Coronavirus news in Great Britain
In accordance with Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare's recommendation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland recommends to avoid all unnecessary travel to the UK to avoid the spread of the new COVID-19 variant to Finland. Restrictions on movement and gatherings remain in place in Great Britain. Coronavirus guidelines vary depending whether you are in England, Scotland, Wales of Northern Ireland. Please check guidelines prior to travelling to your destination.
Corona restrictions can change rapidly. Before travelling, the traveller must consult the UK and Finnish authorities' instructions for obtaining more detailed and up-to-date information. Always check the UKLink to another website. and Finnish authorities'Link to another website. website for the latest information on restrictions!
Travelling to the UK
In accordance with Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare's recommendation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland recommends to avoid all unnecessary travel to the UK to avoid the spread of the new COVID-19 variant to Finland.
When you arrive in the UK, you’ll need to bring extra documentation because of coronavirus (COVID-19). From 15 February, new quarantine and testing rules apply for everyone entering the country.
When travelling to England, you’ll need to have:
- take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel
- book and pay for a travel test package, which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine
- complete a passenger locator formLink to another website. with details of where you will home quarantine when you arrive and the travel test package booking reference number
Coronavirus guidelines vary depending whether you are in England, Scotland, Wales of Northern Ireland. Please check guidelines prior to travelling to your destination!
Find out more about:
- testing, self-isolation and quarantine rules for EnglandLink to another website.
- testing, self-isolation and quarantine rules for Northern IrelandLink to another website.
- testing, self-isolation and quarantine rules for ScotlandLink to another website. Please note that hotel quarantine rules apply also for the travellers from Finland to Scotland.
- testing, self-isolation and quarantine rules for WalesLink to another website.
Before travelling, the traveller must consult the UK authorities' instructions for obtaining more detailed and up-to-date information. Always check the UK authorities' websiteLink to another website.(Opens New Window) for the latest information on restrictions!
Flight routes between Finland and Great Britain have been reduced significantly. British Airways and Norwegian have ceased operating for the time being, Finnair has also reduced its flights. Please check with the airline prior to travelling as changes and cancellations are possible at a short notice.
Please avoid using public transport when possible. If it is essential to use public transport, wearing a face covering is compulsory.
When you leave home, you should stay at least a two meters away from people not in your household and wash your hands regularly.
There are restrictions of movement and social gatherings in place in the UK. Please check the restrictions in place here.Link to another website.
Further information on entering UK: Gov.uk: Entering the UK.Link to another website.
Travel from the UK to Finland
Due to national lockdown restrictions, all travellers travelling abroad from England will have to fill the so-called travel declaration formLink to another website. as of 8.3, which clarifies the permitted reason for travelling abroad. The stay at home rules in England also apply to foreign nationals, and travel abroad is only allowed for permitted reasons.Link to another website.
Finnair has announced that they will require a coronavirus test certificate or similar from travelers to Finland as of 28 January 2021. More information on Finnair webpage.Link to another website.(Opens New Window)
External border control will continue for traffic from the UK to Finland. If a person enters Finland from the UK for an authorized reason, they should self-isolate for 14 days. If you arrive to Finland from the UK, a physician of infectious diseases can issue an official quarantine order of 14 days. Based on a risk assessment, the physician decides on the quarantine on a case-by-case basis.
From 1 October, travelers entering Finland from the UK for a permitted reason could, at their discretion, shorten the 14-day period of self-isolation by taking corona tests.
- Further information on entry restrictions to Finland: The instructions of the Finnish Border Guard to passengers regarding entry to FinlandLink to another website.
- Further information on voluntary quarantine in Finland and shortening it by taking a test : Travel and the coronavirus pandemicLink to another website.(Opens New Window)
- Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland: Q&A about travelling and coronavirusLink to another website.
- Entry restrictions and health measures in place in Finland (Finnish government)Link to another website.
- Frequently asked questions about coronavirus and travel (Finnish government)Link to another website.
It is recommended to use a face coverings when safe distance of 2 meters is not possible. Currently, it is compulsory to use a face coverings in public transport as well as in shops and supermarkets, indoor shopping centers, banks, building societies, post offices, and indoor transport hubs. You are also required to wear face coverings in numerous other public indoor settings, such as museums, galleries, cinemas, places of worship, and public libraries. Further information on Link to another website.face coverings and when to wear one is available here. Link to another website.(Opens New Window)
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 emailLink to another website. and follow their instructions. You can also call them by dialing 111. You can order a COVID-19 test onlineLink to another website.(Opens New Window) or by calling 119. Do not go to the hospital or doctor’s surgery.
- More information on NHS -services: nhs.gov.ukLink to another website.
- More information on travelling through Heathrow incl. temperature screening: Heathrow.comLink to another website.
Sanctions for breaking the guidelines
Fines for breaking the guidelines differ depending on where you are (England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland). The fines start form 100GBP and can go up to 10000GBP. People who do not pay a fine could be taken to court, where they could be fined an unlimited amount.
More information on the Metropolitan Police website: Coronavirus police powersLink to another website.
Coronavirus guidelines vary depending whether you are in England, Scotland, Wales of Northern Ireland. Please check guidelines prior to travelling to your destination.
- More information on guidelines in England: Coronavirus (COVID-19)Link to another website.
- More information on guidelines in Scotland: Gov.scotLink to another website.: Coronavirus in ScotlandLink to another website.
- More information on guidelines in Wales: Gov.wales: Coronavirus (COVID-19).Link to another website.
- More information on guidelines in Northern Ireland: nidirect.gov.uk: Coronavirus (COVID-19).Link to another website.
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. Appointments for passports, identity cards, visas, residence permits, citizenship matters and notarial services must be booked via email, [email protected].
You can contact the consulate via phone on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am - 11am, tel. +44 (0)20 7838 6242. Due to a high volume of calls, the line can be busy. Kindly call us again later or leave a voicemail with your phone number and we will call you back as soon as possible.
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’sLink to another website. website, as well as our updates on our social media channels.
If your enquiry is very urgent, please contact us by phone on weekdays from 10am to 12pm, and 1pm to 4pm, tel: +44 (0)20 7838 6200.