Foreign Ministry’s repatriation flights have ended
The repatriation flights arranged by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs as a result of the COVID-19 crisis have ended. Altogether 16 flights were carried out, with a total of 3,227 tourists returning to Finland or through Finland to their home country in Europe. Around 2,000 of the passengers on the flights were tourists returning to Finland.
If you are travelling abroad, return to Finland!
Due to the prevailing emergency conditions based on the Emergency Powers Act, the Government has decided to restrict traffic at Finland’s external borders starting on Thursday 19 March at 00.00. Finns travelling abroad are encouraged to return to Finland as soon as possible.
Limited consular operations due to coronavirus outbreak
The Embassy of Finland in Tokyo has for the time being limited consular operations only to Finnish citizens with a pre-booked appointment. All other services, including residence permit and regular Schengen visa applications, have been suspended.
Finland suspends the reception and processing of ordinary visa and residence permit applications in the missions
Owing to the coronavirus outbreak, Finland, in line with the rest of the Schengen countries, has suspended the reception of normal visa applications in Finland’s missions with immediate effect from 19 March until further notice.
Postponed: Works of the iconic artist Tom of Finland to be exhibited in Japan for the first time
Following the spread of CORVID-19 worldwide, and in accordance with the recommendations of Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and WHO, we regret to inform you that our upcoming exhibition, "Reality & Fantasy: The World of Tom of Finland", is postponed. The exhibition, and the accompanying programs, will take place in full at a new date this year, once the situation improves. We will keep you updated with any developments. Many thanks for your support and understanding, and of course, keep safe and healthy.
Coronavirus advice for travellers: Ministry for Foreign Affairs monitors coronavirus situation
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Finland’s Missions are monitoring the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in cooperation with the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), and they are in constant contact with key actors with regard to the situational picture and any necessary measures.
Updated Visa Code to apply from 2 February 2020
The EU is revising its Visa Code in order to facilitate visa procedures for travellers and to respond more effectively to the challenges posed by illegal migration. Finland will start applying the new Visa Code on 2 February 2020 together with other Schengen countries.
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