Finland has placed restrictions on entry from other countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health security measures required upon arrival aim to slow down the spread of the pandemic.
Health security measures at Finland’s borders are based on temporary provisions of the Communicable Diseases Act that will remain in force until 30 June 2022. Internal border control has been lifted. At its external borders, Finland adheres to the EU’s common border policy. Restrictions on external border traffic will continue until 5 June.
All people arriving in Finland during the COVID-19 pandemic are subject to the requirements put in place by both the border authorities and the health authorities:
First, the border authorities will decide whether a passenger who is not a citizen of Finland may enter the country. Entry into the country is restricted during the pandemic, and people arriving in Finland may be required to present certificates related to COVID-19.
Finnish citizens, their family members and permanent residents of Finland always have the right to return to Finland.
Health security measures
Once a person has entered the country, the health authorities will decide on the health measures or testing requirements that will be imposed on them.
The requirements put in place by the health authorities also apply to citizens and residents of Finland.
Under the Communicable Diseases Act, all passengers arriving in Finland must have one of these certificates: a vaccination certificate, a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test certificate (issued less than 72 hours prior to entry). Passengers who do not have any of the above-mentioned certificates may be directed to a COVID-19 test at the point of entry. Health authorities inspect certificates based on a risk assessment.
With certain exceptions, the requirements apply to all those born in 2006 or earlier.
Health checks at Finland’s borders (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare)
A list of vaccines accepted in Finland is provided by the Finnish institute for health and welfare (THL): Which vaccines are accepted at the points of entry into the country?
Travel to and from Finland during the COVID-19 epidemic (Finnish Govrnment)
We recommend the use of the FINENTRY service before entering Finland.
Travel recommendations for travellers leaving Finland
Other countries may also place restrictions on travel. 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.
Entering Finland and travelling abroad (Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland)
Updated information on the incidence rates of different countries is available in English on the website of ECDC: COVID-19 Situation Dashboard (ECDC)