EU Digital Covid Certificate is available from My Kanta and health care facilities

Finland began using the EU Digital Covid Certificate during the summer 2021. The document includes a certification of coronavirus vaccinations, coronavirus test results and/or recovery from Covid-19.

Individuals who cannot access My Kanta or authorize another person to use it on their behalf, can obtain a printed coronavirus certificate from a health care facility. EU citizens who do not have a Finnish personal identity number can receive an EU-compliant coronavirus vaccination certificate or a test result certificate from a healthcare unit. The vaccination or test must have been administered in Finland.

Kindly note however, that currently some healthcare organisations cannot yet print out the EU Digital COVID Certificate. For this reason, the healthcare organisations will provide further local guidelines on how persons with no Finnish personal identity code can obtain a printed EU Digital COVID Certificate. The person must contact the healthcare organisation that administered the vaccine or provided the COVID-19 test for more detailed instructions.

EU coronavirus certificates issued in Finland include information in Finnish, Swedish and English. The certificate has a QR code with which the content and authenticity of the certificate can be checked. All EU certificates are free of charge.

Vaccinations abroad

The EU corona certificate is obtained from the country where the vaccination was given. EU countries must also issue certificates retroactively on request. In Finland, a vaccination certificate can currently only be obtained for vaccinations in use and administered in Finland.

In principle, all vaccination doses should be given in the same country. However, if a person has received their first dose of vaccine abroad, it is possible to receive a second dose of vaccine in Finland, especially if the person’s first vaccine was administered in another EU country. If you have been ill with Covid-19, a certificate of having had the illness must be requested from the country where the positive test result was obtained.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and Kela are preparing a technical implementation and operating model for granting an EU Covid Vaccination Certificate in Finland to persons vaccinated in non-EU countries with Covid-19 vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). In addition, the possibility of issuing a certificate for vaccines on the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency list is being explored. Persons residing in Finland who have been vaccinated in non-EU countries can receive an EU vaccination certificate from Finland at the end of October 2021 the earliest.

Each traveler must check the requirements of the country of their destination and take special precautions

In general, international travel should still be avoided, as the coronavirus situation is still bad in many countries, and the prevalence of the virus and regional restrictions may change very unexpectedly.

Before leaving for a trip, one must carefully determine which coronavirus certificate is required for entering the country of destination, and any possible transit countries. In addition, the traveler must monitor the coronavirus situation and instructions in the destination country, any transit countries and Finland. Travel instructions and restrictions for EU countries are listed on the Re-open EU website.

Coronavirus tests for travel abroad from Finland are carried out at private healthcare facilities. These tests are subject to a fee. Tests carried out in the private sector are also shown on the EU test certificate. Tests performed when returning to Finland are free of charge in public health care. It is advisable to book the return test in advance through the FINENTRY service.

In general, one should take special care when traveling. The coronavirus situation in various countries and regions may change abruptly.

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