The COVID-19 coronavirus situation in the United States

The COVID-19 coronavirus situation in the United States

President Donald Trump has declared a National State of Emergency in the United States.

The United States has suspended entry from most non-U.S. citizens coming from China, Iran, and several European countries, Finland included. Also crossing of US-Canadian border and US-Mexican has been limited.

The United States entry restrictions do not apply to American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home to the US. They are, however, required to travel through one of the 13 airports, submit to an enhanced entry screening, and self-quarantine for 14 days once they reach their final destination. You can find more information on travel restrictions and possible exemptions on the US Department of Homeland Security’s website.

The US travel ban does not prevent Finns from returning to Finland. However, a person recovering from an international trip to Finland should self-quarantine for 14 days. Please follow the Instructions of Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare. The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has urged to avoid all travel abroad for the time being. Finns travelling abroad are also encouraged to return to Finland as soon as possible. This does not apply to Finns who live abroad permanently. Please bear in mind the border traffic restrictions.

The White House has also issued National Guidelines aimed to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus. According to the President’s Guidelines e.g. social gatherings of more than ten people, discretionary travel, and dining at restaurants should be avoided. Teleworking and distance learning are encouraged. Detailed guidelines can be found in full on the White House website. The guidelines are valid until the end of April.

States and cities have set their own restrictions and guidelines. Please consult the official websites of the local authorities.  The CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, collects current, national and regional information on its website.  There you can also find links to the health authorities of different states.

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).   

In the Washington Metropolitan area,  Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia Stay-at-Home orders are in place. 

In New York the governor has announced "New York State on Pause" executive order. 

In California ”Stay Home” order has been put in place. 

 

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.


Finnish missions in the United States

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, The Embassy of Finland and the Consulates General of New York and Los Angeles are mostly teleworking.

The Embassy of Finland customer service phone hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm to 3pm. You can also reach us via e-mail:  [email protected]. For now, our passport service is open only in urgent emergency cases – appointment mandatory.

Consulate General in New York has limited consular operations to emergency services only. Phone service is open Mon-Fri 9 am-12 pm. You can also contact us by email: [email protected].

Consulate General in Los Angeles has limited its consular operations to emergency services only. All passports trips have been canceled until further notice. We recommend that you contact us by email: [email protected]. Phone service is open Mon-Fri 9 am - 4 pm.

 

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Embassy of Finland, Washington D.C.

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Twitter: @FinlandinUSA 
Instagram: @FinlandinUSA

Consulate General of Finland,  New York

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Twitter: @FinlandNY
Instagram: @finlandnewyork

Consulate General of Finland, Los Angeles

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Twitter: @FinlandLA
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