This page contains practical travel information for international leisure travelers planning a visit to Finland during the Coronavirus pandemic.
We want to reassure you that our travel service providers are adhering to all health guidelines to ensure your safe and comfortable stay with us.
Latest updates on traveling to Finland
Last updated: 29 October 2020 at 10:35 EET
Finland welcomes leisure travelers from a number of countries where the coronavirus situation has eased. There is no mandatory quarantine or testing for travelers from these countries on arrival in Finland.
As of 12 October, leisure travel is possible between Finland and the Vatican.
As of 12 October, travel restrictions are unfortunately back in place again for travelers from Cyprus, Latvia and Lichtenstein due to an increase of coronavirus cases in these countries. Arrival by pleasure craft is possible from Schengen countries.
Leisure travel is also possible for people living in China (based on EU guidance on reciprocity) Australia, Japan,New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, and Uruguay. Self-isolation is not required for travelers from these countries.
As of 19 September, the new limit value of the Finnish government for travel to Finland without mandatory testing or quarantine is a maximum of 25 new cases of the disease per 100,000 persons in the country during the previous 14 days.
LEISURE TRAVEL ALSO POSSIBLE FROM EU AND SCHENGEN COUNTRIES WITH HIGHER INFECTION RATES STARTING END OF NOVEMBER
As of 23 November, leisure travel will also be possible from all EU and Schengen countries (including UK) with infection rates above 25 per 100 000 persons. However, travelers from these countries will need to have proof on arrival in Finland of a negative COVID-19 test result no older than 72 hours. On arrival in Finland, visitors from these countries are placed in quarantine for 72 hours after which they need to take a second test. After a second negative COVID-19 test result, the person can move around in Finland freely. If the visit to Finland lasts less than 72 hours, no quarantine or second test is required.
Finnish health authorities will review countries’ infection rates weekly. The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare’s traffic light model show which countries it is possible to travel to Finland from.
Finnish health authorities may enforce mandatory COVID-19 testing and quarantines of 10 days on people arriving from travel-restricted countries if there is suspicion that they may have been subjected to the virus, for instance during their flight.
For more detailed official information on travel to Finland and the coronavirus situation in Finland, please refer to the additional links in this article.
To find out more about leisure travel in Finland during the coronavirus pandemic from the travel trade perspective, please visit the Travel Trade Travel Recovery site at Businessfinland.fi.
General health and safety measures regarding coronavirus in Finland include avoiding physical contact, maintaining a safe distance from other people and observing good hand and respiratory hygiene. Finnish health authorities recommend using face masks in public transport and in other situations where it is difficult to maintain 1-2 m distances from other people.
If you suspect that you might contracted COVID-19, use the Coronavirus symptom checker to first assess your condition, if possible. If the symptom checker advises you to contact a health care professional, call your nearest healthcare center, hospital emergency department or the national Medical Helpline at tel. 116 117.
If your travel insurance includes medical insurance, please contact the health provider mentioned in the policy for advice.
NATIONWIDE EMERGENCY NUMBER 112
Call the emergency number only in genuine emergency situations. In an emergency situation, you will be treated even if you do not have a municipality of residence in Finland. The medical costs can be collected from you afterwards. The emergency number can be called free of charge from any phone. No area code is needed. If you have a mobile phone subscription that is based abroad you can still call the emergency number without an area code.
Finnish airportsstrongly recommend using face masks. Airports and ports may test passengers with possible coronavirus symptoms.
In all public transport, passengers must remember to avoid physical contact, maintain a safe distance from other people and observe good hand and respiratory hygiene. If it is not possible to maintain safe distances, the use of face masks is recommended. When leaving the airport or harbor, using your own car or taking a taxi is recommended. For hygiene guidance on aircraft or cruise ships, please refer to information provided by your airline or cruise line.
MONITOR STATEMENTS AND GUIDANCE
Travelers are asked to closely monitor statements and guidance issued by their home countries’ public authorities, health officials and embassies, in order to receive timely information on matters such as quarantine instructions upon arrival at home. You can find the contact information of your own Embassy in Finland on the list of representations of foreign countries in Finland maintained by Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Please note that the police may extend the validity of a visa in the event that flight cancellations, for example, prevent the visa holder from leaving Finnish territory before their visa expires. For more info please contact the police.
Restaurants, cafés and bars are can be open from 4am until 1am, however they can serve alcohol only between 9am and midnight. Areas of Finland where there is higher incidence of COVID-19, serving alcohol will end at 10pm and closing is at 11pm. As of 11 October, these areas include Uusimaa, Southwest Finland, Pirkanmaa, Kanta-Häme and Ostrobothnia. In these areas, restaurants, cafés and bars can only be filled to 50% capacity.
Restaurants, cafés and bars must offer indoor seating to all customers and safe distances must be maintained. Outdoor seating is not restricted, however safe distances must be maintained. Service providers are required to ensure that customers can wash or sanitize their hands upon arrival. Customers are encouraged to maintain a safe distance from other people and observe good hand and respiratory hygiene.
Sights and attractions are open, however please check their websites for up-to-date information on opening times any specific safety considerations.
Accommodation and other services for travelers are open, however please check with your chosen service provider for the availability of their service and any specific safety considerations.