The COVID-19 coronavirus situation in the United States

The COVID-19 coronavirus situation in the United States

The United States has suspended entry from most non-U.S. citizens coming from China, Brazil, Iran, and several European countries, Finland included. 

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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 15 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.  You can also look into the website of the US Embassy in Helsinki for more information.

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 recommends to continue to avoid all non-essential travel abroad for the time being. Please bear in mind the current border traffic restrictions, and read the latest updates on the Finnish Boarder Guard's website.

The restrictions vary by region

In United States the measures and restrictions regarding movement and services depend of the region. 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 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).   

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.

Other important information

 

  • On April 16th the White House gave the States guidance related to the gradual opening of the US economy. More detailed information on the guidelines can also be found on the White House website: Guidelines Opening Up America Again.
  • President Trump has issued a proclamation, which suspends the entry into the United States of immigrants. Some exceptions apply. The proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on April 23, 2020. The proclamation expires 60 days from its effective date and may be continued as necessary. You can find more information on the website of the White House.

Customer service 

Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C. and the Consulates General of Finland in New York and Los Angeles have opened limited passport services on Monday June 8th, 2020.

It is mandatory to schedule an appointment beforehand. Please schedule your appointment and find out more details via the following link:

Make an appointment 


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Consulate General of Finland,  New York

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Consulate General of Finland, Los Angeles

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