COVID-19 Travel Advice & Embassy Operations
In the current circumstances, the Embassy of Ireland is operating on a restricted basis until further notice. For queries or appointments, please contact us via the website Contact form.
Update 3rd December 2021:
- Entry to Finland: All passengers aged 16 and older will be required to show a COVID Certificate, or if they do not have such a certificate, they will have to undergo a COVID-19 test. With effect from 4th December 2021.
- Entry to Ireland: All passengers aged 12 and older will need a negative or 'not detected' COVID-19 test. In addition all passengers must fill out a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before departure. With effect from 00.01 on 5th December 2021.
- if passenger does not have a Digital COVID Certificate based on vaccination or recovery, they have to show a negative ('not detected') RT-PCR test which was carried out no more than 72 hours before they arrive in Ireland.
- if passenger has proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19, they have to show a negative ('not detected') antigen test which was carried out no more than 48 hours before they arrive in Ireland. Alternatively, they can show a negative ('not detected') RT-PCR test which was carried out no more than 72 hours before they arrive. Antigen tests have to be carried out by approved professionals - you can't test yourself.
- More information on the new rules for travelling to Ireland can be found here.
More information on travelling to Finland is available on the DFA travel website here.
The Finnish Border Guard also provides information for travellers entering Finland here.
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare provides guidance on health security measures here.
Information on testing for COVID-19 in Finland is available on the FINENTRY service here.
More information on the Government of Ireland advice on international travel can be found here.
We advise all Irish citizens when travelling abroad to remain vigilant and follow the instructions and advice from the local authorities.
The Department of Justice has announced the resumption of visa services from 13 September 2021.
If you wish to apply for an Irish visa, further information can be found on the new website of the Irish Immigration Service.
To submit an application please see our Visa Information for application guidelines.
All passport applicants are required to apply or renew online.
Appointments for Consular matters, when necessary, can be made by calling +358 9 682 4240 or sending a message through the website Contact form.
Emergency Consular assistance continues to be provided and any Irish citizens in need of assistance should call +358 9 682 4240 and leave a message clearly stating their name, phone number and issue. The mailbox is monitored regularly and the Duty Officer will call you back as soon as possible.
In addition, you can register your contact details on Citizens’ Registration, which allows us to contact you and provide assistance in the event of an unforeseen crisis or family emergency while you are overseas: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/citizens-registration
The Helsinki Embassy Team