The COVID-19 situation in the United States

The COVID-19 situation in the United States

The United States has suspended entry for most non-U.S. citizens coming from China, Brazil, Iran, and several European countries, Finland included, with some exceptions depending on your reason for travel and visa status.

Text: COVID-19 coronavirus

UPDATED ON MARCH 15, 2021

The United States entry restrictions do not apply for instance to American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home to the US. 

On January 25, 2021, President Biden issued a new presidential proclamation suspending entry to the US of noncitizens who were physically present within the Schengen area during the 14-day period preceding their attempted entry to the country. Some exceptions apply. Read the proclamation and the list of exceptions on the White House websiteLink to another website..

Please contact the US authorities for more information if any questions arise about your entry status.


Travel between Finland and the United States

Air passengers arriving to the US are required to get tested for COVID-19 before their flight. Before boarding a US-bound flight, they are asked to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Read more about the requirements on CDC’s websiteLink to another website..

You can find more information on travel restrictions, self-quarantine when arriving to the US, and possible exemptions on the US Department of Homeland Security’s websiteLink to another website.(Opens New Window).  You can also look into the website of the US Embassy in HelsinkiLink to another website. for more information.

CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people. Find CDC’S guide to masks on their websiteLink to another website..

The US travel ban does not prevent Finns from returning to Finland. However, a person recovering from a trip from US to Finland should self-isolate. Travelers can shorten their self-isolation period at their discretion if they take two voluntary COVID-19 tests. People arriving in the country may also be directed to a voluntary COVID-19 test at an airport or port. Based on a risk assessment, the doctor may place the person under quarantine. Please follow the Instructions of Finnish Institute of Health and WelfareLink to another website..

The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs' general travel advice continues to be to avoid all but essential travel to and from all countries. This general advice does not apply to countries for which the Government has already lifted the entry restrictions. Please bear in mind the current border traffic restrictions, and read the latest updates on the Finnish Border Guard's websiteLink to another website..

The restrictions vary by region

In United States the measures and restrictions regarding movement and services depend of the region. Several states have also imposed quarantine requirements on travelers coming from certain states. 

The same applies to the lifting of restrictions and the timetable of the gradual re-opening of the economy. Please follow the local authorities' official websites and/or social media channels for the latest information:

Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia

New York 

California

The CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, collects current, national and regional information on its websiteLink to another website..  There you can also find links to the health authorities of different statesLink to another website..

The Embassy of Finland in Washington and the Consulates General of Finland in New York and Los Angeles follow the corona situation closely on their social media channels (links on the bottom of the page).   

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. In case of an emergency, call 911


Customer service 

Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C. and the Consulates General of Finland in New York and Los Angeles are open by appointment only.

Make an appointmentLink to another website. 


Follow us on social media for more information and updates

Embassy of Finland, Washington DC

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Consulate General of Finland,  New York

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Consulate General of Finland, Los Angeles

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