Finland reopening tourism

Finland COVID travel and entry restrictions (Updated)

Finland remains open only for essential travel and from November 23rd, all visitors must bring proof of a negative COVID test!

Finnish authorities have decided to reintroduce a series of entry restrictions to multiple EU and third party countries as part of its new strategy to tackle the spread of the second wave of COVID-19.

As of today, countries are being put under 3 categories, “Border traffic returned to normal”, “Restriction category 1” and “Restriction category 2”. Depending on the category your country falls into, you will have different entry restrictions.

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From November 23, a negative PCR COVID test is required from all EU/EEA citizens to enter Finland. It must be taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival.

What’s the current situation in Finland?

As can be seen on a graph below, Finland is handling the spread of the Coronavirus in the 2nd wave very well. Daily rates are as low as 100-400 cases per day.

As of Nov 17th, Finland has a 19,935 confirmed cases and 371 deaths caused by the virus. (Source: Wikipedia)

Who is allowed entry without restrictions?

There are two options to visit Finland without COVID-19 test or quarantine

  1.  If your country belongs in the “Border traffic turned to normal” list
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda 
  • South Korea
  • Thailand 
  • The Vatican
  • Uruguay
  1. If your country has less than 25 cases for 100.000 people, during the previous 14 days – Check the pictures below

Important! – Starting on November 23, all EU and Schengen countries will be allowed entry for tourism by only submitting proof of a negative COVID-19 result and a 72-hour quarantine.

After this waiting period, visitors will be allowed to take a second COVID-19 test and if they are able to produce a negative result they will be allowed to resume their trip.

What countries allowed entry WITH restrictions? –  (Only essential travel)

Restriction category 1

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia 
  • Cyprus 
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy 
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein and 
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg 
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Norway 
  • Poland
  • Portugal 
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia 
  • Slovenia 
  • Spain 
  • Sweden, 
  • Switzerland 
  • Czechia
  • the Netherlands 
  • United Kingdom

Foreign visitors from the countries above must use border crossing points where border control has been reinstated. Crossing the border in other places is not permitted without a special border crossing permit.

Who from the Restriction Category 1 list can enter Finland?

  • Finland nationals. 
  • Legal residents of Finland (with accrediting documents.)
  • Finland Nationals or legal residents family members.
  • EU and Schengen countries nationals (coming through the Schengen area and/or a country from the EU.)
  • Legal residents of any territory within the EU or Schengen area (coming through the Schengen area and/or a country from the EU.)

Essential travelers from any country:

  • Workers fulfilling their duties.
  • Diplomats or other personnel from international organisations, military or humanitarian workers.
  • International students completing a program in Finland.
  • Travelers who have family matters to attend to in Finland (funerals, relationship, wedding, illness, and others.)
  • Travelers in need of protection or other humanitarian reasons.
  • Travelers with a truly compelling reason to visit Finland (international journalism, property arrangements in Finland, having a second home in Finland, and others. 

For more information check the official website.)

Do third countries have restrictions on visiting Finland?

Finland travel restrictions for tourism

Restriction Category 2 countries are third countries (not EU, or Schengen) such as Russia or the USA, are not allowed to visit Finland for tourism. They may still be admitted under the following conditions.

Nationals and legal residents returning from third countries:

  • Finland nationals. 
  • EU or Schengen countries nationals legally residing in Finland.
  • Family members of Finland nationals or nationals from EU or Schengen countries with a residence permit in Finland.
  • Third-country nationals with a residence permit in Finland.

Essential travelers from third countries

  • Health care and elderly care professionals in service.
  • Freight transport and logistics personnel in service.
  • Diplomats, international organizations personnel, military and humanitarian workers in service.
  • State representatives engaged in work for NGOs.
  • Travelers who have pressing family matters to attend to in Finland (the birth of your own child, your own wedding, a serious illness of a close relative, dating relationship, etc)
  • Travelers in need of protection or other humanitarian reasons.

For more information check the official website)

What is the COVID-19 situation in Finland?

COVID-19 situation in Finland

The coronavirus pandemic has so far not caused any major losses in Finland as it has in other neighboring countries. The government is reportedly working to prevent shortages of medicine and medical equipment to avoid unexpected issues if the second covid-19 wave hits them.

As of today, the country has reported 14,970 positive cases, 11,300 of them already received, and 354 deaths. The contagion rate has been decreasing over the last few weeks.

Do I have to quarantine in Finland?

If you come from a third country you are advised to do so. You could, however, undergo two voluntary COVID-19 tests instead. (You can get one for € 200-250 at Mehiläinen, Terveystalo, Aava or Pihlajalinna private clinics)