Information for South Africans wishing to travel during lockdown

Information for South Africans wishing to travel during lockdown

South Africa is on alert level 3 of the national lockdown. International passenger traffic is suspended, except for repatriation flights. Interprovincial travel is not allowed without a permit. Visa applications are not processed at the moment.

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. Please book an appointment ([email protected]) with us, and then contact local authorities for a permit in case you need to cross province borders. Please follow our website and social media for further updates.

Repatriation flights

Repatriation flights are the only option for returning to Finland at the moment, since  commercial flights are not allowed. Passengers have to make the booking and payment for the repatriation flights themselves. 

Air France - KLM, Lufthansa and Swissair are offering repatriation flights out of the country. 

South African authorities have restrictions for its citizens wishing to leave the country on a repatriation flight. South Africans who wish to leave the country are permitted to depart only for certain reasons . More information can be found on Department of Home Affairs website Please contact us by email for a letter confirming the admissibility under the current circumstances as required by the local authorities. Kindly send us also a copy of your passport and residence permit.

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.

Other useful links related to corona virus in Finland:

-Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
-Finnish institute for health and welfare
-News in English by YLE News