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

Information on approved vaccinations, required certificates, avoidance of close contact, COVID-19 tests, or other obligations under the Communicable Diseases Act is on the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL): Travel and the coronavirus pandemic – THL.

 

Guidelines for border traffic during pandemic as of 17 January 2022

These instructions, based on a Government decision, are valid until 31 January 2022. It is especially important that you acquaint yourself with these instructions if you are travelling to Finland.

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 for persons with a complete covid-19 vaccination series, or a certificate of recovery from Covid-19, and a negative test result
  2. Entry into Finland from Schengen countries
  3. Entry into Finland from Andorra, Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Cyprus, Monaco, Romania, San Marino and the Vatican
  4. Entry into Finland from the green list countries (Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay)
  5. Entry into Finland from other countries or regions (such as Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Turkey)
  6. Cruise ship traffic
  7. 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.

Passengers arriving in Finland are subject to the requirements of both border and health authorities.

 

 

1. Entry into Finland for persons with a complete covid-19 vaccination series, or a certificate of recovery from Covid-19, and a negative test result

This applies to most inbound travellers. In case you find the instructions you need in this section, you don’t need to read further.

What are the requirements for entry?

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

  • a certificate of a complete and valid vaccination series (either one or two doses depending on the vaccine). 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 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.
  • In addition to the aforementioned requirements, the person must present a negative covid-19 test result of less than 48 hours. The result of a PCR or an Antigen test is accepted. 
  • All the above-mentioned requirements apply to persons born in 2006 or earlier.

Persons who meet the requirements above may enter Finland accompanied by minor children. Also children are required to have a covid-19 vaccination certificate and a negative covid-19 test result. These requirements apply to minors born in 2006 or earlier. However, all passengers are required to comply with the Communicable Diseases Act and decisions made by the health authorities, such as compulsory health examinations.

The requirements above do not apply to Finnish citizens or permanent residents of Finland returning to Finland or to those who enter the country for an essential purpose. However, all passengers are required to comply with the Communicable Diseases Act and decisions made by the health authorities, such as compulsory health examinations.

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 Schengen countries

What are Schengen countries?

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. 

What are the requirements for entry?

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

  • a certificate of a complete and valid vaccination series (either one or two doses depending on the vaccine). 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 vaccine. It is equated to a complete covid-19 vaccination series. OR
  • EU digital COVID certificate or medical certificate that proves the person has recovered from covid-19 within 6 months.
  • In addition to the aforementioned requirements, the person must present a negative covid-19 test result of less than 48 hours. The result of a PCR or an Antigen test is accepted. 
  • 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. Neither does the requirement apply to those who enter the country for an essential purpose listed below. 

Return to Finland

  • Finnish nationals and their family members
  • nationals of EU and Schengen countries residing in Finland and their family members
  • third-country nationals residing in Finland with a residence permit
  • UK citizens and their family members residing in Finland who the Withdrawal Agreement applies to.

Essential reason

  • 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
  • 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; realization of economic and cultural activities based on the rights of the Sámi people) .

The essential reason for travelling is always evaluated case by case during border controls carried out by the Finnish Border Guard.

Persons who cannot be vaccinated against covid-19 for medical reasons may enter Finland given they present a medical certificate indicating this. However, the person must present a negative covid-19 test result of less than 48 hours. The result of a PCR or an Antigen test is accepted.

Exception considering border communities

Residents of the border communities on the land border between Finland and Sweden, and on the land border between Finland and Norway, need a certificate of a complete and valid vaccination series, or an EU digital COVID certificate that proves the person has recovered from covid-19 within 6 months, or a certificate of a negative covid-19 test result of less than 7 days.

Same requirements apply to the traffic between the Åland islands and the municipality of Norrtälje in Sweden. This exception is to facilitate the entry into country in situations where entry into Finland is regular, or established in other ways. 

The border community includes: In Sweden, the municipalities of Haparanda, Övertorneå, Pajala, Kiruna, and in Finland, the municipalities of Tornio, Ylitornio, Pello, Kolari, Muonio and Enontekiö. In Norway, Omasvuono, Kaivuono, Raisi, Koutokeino, Kaarasjoki, Teno, Uuniemi and the municipalities of South Varangi, and in Finland, the municipalities of Enontekiö, Inari and Utsjoki. 

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 Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Monaco, Romania, San Marino and the Vatican City State

What are the requirements for entry?

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

  • a certificate of a complete and valid vaccination series (either one or two doses depending on the vaccine). 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 vaccine. It is equated to a complete covid-19 vaccination series. OR
  • EU digital COVID certificate or medical certificate that proves the person has recovered from covid-19 within 6 months.
  • In addition to the aforementioned requirements, the person must present a negative covid-19 test result of less than 48 hours. The result of a PCR or an Antigen test is accepted. 
  • 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. Neither does the requirement apply to those who enter the country for an essential purpose listed below. 

Return to Finland

  • Finnish nationals and their family members
  • nationals of EU and Schengen countries residing in Finland and their family members
  • third-country nationals residing in Finland with a residence permit
  • UK citizens and their family members residing in Finland who the Withdrawal Agreement applies to.

Essential reason

  • 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
  • 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).

The essential reason for travelling is always evaluated case by case during border controls carried out by the Finnish Border Guard.

Persons who cannot be vaccinated against covid-19 for medical reasons may enter Finland given they present a medical certificate indicating this. However, the person must present a negative covid-19 test result of less than 48 hours. The result of a PCR or an Antigen test is accepted.

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.

 

4. Entry into Finland from the EU green list countries

What are the green list countries?

This section, ie. the “Green list” countries as defined by the EU, applies to the citizens and permanent residents of the following countries and territories: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.

What are the requirements for entry?

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

  • a certificate of a complete and valid vaccination series (either one or two doses depending on the vaccine). 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 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.
  • In addition to the aforementioned requirements, the person must present a negative covid-19 test result of less than 48 hours. The result of a PCR or an Antigen test is accepted. 
  • 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. Neither does the requirement apply to those who enter the country for an essential purpose listed below. 

Return to Finland

  • Finnish nationals and their family members
  • nationals of EU and Schengen countries residing in Finland and their family members
  • third-country nationals residing in Finland with a residence permit
  • UK citizens and their family members residing in Finland who the Withdrawal Agreement applies to.

Return to or through other EU and Schengen countries

  • nationals of other EU and Schengen countries and their family members
  • third-country nationals residing another EU or Schengen country with a residence permit
  • UK citizens and their family members residing another EU or Schengen country who the Withdrawal Agreement applies to.

Essential reason

  • 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
  • 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).

The essential reason for travelling is always evaluated case by case during border controls carried out by the Finnish Border Guard.

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.

 

5. Entry into Finland from other countries or regions

What countries and regions does this apply to?

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

What are the requirements for entry?

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

  • a certificate of a complete and valid vaccination series (either one or two doses depending on the vaccine). 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 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.
  • In addition to the aforementioned requirements, the person must present a negative covid-19 test result of less than 48 hours. The result of a PCR or an Antigen test is accepted. 
  • 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. 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. 

Return to Finland

  • Finnish nationals and their family members
  • nationals of EU and Schengen countries residing in Finland and their family members
  • third-country nationals residing in Finland with a residence permit
  • UK citizens and their family members residing in Finland who the Withdrawal Agreement applies to.

Return to or through other EU and Schengen countries

  • nationals of other EU and Schengen countries and their family members
  • third-country nationals residing another EU or Schengen country with a residence permit
  • UK citizens and their family members residing another EU or Schengen country who the Withdrawal Agreement applies to.

Essential reason

  • 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).

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.