Information for South Africans wishing to travel during lockdown
South Africa on the lowest alert level 1 of the national lockdown from March. Some airlines disrupted flights to/from South Africa after the findings of a new form of COVID-virus in the country. Visa applications are not yet processed, except for essential reasons.
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.
Travelling to Finland is restricted and our normal visa services are still suspended. Only the following categories of visa applications can be submitted: spouse of a Finnish citizen, established relationship or other essential reasons (e.g. a funeral). There is a limited number of appointments available. Passport and residence permit applications are accepted. All services are by appointment only ([email protected]).
Starting December there has been several cancellations and changes in terms for several airlines. Changes and cancellations can be expected in the future too. If you have flights to/from South Africa booked, please contact your airline for the most updated information.
Health officials demand a health declaration when leaving or returning to South Africa. The form can be filled in earliest two days before departure, now also electronically on Department of Health websiteLink to another website.(Opens New Window).
Arrival in Finland
According to the Finnish Border Guard, foreign nationals with a valid residence permit to Finland are allowed to enter Finland. Same applies to people travelling for essential reasons, according to the list on the website of the Finnish 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 siteLink to another website.(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 FinentryLink to another website.(Opens New Window) app which gives you all the updated information about arrival. You can also book a COVID-test appointment and receive results in the app.
Other useful links related to corona virus in Finland:
-Ministry for Foreign Affairs of FinlandLink to another website.
-Finnish institute for health and welfareLink to another website.(Opens New Window) (instructions for self-quarantine in Finland)
-News in English by YLE NewsLink to another website.