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 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. Restrictions have been tightened in January due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. 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 UK and Finnish authorities' 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 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).
You’ll need to have:
- a completed passenger locator form
- proof of a negative coronavirus test from 4am on 18 January
From 15 February, new quarantine and testing rules will apply to anyone entering the UK.
Find out more about:
- testing, self-isolation and quarantine rules for England
- testing, self-isolation and quarantine rules for Northern Ireland
- testing, self-isolation and quarantine rules for Scotland Please note that hotel quarantine rules apply also for the travellers from Finland to Scotland.
- testing, self-isolation and quarantine rules for Wales
Before travelling, the traveller must consult the UK authorities' instructions for obtaining more detailed and up-to-date information. Always check the UK authorities' website 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.
From 5th January, England is in national lockdown. You can check the restrictions for your own area here.
- Further information on entering UK: Gov.uk: Entering the UK.
Travel from the UK to Finland
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.
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. It is recommended that people arriving from Britain to Finland on December 7th or thereafter apply for a corona test, with or without symptoms.
- Further information on entry restrictions to Finland: The instructions of the Finnish Border Guard to passengers regarding entry to Finland
- Further information on voluntary quarantine in Finland and shortening it by taking a test : Travel and the coronavirus pandemic
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare: What should you consider if arriving from Britain, South Africa or Ireland?
- Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland: Q&A about travelling and coronavirus
- Entry restrictions and health measures in place in Finland (Finnish government)
- Restrictions on entry and health measures in Finland from 1 October 2020 (Ministry of Interior)
- Frequently asked questions about coronavirus and travel (Finnish government)
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 face coverings and when to wear one is available here.
Heathrow airport is currently trialing temperature screening in Terminal 2 Arrivals and Terminal 2 and Terminal 5 check-in.
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 and follow their instructions. You can also call them by dialing 111. You can order a COVID-19 test online or by calling 119. Do not go to the hospital or doctor’s surgery.
- More information on NHS -services: nhs.gov.uk
- More information on travelling through Heathrow incl. temperature screening: Heathrow.com
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 6400GBP. 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 powers
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)
- More information on guidelines in Scotland: Gov.scot: Coronavirus in Scotland
- More information on guidelines in Wales: Gov.wales: Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- More information on guidelines in Northern Ireland: nidirect.gov.uk: Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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’s 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.