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.

Country-specific travel advice (available in Finnish) | Ministry for Foreign Affairs

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. 

COVID-19 certificates 

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.

Vaccination certificates | Ministry of Social Affairs and Health