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.

Health security measures at Finland’s borders are based on temporary provisions of the Communicable Diseases Act that will remain in force until 30 June 2022. Internal border control has been lifted. At its external borders, Finland adheres to the EU’s common border policy.

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 people arriving in Finland during the COVID-19 pandemic are subject to the requirements put in place by both the border authorities and the health authorities:

  1. First, the border authorities will decide whether a person can enter the country. Entry into the country is restricted during the pandemic, and people arriving in Finland may be required to present certificates related to COVID-19. However, Finnish citizens, their family members and permanent residents of Finland always have the right to return to Finland.

  2. Once a person has entered the country, the health authorities will decide on the health measures or testing requirements that will be imposed on them. The requirements put in place by the health authorities also apply to citizens and residents of Finland.

Read more about the guidelines issued by the border authorities and the health authorities:

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.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs’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