Foreign Ministry’s repatriation flights have ended
The repatriation flights arranged by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs as a result of the COVID-19 crisis have ended. Altogether 16 flights were carried out, with a total of 3,227 tourists returning to Finland or through Finland to their home country in Europe. Around 2,000 of the passengers on the flights were tourists returning to Finland.
Marking 45 years of EU-China diplomatic relations in a time of global crisis
This year we celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the European Union and China, established on 6th May 1975. It is an important milestone in an ever more important relationship between our union of 27 European states and China.
Due to the prevailing emergency conditions based on the Emergency Powers Act in Finland, Embassy of Finland in Beijing and Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai are suspending visa and residence permit applications until June 14, 2020 (updated May 13).
The Embassy of Finland in Beijing and the Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai suspend most of the consular and immigration services from March 19 until June 14, 2020. The special arrangements are implemented based on the Emergency Powers Act, which came into force in Finland on March 19, and apply to all Finnish missions around the world.
If you are travelling abroad, return to Finland!
Due to the prevailing emergency conditions based on the Emergency Powers Act, the Government has decided to restrict traffic at Finland’s external borders starting on Thursday 19 March at 00.00. Finns travelling abroad are encouraged to return to Finland as soon as possible.
Coronavirus situation in China
The coronavirus situation in China has eased somewhat from its most acute phase and the number of new infections has clearly decreased compared to February. However, the epidemic and related measures are not over. China is now preparing for a possible second wave of the epidemic and has introduced new prevention measures, related to e.g. entry to China. China has restricted the entry of almost all foreigners from March 28 onwards. Large-scale restrictive measures also continue to be implemented within the country and will only be lifted gradually.
Coronavirus advice for travellers: Ministry for Foreign Affairs monitors coronavirus situation
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Finland’s Missions are monitoring the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in cooperation with the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), and they are in constant contact with key actors with regard to the situational picture and any necessary measures.
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