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Bringing pleasure boats and craft from outside the EU and the Schengen countries for winter maintenance and docking will be possible between 15 September and 31 October 2021

2.9.2021 14.38 | Published in English on 3.9.2021 at 11.29
Press release

Bringing pleasure boats and craft to Finland for winter maintenance and docking from outside the EU and the Schengen countries will be possible between 15 September and 31 October 2021. A minimum crew required for safe seafaring may also arrive on board the pleasure craft.

Bringing to Finland for winter storage of pleasure boats or craft and a minimum crew required for their safe seafaring via a border crossing point during its opening hours is considered other essential and justified reason requiring personal presence in accordance with the Government restriction decision on border crossing traffic concerning external border traffic, restriction category 2 (restriction category 2 applies to Russia, among others).

The procedure described above applies only to the bringing of pleasure boats and craft to Finland for winter storage and the related passenger transport via border crossing points during their opening hours. For example, staying in Finland for days to carry out maintenance work will not be allowed.

When arriving in Finland on board a pleasure boat or craft from outside the EU and Schengen countries, the crew must undergo a border check at a border crossing point reserved for pleasure boat traffic. Persons transferring a pleasure boat or craft to Finland must be prepared to prove the purpose of their entry with documents presented in connection with the border checks. In order to ensure smooth border crossing, the crew are advised to carry documents related to the ownership of the boat and its winter storage in Finland. In addition to the above, the crew must provide the details of the person arriving in Finland to pick up the crew and those of his/her vehicle. 

A prior notice is required for bringing pleasure boats or craft to Finland. The notice of the bringing to Finland of a pleasure boat or craft must be delivered to the Finnish Border Guard no later than 2 weekdays before the planned arrival in Finland. Notifications must be submitted:

  • For vessels arriving through the Saimaa Canal to; rajatarkastus.nuijamaa (at) raja.fi 
  •  For vessels arriving via the Santio border crossing point or the Haapasaari Coast Guard Station to; kotkanmerivartioasema (at) raja.fi

The notice must contain the following information:

  • arrival of crew / pleasure boat or craft in Finland: date, time and border crossing point  
  • details of the crew and vessel, provided on the vessel’s crew manifest. In addition to the passport details, the details of the possible visas must also be included in the details of the crew.
  • a docking contract or information on the vessel’s storage location (dock location, dock company or harbour) must be included with the notice 
  • details of the person coming to Finland to pick up the crew of the pleasure boat or craft and his/her vehicle.

The fulfilment of the entry conditions is always decided on a case-by-case basis, based on judgement, at the border crossing point by the border control authority. 

Health authorities are responsible for implementing health safety measures at border crossing points. In order to ensure the health safety of travel, it is important that everyone arriving in Finland familiarise themselves with the instructions and requirements concerning entry and the operating process at border crossing points. The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) provides information on health safety measures related to travel on its website in the Covid-19 pandemic situation at the national level. It is important to note that health security measures at the various border crossing points may have regional differences.

The Border Guard does not comment on any restrictions on entry or exit that other states may have imposed. The master and/or owner of the pleasure boat or craft is obliged to investigate any restrictions imposed by Russia on border crossing traffic, for example.

More detailed instructions on border crossing and contact details of the Finnish Border Guard:

Border crossing instructions for boaters - the Finnish Border Guard
Border checks of pleasure craft in the Saimaa Canal - the Finnish Border Guard
Contact information - the Finnish Border Guard

Up-to-date health safety instructions can be checked at the following link:

Travel and the coronavirus pandemic - Infectious diseases and vaccinations - THL

COVID-19 Finnish Border Guard Raja – press release