Information for South Africans wishing to travel during lockdown

A person with a full and valid vaccination series can enter Finland.

The office of the Finnish Embassy in Pretoria is still partly distance working, 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 visa applications are submitted at VFS Global visa application center, by appointment. Applicant will need to be aware of the travel restrictions. The visa application fee is not returned in case of entry is denied. Appointments can be booked on VFS website(layout.types.url.description). Passport and residence permit applications are submitted at the embassy, by appointment. Appointments at the embassy can be booked via email ([email protected]).

International flights

Please contact your airline for the most updated information. Check also the regulations of the country where you will be changing flights.

Health officials demand a health declaration when leaving or returning to South Africa. The form can be found here(layout.types.url.description).

For entering South Africa, the officials require a vaccination certificate OR a negative COVID test obtained not more than 72h before the date of the travel.

Arrival in Finland

According to the Finnish Border Guard, entry to Finland is allowed from outside of EU when fulfilling the criteria of having a certificate of complete and valid vaccination series OR a EU certificate that the person has recovered from COVID-19. These requirements do not apply to Finnish citizens, permanent residents or persons travelling with an essential reason (evaluated case by case by the Border Guard). 

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(layout.types.url.description) (Opens New Window).

Make sure to follow the health protocols when arriving in Finland. Instructions below on Finnish Institute for health and welfare website. Please also download a Finentry(layout.types.url.description) (Opens New Window) app which gives you all the updated information about arrival.

Other useful links related to corona virus in Finland:

-Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland(layout.types.url.description)
-Finnish institute for health and welfare(layout.types.url.description) (Opens New Window) (instructions regarding covid-19 testing, vaccines and self-quarantine in Finland)
-News in English by YLE News(layout.types.url.description)