Information for South Africans wishing to travel during lockdown
South Africa is on alert level 1 of the national lockdown starting 20 September. International passenger traffic will be allowed starting 1 October. Interprovincial travel is still allowed. Visa applications are not yet processed.
The office of the Finnish Embassy in Pretoria closed on 27th March, but the staff can be contacted on the same phone numbers and email addresses as usually. The contact information can be found on our website. All Finnish Embassies, including Pretoria, have suspended processing visa applications until further notice. Passport and residence permit (work and family members) applications are possible but make sure to book an appointment ([email protected]) with us. Please follow our website and social media for further updates.
South African officials have informed that international commercial flights will be allowed starting 1 October with some restrictions. To which countries flights will be allowed to and from has not yet been announced. Earlier planned repatriation flights have been cancelled and the flight companies are waiting for permission to start normal flights.
Arrival in Finland
According to the Finnish Border Guard, foreign nationals with a valid residence permit to Finland are allowed to enter Finland. The final decision on admitting foreign nationals to enter Finland or to refuse entry is made by the Finnish Border Guard at the time of entry on the border. More information on this site.
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