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.
Virtual Meeting with Finns living in Israel March 10, 2021
The Embassy staff members met Finns living in Israel on Wednesday March 10. The meeting was held virtually on Teams Application. On this page you can find the recording of the meeting, see the greeting videos and one of the most popular video in our 70- years' program last year, Finland in Israel.
COVID 19 - news in Israel
Israel has eased restrictions on gathering and movement as of 7 March. Foreign national must have an entry clearance when entering the country. All passengers arriving in Israel and their itinerary was 72 hours or more must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result to airline staff. Those returning from abroad are required to quarantine for 10-14 days. Rules and regulations might change at short notice.
Finns Abroad – how to add your contact information on Embassy’s mailing list
European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR) was implemented on 25th of May 2018. With the new regulation the Embassy permanently deleted the old register data of the Finns abroad. You can inform about your residence in the area by filling out the online travel notification at www.matkustusilmoitus.fi.
The exceptional circumstances of 2020 showed in consular assistance
In 2020, the Unit for Consular Assistance provided nearly twice as much guidance compared to the previous year. In the spring, during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, personal guidance and advice were given to tens of thousands of travellers stranded abroad. Thousands of travellers were assisted in returning to Finland after air traffic ground to a sudden halt.
Finland seeks membership of UN Human Rights Council
Finland is seeking membership of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2022–2024. The campaign slogan: ”A Diverse World, Universal Human Rights”, underscores the universal nature of human rights. The election will take place at the UN General Assembly in October 2021.
Changes to travel recommendations: avoid all travel to Brazil and South Africa
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs urges to avoid all travel to the Brazil and South Africa in accordance with the recommendation of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. For all other countries, the Foreign Ministry’s general travel advice due to the COVID-19 pandemic is to avoid all but essential travel.
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