Information for South Africans wishing to travel during lockdown
Border checks in Finland have returned to pre-pandemic procedures
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]).
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, there is no requirement of a vaccination certificate or COVID test. Also obligatory use of the mask in public places inside has been lifted. Please refer to South African authorities for more details(layout.types.url.description).
Arrival in Finland
Border checks have returned to pre-pandemic procedures. Travellers arriving in Finland are no longer required to hold vaccination or COVID-19 test certificates, and COVID-19 tests are not carried out at border crossing points.
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)