Changes to travel recommendations: exercise special caution when travelling to the EU and the Schengen area
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs recommends exercising special caution when travelling to the EU and Schengen area The Ministry also recommends avoiding unnecessary travel to countries outside the EU and Schengen area, except for countries for which the restrictions on entry have been lifted. In addition, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs still recommends avoiding all travel to Brazil, South Africa, Indiaand Russia.
Updated 1.7.2021: The recommendation to Russia "avoid all travel"
12.7. "From 12 to 25 July" - section
The COVID-19 pandemic remains a major global risk to travel safety, and the situation may deteriorate abruptly and unpredictably in any country or region. Travellers may face limited access to healthcare, quarantine and restrictions on being outdoors. The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has limited capacity to assist travellers in distress during the pandemic.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foreign Ministry’s general travel advice is to exercise special caution when travelling to the EU and the Schengen area. With regard to countries outside the EU and Schengen area, the general advice is to avoid all non-essential travel except to countries for which the restrictions on entry have already been lifted(Link to another website.) (Opens New Window). In addition, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs still recommends avoiding all travel to Brazil, South Africa, India and Russia.
The Foreign Ministry also recommends avoiding all travel to certain countries due to their general security situation or leaving such countries immediately. Country-specific travel advice (in Finnish)(Link to another website.) (Opens New Window)
Finnish citizens always have the right to leave Finland if they wish to do so, provided that there is no legal impediment to this, and Finnish citizens and people with a permanent residence in Finland always have the right to return to Finland.
If you travel, act responsibly
If you decide to travel, you must act responsibly and follow the recommendations and regulations issued by the authorities.
If you are planning to travel, it is important to remember that all countries may impose restrictions on entry at their own borders, and it may not be possible to travel to all countries. Before travelling, always check the current entry regulations in your destination from the authorities of the country in question, e.g. by contacting the nearest mission of the country. Note that countries may also impose entry restrictions on transit traffic.
An increasing number of countries are not permitting entry unless travellers show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, proof of recovery from COVID-19 or proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Most countries require the certificates to be either in their own language or in English. Travellers are responsible for finding out what kinds of certificates they need to enter the country or countries they intend to visit.
Before you travel, 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.
- We always recommend submitting your travel plans and contact details to the Ministry at matkustusilmoitus.fi (Link to another website.) (Opens New Window)
- Please also consult the Ministry’s frequently asked questions (Link to another website.) (Opens New Window)before you travel.
From 12 to 25 July, the Border Guard will allow travellers to enter Finland if they meet one of the following conditions:
- People may enter Finland from the EU and Schengen areas if the incidence rate in the country they are arriving from is below 25, or if they have proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or have recovered from COVID-19 within the past six months.
- People may enter Finland from other EU and Schengen countries for essential or work-related reasons.
- People may enter Finland from third countries on the EU’s green list if the incidence of COVID-19 in the country in question is below 25.
- Entry from third countries other than those on the green list is allowed only for essential reasons.
- Health security measures are not required for transit travel through Helsinki Airport, but travellers must ensure they meet the travel requirements of their destination country.
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare is responsible for providing appropriate health security instructions to all travellers arriving in Finland. Visit the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare website for the latest health security guidelines and recommendations for self-isolation: Travel and the coronavirus pandemic(Link to another website.) (Opens New Window)
Finnish Border Guard: Covid19-info(Link to another website.) (Opens New Window)
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare: Travel and the coronavirus pandemic(Link to another website.) (Opens New Window)