Coronavirus news in Great Britain

Coronavirus news in Great Britain

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland advises that travellers should exercise special caution when travelling to the UK. Coronavirus restrictions and guidelines vary depending whether you are in England, Scotland, Wales of Northern Ireland. Please check guidelines prior to travelling to your destination.

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Updated  18.10.2021

Corona restrictions and guidance can change with short notice. Before travelling, always check the UK(Link to another website.) and Finnish authorities'(Link to another website.) website for the latest information on restrictions!

Travelling from Finland to the UK

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland advises that travellers should exercise special caution when travelling to the UK. Before travelling, always check the UK authorities' website(Link to another website.) for the latest information on restrictions!

Coronavirus rules and guidelines may vary depending whether you are travelling to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Please check guidelines prior to travelling to your destination. Everyone travelling from Finland to the UK will need to complete a passenger locator form(Link to another website.) before your travel.

Find out more about coronavirus guidelines and rules in different areas:

From 4am Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for travel from Finland to England changed, and the new rules depend on your vaccination status. (Link to another website.)Please check them very carefully before travelling. If you are fully vaccinated under approved vaccination programme, you do not need to quarantine or provide a negative COVID-19 test done before travelling. You will still need to complete a passenger locator form and to book a Covid-19 test via approved provider that takes place on or before day 2 after arrival(Link to another website.). If you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to quarantine for 10 days after arrival, provide a negative COVID-19 test, done within 3 days before travelling, complete a passenger locator form and book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests. Please note that at the moment, the new rules only apply for travel to England. Rules for travel to have been updated also elsewhere in the UK, but there are some differences regarding the second day test. Check the rules carefully directly from the correct authority before travel. 

Please note that flight routes between Finland and the UK have been reduced. Please check flight details, as well as the guidance and requirements of your airline before travelling. Please also note that changes and cancellations are possible at a short notice. 

Before you travel, also check the validity and coverage of your travel insurance. Especially now, it is important to make sure that the insurance policy provides sufficient coverage even when the pandemic situation is taken into account.

Further information on entering UK: Gov.uk: Entering the UK.(Link to another website.) 

Please note that from 1st October 2021 you will not be able to use your European national ID card to enter the UK and will need a passport instead. EU citizens with a status under the EUSS and frontier workers are exempt and can continue using their national ID card for travelling.

Travel from the UK to Finland

There are still restrictions on entry to Finland from the UK. Finnish citizens and people with a permanent residence in Finland always have the right to return to Finland. 

From 26 July 2021, you can enter Finland from all countries if you have received a full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine while taking into account the provisions on the entry of foreign nationals into Finland, e.g. visa requirements. The last vaccine must have been taken at least 14 days prior to entry. A list of vaccines accepted in Finland is provided by the Finnish institute for health and welfare here: Which vaccines are accepted at the points of entry into the country? - Infectious diseases and vaccinations - THL(Link to another website.). Residents and/or citizens of EU and Schengen countries are also granted entry to Finland if they can present an accepted certificate of having been infected with the COVID-19 virus less than six months ago. Check the up-to-date information via the Finnish Border Guard before travel.

If you have not received a full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, please check the permitted reasons to enter directly from the Finnish Border Guard: The instructions of the Finnish Border Guard to passengers regarding entry to Finland(Link to another website.).  Current restrictions on external border traffic continue until 10th October (inc. from the UK). If you have a permitted reason to travel, check your obligations from the website of Finnish institute for health and welfare (THL) under the Communicable Diseases Act(Link to another website.)

If you have questions about the entry rules, you can contact the Finnish Border Guard:

  • Finnish Border Guard's helpline: +358 295 420 100 (Monday to Friday between 8am to 4pm Finnish time) and email: [email protected]

Please see the website of Finnish institute for health and welfare (THL) for more information on health advice and requirements on arrival to FinlandInstructions of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) regarding travel(Link to another website.). These instructions apply to both Finnish and non-Finnish citizens, as long as they have the right to enter Finland. 

    Please also check the flight details and instructions directly with your airline. 

    Before you travel, also check the validity and coverage of your travel insurance. It is recommended to log in to the Finentry Web service before you travel: Home - Finentry(Link to another website.). In the Lapland health care district, the corresponding service is Laplandentry:  Laplandentry - Covid-19 | lshp.fi(Link to another website.)

    Further information on travelling to Finland: Finnish Government: Travelling to and from Finland. (Link to another website.)

    If you are travelling via other countries, please remember to check the entry rules of each of those countries before travel.

    UK citizens are currently allowed to stay in the Schengen Area without a visa for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

    Restrictions in the UK 

    Covid-19 related restrictions in England have been ended on 19th July. There are still recommendations in place. Some shops and public transport providers still require the use of face coverings. Coronavirus guidelines vary depending whether you are in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

    Please check guidelines prior to travelling to your destination.

    Health advice in the UK

    If you feel ill, please contact the local National Health Service (NHS) and follow national guidelines. If you have coronavirus symptoms, contact NHS 111 -helpline primarily via email(Link to another website.) and follow their instructions. You can also call them by dialing 111.  You can order a COVID-19 test online(Link to another website.) (Opens New Window) or by calling 119. Do not go to the hospital or doctor’s surgery.

      Customer service at the Embassy

      Due to the coronavirus outbreak, our Consular Section only accepts a limited number of customers until further notice. Please note that we require a prior appointment for all visitors to the Embassy. Please book an appointment via our online appointment booking system(Link to another website.)Please cancel the appointment if you can no longer make it.

      You can contact the consulate via phone on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3pm to 4pm, tel. +44 (0)20 7838 6242. Due to a high volume of calls, the line can be busy. Kindly call us again later or email us.

      PLEASE NOTE: All customers are required to wear a face covering whilst visiting the Embassy.

      Enquiries to the Consular Section can be sent via email, [email protected].  

      Please contact us primarily via email. Before contacting us, please see the updated information and guidance on our and Finnish Foreign Ministry’s(Link to another website.) website, as well as our updates on our social media channels.

      General enquiries can be sent via email to [email protected] and enquiries to the Consular Section to [email protected].  

      If your enquiry is very urgent, please contact us by phone on weekdays from 9am to 12pm, and 1pm to 4pm, tel: +44 (0)20 7838 6200.