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Finland

If you’re travelling to Finland, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

Overview

Security Status

High Degree of Caution

Latest Travel Alert

Citizens should exercise caution in any decisions about international travel, taking account of their overall health, their vaccine status, and the risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad. Anyone considering travelling abroad should be aware that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit.

Citizens should be aware of the EU-wide rules on the validity of the EU-Digital COVID Certificate. EU-DCCs based on a primary course of vaccination will only be valid for travel if no more than 270 days have passed since the final dose in the primary vaccine series.

Travel to Finland 

Anyone considering travel to Finland should check the latest information from the local authorities regarding requirements for international passengers arriving in the country.

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. These requirements do not apply to Finnish citizens, permanent residents or those travelling for essential reasons (see here).
  • It is recommended to use the FINENTRY web service before you travel to Finland.
  • In the Lapland health care district, the corresponding service is LAPLANDENTRY.

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

It is important to check with the Finnish Border Guard for the latest information. Information on border restrictions when entering Finland is available here. You should carefully check the travel restrictions applicable to each portion of your journey, including any countries of transit. It is important that you check carefully with your airline to ensure that you fulfil all requirements before you travel.

General Travel Advice

The Government of Finland and local authorities regularly update the restrictions and recommendations in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These vary by region, depending on local incidence rates of the virus. Further information about the restrictions is available here.

If you are in Finland, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities. See links to relevant websites below. If you suspect that you may have COVID-19, you can carry out a symptom assessment using the Omaolo website, available here.

Please note that pre-departure tests in Finland should be booked through private providers. It is advisable to book well in advance of travel and to consider costs, which are comparatively high. You can find the different providers here.

We recommend that you download the Koronavilkku app. Koronavilkku is a contact-tracing app produced by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare to help you find out whether you may have been exposed to COVID-19. The app is available here.

Additional information on COVID-19 in Finland can be found via the following links:

Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare

Finnish Government: Information and Advice about Coronavirus

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Safety and Security

Safety and security

Terrorism

Finland's Security Intelligence Service (SUPO) assesses the current terrorist threat level as "elevated" (number two on a scale of one to four; one being low and four being severe). There is a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.

Crime

Crime remains relatively low in Finland but you should take sensible precautions:

  • Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
  • Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.

Reporting crime

If you’re a victim of a crime while in Finland, report it to the local police immediately. You can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Helsinki if you need help.

Driving

If you’re planning to drive in Finland, you should take care, particularly during the winter months, when the roads can be hazardous and icy conditions are common. If you want to drive:

  • Bring your full Irish driving licence and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
  • Drive with dimmed headlights at all times.
  • Make sure your car has winter/snow tyres (either studded or non-studded) from 1 December to 31 March – this is a legal requirement.

Vehicle hire

If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.

Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it’s your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.

Illegal drugs

Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.

Alcohol

Drinking in public places in built-up areas and on public transport is forbidden in Finland. The police have the right to confiscate any object or substance that may be dangerous. Anyone who violates this law may be taken to a detoxification centre and/or fined.

Finnish-Russian Border

Crossing the border of Finland into Russia is allowed only at official checkpoints where most travellers must present at least one visa. Multilingual yellow warning signs at all other points along the 1,340 km border caution travellers not to cross inside the border zone. Anyone who attempts to enter the border zone or to cross the border into Russia illegally may be charged with border offences, which can carry a fine or a prison sentence.

Health

Health

Medical care

You may be charged a standard fee at public health centres depending on the treatment you receive and where you receive it.

There’s a fixed daily charge for both in-patient treatment and outpatient visits at public hospitals, which are non-refundable. However, you may be able to claim a partial refund on private treatment from either a doctor or a hospital if you submit a receipt to the local KELA (the Social Insurance Institute of Finland) office. You must claim refunds for medical expenses within six months of the original payment.

Prescription drugs

You can get prescription drugs from any pharmacy. You'll be charged the full cost but you may be able to claim a refund from the local KELA office. See details at the following link http://www.kela.fi/web/en/medicine-expenses?inheritRedirect=true

For most prescribed medicines, you can be reimbursed for the medicines you purchase after you have met the initial deductible which is 50 euros per calendar year.

Travel Insurance

We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.

Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.

Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.

Emergency expenses

Your policy should cover:

  • All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
  • Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.   
  • 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
  • Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
  • Lost and stolen possessions.
  • Cancellation and curtailment.
  • Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).

Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.

European Health Insurance Card

As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay there. Ensure that you get or renew your EHIC (the new name for the E111) before you go, and remember, you need one for every person travelling in your group.

You can apply for your EHIC and find out more information here.

The EHIC is not a substitute for proper travel insurance provided by a reputable insurer. It doesn’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. Also, some private hospitals may not accept the EHIC, so you should check with the hospital administrator beforehand.

Additional Information

Additional information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

You need a valid passport to visit Finland and we advise you to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.

Irish citizens do not require a visa for Finland. However if you are staying for longer than three months, you are advised to register your details with the Local Register Office.

Currency

The currency of Finland is the Euro.

Climate

Summer is generally warm with relatively mild weather in spring and autumn. Mosquitoes can be prevalent during warm weather, particularly in the north of the country, so you’ll need a supply of insect repellent.

Winter temperatures can be very cold and warm clothing and footwear is essential.

Air quality

Air quality in Helsinki at certain times of the year (late spring/early summer) can be poor and, if you suffer from allergies, you may find your condition is worse at these times.

 

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

Outside office hours, in case of a genuine consular emergency involving an Irish citizen in Finland, please call the Embassy's main phone number on +358 9 6824240
and leave a message on the Duty Officer voice mailbox. This mailbox will be monitored regularly.

Embassy of Ireland
Erottajankatu 7 A
00130 Helsinki
Finland

Tel: +358 9 682 4240
Fax: +358 9 646 022

Monday - Friday: 9:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 17:00

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