If you are coming to Finland from a country outside the Schengen area
You can travel to Finland from any country if you have an acceptable certificate of the full vaccination course against COVID-19 and the necessary travel documents.
If you are a Finnish citizen or live in Finland, you always have the right to return to Finland.
If you are returning to Finland from abroad, prepare to prove at the border that you have a justifiable reason for entering Finland. At the border control, you must present a valid identity card or passport and, if necessary, the required visa or residence permit. Further information on border crossings can be found on the website of the Finnish Border Guard.
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Health checks at the Finnish border
The obligations under the Communicable Diseases Act apply to everyone arriving in Finland. Therefore, you need to familiarise yourself with the instructions of the Finnish health authorities regardless of the country from which you are arriving in Finland.
When you arrive in Finland, you will be referred to a health check at the border.
- If you have received the full vaccination series, you can show the authorities the vaccination certificate.
- If you have recovered from COVID-19 within less than six months, you can show the authorities the recovery certificate.
- If you took a COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before entering the country and the result is negative, you can show the authorities the test certificate.
- If you do not have a certificate, you will be referred to a test or you will be given instructions on how to get tested.
In certain situations, you must also take a second COVID-19 test within 3–5 days of arriving in Finland. The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare recommends that you avoid contact until you have received a negative result from this second test.
You are not required to undergo COVID-19 testing upon entry if you have a certificate for having received the full COVID-19 vaccination series and the last dose was administered at least 7 days ago or if you have a certificate for having recovered from a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past six months. In other cases, testing is mandatory.
EU citizens and residents can obtain the EU Digital COVID Certificate, which is accepted in cross-border traffic by all EU countries. Residents of Finland can obtain the EU digital COVID-19 certificate from the Omakanta.fi service.
For more information, please visit the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.
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Use the FINENTRY service to get across the border faster
Start using the service before travelling. The FINENTRY service provides you with personal instructions on what to do when arriving in Finland during the pandemic. You can use the FINENTRY service to:
- make an appointment for a COVID-19 test in Finland
- receive instructions for arriving at your test location via SMS
- get your test result via SMS.
The service is available in several languages. Please also observe the instructions and restrictions related to entry to Finland.
If you apply for your first residence permit
Due to coronavirus, Finland has restricted the reception and processing of applications for visas and residence permits in diplomatic missions. You can still apply for a residence permit in Finland or for registration of right of residence through the Enter Finland online service of the Finnish Immigration Service. You can also pay the processing fee through the online service.
You must, however, visit a Finnish diplomatic mission or a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service to prove your identity before your application can be processed. You normally need prove your identity within three months of submitting the application. Due to the coronavirus situation, the identification period has been extended to 1.10.2022. Check the status of the Finnish diplomatic mission serving you at finlandabroad.fi.
Follow the customer bulletins of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Finnish Immigration Service.
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If you are seeking asylum in Finland
Apply for asylum in Finland personally with the police or border control authority. You can come to Finland and submit an application for asylum even during the coronavirus situation. Immediately inform the border control authority that you wish to apply for asylum.
If you are in Finland
If you are already in Finland and are applying for a residence permit or extension permit, you must consider the following:
- Due to the coronavirus situation, you can only visit a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service by appointment, which you can book in the appointment booking service of the Finnish Immigration Service.
- You can complete most of the applications in the Enter Finland online service maintained by the Finnish Immigration Service at enterfinland.fi.
- You normally need prove your identity within three months of submitting the application. Due to the coronavirus situation, the identification period has been extended to 1.10.2022.
More detailed instructions on how to apply for a residence permit and to visit a service point during the coronavirus epidemic, please visit the website of the Finnish Immigration Service.
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You can find more information about the effects of COVID-19 in Finland on the InfoFinland page: Coronavirus COVID-19 .