health authorities decide on any health security measures or testing requirements that will be imposed on them.
Travelling abroad from Finland
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 Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises that travellers 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 concerning 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 of Health and Welfare recommends that all people travelling abroad obtain full vaccine protection against COVID-19 before travel.
If you are planning to travel, it is important to remember that all countries can impose restrictions on entry at their borders, and it may not be possible to travel to all countries.
Before travelling, please remember the following:
- Always check the current entry regulations with the authorities of your destination country by contacting that country’s diplomatic mission, for instance. Countries may also impose entry restrictions on transit traffic.
- Check the requirements of airports and airlines regarding wearing face masks or showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test, for example.
- Remember to 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 certificate is 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?