Are you looking for information on approved vaccinations and required certificates?

A certificate of a full series of vaccinations is valid for 9 months. After this, a booster shot is required. After the booster shot, the certificate is valid until further notice. Read the guidelines of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL): Travel and the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Guidelines for border traffic during pandemic as of 9 May 2022

These instructions, based on a Government decision, are valid until 5 June 2022. It is especially important that you acquaint yourself with these instructions if you are travelling to Finland.

If you are planning to travel abroad from Finland, please note that countries may be restricting entry. Check the current regulations on entry and quarantine with the authorities of your destination country before travelling.

According to paragraph 9 of the Constitution of Finland, Finnish citizens must not be prevented from entering Finland, and everyone has the right to leave Finland.

Based on your circumstances, choose the right section in the list below. The link takes you to the right section on the website.

  1. Entry into Finland from EU and Schengen countries
  2. Entry into Finland from the green list countries and regions
  3. Entry into Finland from other countries (external border traffic)
  4. Disembarkation for passengers arriving on cruise ships
  5. Interpretation guidelines for clarification (incl. special groups)

Please note that the Finnish Border Guard does not grant advance permits for entry to Finland. Decision to allow entry is always made during border checks.

 

1. Entry into Finland from EU and Schengen countries

What countries does this apply to?

The Schengen countries include Austria, Belgium, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland

In addition, this section applies to the following countries: Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Monaco, Romania, San Marino and the Vatican City State.  

What are the requirements for entry?

There are no entry restrictions when arriving from these countries. Please note that all persons arriving in Finland are still bound by the obligations stated in the Communicable Diseases Act.

Information on the coronavirus vaccines and tests

Please note that all persons arriving in Finland are still bound by the obligations stated in the Communicable Diseases Act. Make sure you read the guidelines of the Finnish institute for health and welfare on their web pages, regardless of which country or area you are travelling from: Travel and the coronavirus pandemic - Infectious diseases and vaccinations - THL.

 

2. Entry into Finland from the green list countries and regions

What are the green list countries?

The following countries and regions are on the green list: Bahrain, Colombia, Chile, Hongkong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macao, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.

What are the requirements for entry?

For residents of these countries and regions, there are no entry restrictions when arriving in Finland from these countries and regions. Please note that all persons arriving in Finland are still bound by the obligations stated in the Communicable Diseases Act.

Information on the coronavirus vaccines and tests

Please note that all persons arriving in Finland are still bound by the obligations stated in the Communicable Diseases Act. Make sure you read the guidelines of the Finnish institute for health and welfare on their web pages, regardless of which country or area you are travelling from: Travel and the coronavirus pandemic - Infectious diseases and vaccinations - THL.

 

3. Entry into Finland from other countries (external border traffic)

What countries and regions does this apply to?

This section applies to entry in Finland from all countries not previously listed above, such as Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Turkey.

What are the requirements for entry?

Entry into Finland is allowed for passengers arriving from these countries if they meet the general entry requirements and the requirements listed below.

Person may be granted entry into Finland from any country if they present

  • a certificate of a complete and valid vaccination series. At least 7 days must have passed since the last vaccine dose has been received OR
  • a single certificate that the person has recovered from covid-19 virus and has gotten one dose of valid vaccine. It is equated to a complete covid-19 vaccination series. OR
  • EU digital COVID certificate that proves the person has recovered from covid-19 within 6 months.
  • All the above-mentioned requirements apply to persons born in 2006 or earlier.

The requirements above do not apply to Finnish citizens or permanent residents of Finland returning to Finland (e.g. persons who have registered the right of residence in Finland  or with a residence permit granted by Finland). Neither does the requirement apply to those who enter the country for a purpose listed below. The essential reason for travelling is always evaluated case by case during border controls carried out by the Finnish Border Guard. 

Essential reason to entry in Finland

  • work that is significant for the functioning of society or supply security, the implementation of which requires the work performance of a person or persons coming from another country and that the work cannot be delayed 
  • health care and rescue service personnel (including first aid) and elderly care professionals during assignments as well as authoritative personnel performing essential work tasks
  • transport and logistics personnel during assignments
  • diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their duties
  • persons travelling with a residence permit in Finland
  • state representatives participating in international negotiations and persons engaged in the work of international NGOs
  • persons in need of international protection or who are travelling for other humanitarian purposes
  • pressing family matters or other pressing personal reasons
  • other necessary and justified purposes (such as representatives of the foreign media; transit of scheduled air services at airports; a property, a residence or a secondary residence in Finland; the arrival of a family member of a Finnish citizen living abroad).

If you enter the country for an essential purpose, minors travelling in the same travel party with you can enter the country. In this case, the Communicable Diseases Act and decisions made by the health authorities, such as compulsory health examinations, apply to minors.

In addition to the aforementioned, third country nationals, for example Russian citizens, who have a residence permit or a D-visa issued by another Schengen state, can transit through Finland to the country issuing residence permit or D-visa. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, transit for a person travelling with D-visa is only allowed when returning to the country, that has issued the D-visa (a single trip).

For persons travelling with short-term visas (C-visa), it is not possible to transit through Finland to another country (for example to meet relatives).

Information on the coronavirus vaccines and tests

Please note that all persons arriving in Finland are still bound by the obligations stated in the Communicable Diseases Act. Make sure you read the guidelines of the Finnish institute for health and welfare on their web pages, regardless of which country or area you are travelling from: Travel and the coronavirus pandemic - Infectious diseases and vaccinations - THL.