Restrictions on entry into Finland will be tightened on 27 January

Updated 26.1.2021

The new restrictions will enter into force on 27 January and will remain in force until 25 February. The new restrictions aim to reduce cross-border traffic in order to prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 variants.

List of countries from which you can travel to Finland without restrictions in force from 27 January:

  • Other European countries: the Vatican
  • Residents of non-European countries: Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand (Restrictions on entry will also be lifted for residents of the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions who are travelling from these regions to Finland, provided that reciprocity is confirmed by the Council of the European Union)

The lifting of entry restrictions means that recreational travel to Finland is permitted for people from these countries. In this case, it is not necessary to self-isolate upon arrival in Finland or take a COVID-19 test.

Finnish citizens always have the right to return to Finland, and everyone has the right to leave Finland unless the right is restricted by law. Family members of Finnish citizens will also be permitted to enter the country regardless of their nationality. However, the Government still recommends avoiding unnecessary travel to other countries, except for those countries for which the restrictions on entry have been lifted.

Travellers must be aware of the current entry and quarantine regulations of their country of destination and they must take into account the quarantine and testing recommendations for those returning to Finland. The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare will provide guidance on these health security measures. Information is also available on the FINENTRY service. It provides travellers with information and instructions on coronavirus testing and self-quarantine.

It is recommended that travellers who do not live in Finland take a COVID-19 test less than 72 hours before arriving in Finland. A second test can be taken in Finland no earlier than 72 hours after arriving in Finland. Between the tests, self-isolation at the place of accommodation is recommended. The self-isolation period will end if the test result is negative. If a person’s test result is positive, a doctor specialised in infectious diseases may place them under quarantine. They must remain in quarantine until they have recovered.

If a traveller is staying in Finland for less than 72 hours, they do not need to self-isolate or take a second COVID-19 test.

Travellers can shorten their self-isolation period at their discretion if they take two voluntary COVID-19 tests.

Read more: Voluntary quarantine can be shortened by taking a test (thl.fi)

Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare recommends airlines to require negative Covid-10 test certificate from all passengers going to Finland from abroad. Check the certificate requirements from your airline. Finnair customers find information here.

Further information:

The Koronavilkku smartphone app will allow people to participate in preventing the spread of the virus and to protect their own and their loved ones’ health. Through the app, people exposed to the virus can be reached and infection chains can be stopped faster.Koronavilkku has been published in Finnish, Swedish and English. If you are staying in Finland for a longer period of time, such as more than two weeks, we recommend that you use the Koronavilkku app. he recommendations in force in Finland apply to everyone in the country, regardless of whether they are Finnish citizens.

Further information and downloading instructions on the website of Koronavilkku.