Preparing for coronavirus outbreak

The authorities responsible for internal security are prepared for the spread of the coronavirus. They are looking after everyday security in Finland. 

Movement restrictions to Uusimaa

The restrictions concern movement to and from the Uusimaa region. The movement restrictions in the Uusimaa region entered into force on 28 March and remain in force until 19 April 2020.

The purpose of the new restrictions is to prevent coronavirus infections and to slow the spread of the epidemic from Uusimaa to other parts of Finland. 

The Border Guard is responsible for border security

Finland has temporarily reintroduced border control at the EU's internal borders between 19 March and 13 April 2020. The European Union has reintroduced control at its external borders until 30 April 2020. Finland is responsible for the control of its own external borders. 

People must not travel abroad at all between 18 March and 13 April. This applies to travel by land, by sea and by air. A person returning to Finland from abroad should remain in quarantine-like conditions for 14 days.

Finnish citizens and permanent residents in Finland are always allowed to return to Finland. Foreign travellers in Finland can leave the country.

Freight and goods traffic will continue at all borders.

From Sunday 22 March 2020 at 00:00, crossing internal borders will only be permitted for persons, who based on a permanent employment contract, work in the intrinsic travel-to-work area on the border with Sweden or Norway. 

This means that people from Estonia are not be able to travel for work to Finland every week, except for those in certain lines of work.
When entering Finland, all people traveling for work regardless of the occupational group are recommended to stay in quarantine-like conditions for 14 days.

For the time being, it is not possible to continue working in Finland and to live or visit family members in Estonia. Estonian employees can stay in Finland to work if they so wish.

The closing of a border-crossing point may not prevent anyone's right to international protection.

Guidelines for border traffic for emengency conditions
Q&A about the effects on COVID-19 on border traffic

The police will carry out their urgent duties at all times

The police are a preparedness organisation that functions at all times and is constantly prepared, for example, for changes in its activities brought about by absences due to illness. Urgent duties are carried out in all situations.

The Government decided to limit public gatherings to no more than ten persons, and it recommended that people avoid spending unnecessary time in public places. The police may monitor compliance with the restrictions on public gatherings within the limits of their resources. .

Read more about the effects of the coronavirus on police operations

Rescue services and emergency response centres provide security in everyday emergencies

Municipalities are responsible for ensuring that rescue services are prepared for the spread of the coronavirus. Rescue services have been instructed on preventing infections. Rescue services are responsible for securing services in cases of illness, for example through personnel arrangements. Priority will be given to urgent situations where the health and lives of humans are at risk and to other emergency calls.

If you suspect that you or someone else has been infected with or exposed to the coronavirus, you should not call the emergency number 112. For instructions on treatment, please contact the national helpline at 0295 535 535 and your health centre. The emergency number is to be used only in urgent situations when life or health is at risk. The same rule always applies, whether dealing with the coronavirus or any other illness.

Reception centres are prepared 

The Finnish Immigration Service is prepared for the possible spread of the coronavirus and is cooperating with the health authorities. Reception centres are prepared for the possible spread of infectious diseases. The employees in reception centres include healthcare personnel.

Asylum seekers are always subject to an initial health check after their arrival in the country. The health check examines individuals’ symptoms and illnesses and takes into account whether they have resided in the area affected by the epidemic. 

Read more about the effects of the coronavirus on the services and operations of the Finnish Immigration Service

The Ministry of the Interior supports its administrative branch

The Ministry of the Interior is participating in the national and international cooperation required by the situation and is preparing for the possibility that the situation will become more difficult. The Ministry is safeguarding its leadership and functional capacity by issuing instructions for employees on remote work, meetings and travel.

The Department for Rescue Services of the Ministry of the Interior is Finland's Responsible Authority in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, which has been activated due to the coronavirus outbreak. In practice, this means that the European Commission can, among other things, support the Member States with material assistance, send assistance teams and finance costs.