If you travel, be prepared for unexpected changes caused by COVID-19
The prolonged COVID-19 epidemic has led to an exceptional situation for travellers. This summer, borders have gradually started to open up and, thanks to vaccinations, safe and healthy travel is possible to a greater extent. Many Finns are also spending their holidays abroad. However, it is important to remember that the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing and that infections are rising again in many holiday destinations popular among Finns. When travelling, it is important to act responsibly and observe guidelines in place to ensure health security.
Changes proposed to the prices of identity cards and passports issued by missions abroad
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has sent out for comments a proposal on amendments to the Decree of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Fees for Services Produced by the Foreign Service. The consultation round will be open until 6 August 2021. According to the proposal, the prices of identity cards and passports issued by missions abroad would be raised by 6 euros and 55 euros respectively.
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.
Finns in Greece: Riikka Pulkkinen's story from an Erasmus student to a translator and a teacher of Finnish language
Riikka Pulkkinen is a linguistic bridge builder between Finland and Greece. She teaches Finnish language and translates literature both ways between Finnish and Modern Greek. Riikka has edited and translated an anthology of Modern Greek short stories “Kasvotusten” ("Face to face"), which will be published during June 2021. She also works on her dissertation about Athens and the way it is experienced by literary characters in Modern Greek novels of the past decades.
Wärtsilä has three decades of experience in the Greek market
Our embassy interviewed General Manager of Wärtsilä Greece, Mr Yiannis Christopoulos, for his views concerning the Greek maritime and energy sectors since the battle against climate change has an impact for the development of these sectors
Time for advance voting in Finland's Municipal Elections 2021 in Greece has changed
The municipal elections will be held in Finland on Sunday 13 June 2021. Advance voting will be possible at the Embassy of Finland in Athens from 2nd to 5th June 2021. You can exercise your right to vote also through postal voting. Due to Covid outbreak, it is recommended to order the postal voting documents also in the case you are planning to cast your vote at the polling station.
Temporary AMKA for Covid Vaccination
According to the instructions received from the Greek authorities, if you do not have a Greek social security number (AMKA), you can act as below in order to receive a temporary AMKA for Covid vaccination. Currently, there is no information on the actual vaccination process for temporary AMKA holders. We'll let you know as soon as we get more information.
Business travel during COVID-19: topical information about entry restrictions on the websites of Finnish missions abroad
To support people travelling on essential business during the coronavirus pandemic, Finnish missions abroad keep their websites updated on local travel restrictions. Rules and guidance in different countries can change rapidly, which is why the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises people travelling on business to always check the official website of the country of destination, to consider whether the trip is essential, and to act responsibly.
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