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COVID-19 Travel Advice & Embassy Operations

Dear Friends,

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.

Travel Advice

Last updated 11 May 2022:

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR UKRAINIAN NATIONALS AND RESIDENTS OF UKRAINE SEEKING TO TRAVEL TO IRELAND

The visa requirement for Ukrainian nationals travelling to Ireland was lifted on 25 February.

Full details can be found at www.irishimmigration.ie.

All other non-EEA nationals who are ordinarily subject to a visa requirement still need to apply for a visa, even if travelling from Ukraine or travelling with a Ukrainian national.

You can find further information here

The Irish Government will help you when you arrive in Ireland. You can find full details here.

Entry to Finland:

Passengers from EU and Schengen countries, countries and regions on the current Green List (see here), as well as Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City State are required to comply with health security measures and may be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

No COVID-19 tests are required if a passenger can present:

  • A certificate of having received a complete and valid COVID-19 vaccination series at least 7 days prior to entry; OR
  • A single certificate that the person has recovered from COVID-19 virus and one dose of vaccine; OR
  • An EU Digital COVID Certificate proving recovery from COVID-19 within the prior 6 months.
  • If a passenger has none of the certificates listed above, they must have a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result of less than 72 hours or a certificate of having received the first dose in the COVID-19 vaccination series or undertake a COVID-19 test at the point of entry. In addition, a second COVID-19 test must be taken within 3 to 5 days of arriving in Finland.

Passengers arriving from outside EU and Schengen countries (aged 16 and older) and not from one of the countries or regions on the current Green List are required to present either:

  • A certificate of  a complete and valid vaccination series (at least 7 days must have passed since the last vaccine dose); OR
  • One dose of vaccine and a certificate of recovery from COVID-19; OR
  • An EU Digital COVID certificate proving a person has recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months.

The above requirements do not apply to Finnish citizens, permanent residents of Finland or those travelling for essential reasons (see here).

From 1st February 2022, vaccine certificates for primary vaccination series will not be accepted for travel if more than 270 days have passed since the final dose in the primary vaccine series. Vaccine certificates based on booster/additional doses are not time limited.

For information on requirements for third country national transiting through Finland, see here.

Please note that all persons arriving in Finland are still bound by the obligations stated in the Communicable Diseases Act. Make sure you read the guidelines of the Finnish institute for health and welfare on their web pages, regardless of which country or area you are travelling from: Travel and the coronavirus pandemic.

It is recommended to log into the FINENTRY web service before you travel to Finland. In the Lapland health care district, the corresponding service is LAPLANDENTRYUsing these services facilitates significantly better health safety upon entry into the country 

The Finnish Border Guard provides more information for travellers entering Finland here.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare provides guidance on health security measures here.

More information on travelling to Finland is also available on the DFA travel website here

Entry to Ireland:

As of 6 March, all travel requirements to Ireland introduced to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic have been removed.

Passengers will no longer be required to complete and produce a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before departure.

While all travel requirements to enter Ireland have been removed, other EU and non-EU countries may still require travellers to hold either:

  • proof of vaccination
  • proof of recovery, or
  • a negative test result

Following changes to EU rules from 1 February 2022:

  • vaccine certificates for primary vaccination series are not accepted for travel if more than 270 days have passed since the final dose in the primary vaccine series. Persons travelling with only a vaccination certificate showing their primary series must ensure that it is still in the acceptable date range
  • vaccine certificates based on booster/additional doses are not time limited and persons travelling with this additional document are not subject to the 270 day acceptance period

Please review the travel restriction in place for each EU country. Details can be found on DFA Travel Advisory or Re-Open EU.

Any individual that develops COVID-19 symptoms while in Ireland should follow the HSE guidance in relation to isolation and undertaking antigen or RT-PCR testing as appropriate.

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.

 

Visas

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 website of the Irish Immigration Service

To submit an application please see our Visa Information for application guidelines.

 

Passports

All passport applicants are required to apply or renew online.

 

Appointments

Appointments for Consular matters, when necessary, can be made by calling +358 9 682 4240 or sending a message through the website Contact form.

 

Emergencies

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.

 

Registration

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

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Emergency Contact Details

Outside office hours, in case of a genuine consular emergency for Irish citizens in Finland, please call the Embassy's main phone number on +358 9 6824240.

Follow the voicemail message to obtain the mobile phone number of the Duty Officer.

Alternatively, the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin can be contacted at +353-1-408-2000.