Guidelines for border traffic during pandemic as of 28 November 2021

These instructions, based on a Government decision, are valid until 19 December 2021.

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The Finnish Border Guard has discontinued its internal border controls within the Schengen area. Restrictions are still in place regarding external border traffic from many countries. 

It is especially important that you acquaint yourself with these instructions if you are travelling to Finland from outside the Schengen area.

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

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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. 

Every person travelling from Finland to another state must check for themselves the restrictions on entry into the destination country. Destination countries may have in force their own restrictions and conditions on entry for travellers.

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It is recommended to log in to the Finentry Web service before you travel.

In the Lapland health care district, the corresponding service is Laplandentry.

Using these services facilitates significantly better health safety upon entry into the country.

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1.   Entry into Finland for persons who have received a complete covid-19 vaccination series

Persons who have received a complete and valid vaccination series may be granted entry into Finland from any country, excluding Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, provided that at least 7 days have passed since the last vaccine dose has been received. Check THL:s webpages for a list of covid-19 vaccines accepted in Finland, as well as what kind of vaccination certificate you need.

Those who have, prior to their arrival, been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe during the past 14 days, will be subjected to the restrictions specified in the section 3.2. 

If a person has recovered from the covid-19 virus and has gotten one vaccine dose, it is equated to a complete covid-19 vaccination series. This must be presented on a single certificate. Check THL:s webpages for a list of covid-19 vaccines accepted in Finland.

Persons with a certificate of a complete and valid vaccination series, or who have one certifcate of recovering from the covid-19 and having gotten one vaccine dose,  may also enter Finland accompanied by a minor traveling in his or her traveling party. The health security measures concerning minors are determined according to the current health safety guidelines. Check the current health safety guidelines on THL webpage

 

2.   Entry into Finland from EU and Schengen countries

The EU and Schengen countries include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. In addition, this section applies to Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City State.

Travellers arriving in Finland from these countries are not bound by travel restrictions.

Please note that all persons arriving in Finland are still bound by the obligations stated in the Communicable Diseases Act. Make sure you read THL’s guidelines on their webpages 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 outside the EU and the Schengen area without a complete covid-19 vaccination series

This section applies to persons who have not received a complete covid-19 vaccination series and who arrive in Finland from countries or regions outside of the European Union and the Schengen area.

Below, two categories are presented: arrival in Finland from regions and countries for which cross-border traffic has returned to normal (3.1), and arrival in Finland from regions and countries for which restrictions are still valid (3.2). Begin by determining which category your travels belong to. 

Also note:

  • Citizens and permanent residents of EU and Schengen countries may also be granted entry into Finland without restrictions, provided that they have a certificate of having had the covid-19 virus less than 6 months prior to their arrival in Finland.
  • Those citizens and permanent residents of EU and Schengen countries who have the above mentioned certificate may also enter Finland accompanied by a minor traveling in his or her traveling party. The health security measures concerning minors are determined according to the current health safety guidelines. 

 

3.1   Entry into Finland from regions and countries with normalized cross-border traffic

In accordance with the decision of the Finnish Government, cross-broder traffic from certain countries and regions has been normalized. These include: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jordania, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.

Citizens and permanent residents in these regions and countries may travel to Finland without restrictions, provided that they travel to Finland directly from their country or region of residence by flight.

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

 

3.2   Entry into Finland from countries and regions for which restrictions are still enforced

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.

Persons who have received a complete vaccination series may  be granted entry into Finland from any country, excluding Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, provided that at least 7 days have passed since the last vaccine dose has been received. Check THL:s webpages for a list of covid-19 vaccines accepted in Finland, as well as what kind of vaccination certificate you need.

If a person has recovered from the covid-19 virus and has gotten one vaccine dose, it is equated to a complete covid-19 vaccination series. This must be presented on a single certificate. Check THL:s webpages for a list of covid-19 vaccines accepted in Finland.

A person who has not received a complete covid-19 vaccination series must have one of the following reasons for entering Finland. The gravity of the reasons are 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 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 the work cannot be delayed 
    • health care and rescue service personnel (including first aid) and elderly care professionals during assignments as well as authorative 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 work for international NGOs
    • Persons travelling on a Finnish residence permit
    • persons in need of international protection or who are travelling for other humanitarian reasons
    • pressing family matters or other pressing personal reasons
    • other necessary and justified transport such as representatives of the foreign media; transit of scheduled air services at airports and the arrival of a family member of a Finnish citizen living abroad, the picking of natural products based on the invitation from a company that is committed to a letter of intent, property, residence or secondary residence in Finland.
  • Special groups (such as representatives of culture, sports and business life)
    • see below the interpretation guidelines for clarification

 Persons who are not Finnish citizens and reside in other EU and Schengen country may not return to their country of residence through Finland, except by flight, if the passage is related to leisurely travel. 

In addition to diplomats, holders of service and official passports are allowed entry in the exercise of their duties.