Ask a COVID-19 Question
Updated: September 13, 2021
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. This includes U.S. citizens and travelers who have been vaccinated. The test must be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test (nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT] or antigen test) with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- The COVID-19 situation has deteriorated in recent weeks in certain areas of Finland.
- Certain national and regional restrictions and recommendations are in place to prevent further spread.
- Cases of more transmissible virus variants have been reported throughout the country.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Finland? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- U.S. citizens can obtain COVID-19 tests via various private clinics, including (but not limited to) Mehiläinen, Terveystalo, Aava and Pihlajalinna.
- In addition, at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport, there is a private operator, Aava Medical Centre, where departing passengers may get tested. The center is open Mon-Fri 08.00-17.00 and is located in the gate area after the security check, next to gate 26. (Test results may take up to a day.)
- Approximate cost of testing is 200 to 300 Euro and must be paid up front.
- Test results are normally available within 24 hours.
- Test results are normally delivered via text message or by email.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Finland approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- Are vaccines available in Finland for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
- Which vaccines are available in Finland? Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (Comirnaty), COVID‑19 vaccine developed by Moderna, COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca, COVID-19 vaccine developed by Janssen-Cilag (Johnson&Johnson)
- According to a Government decree issued on December 22, 2020, “Covid-19 vaccines will be offered to everyone in Finland. Vaccination is voluntary and free of charge for all.”
- Information from the Finnish Institute for Health & Welfare regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
- Information from the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Maybe
- Vaccinated travelers from all countries (including the United States) are now permitted to enter Finland.
- To qualify as a vaccinated traveler, you must have received the last dose of a valid COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to arrival.
- A list of vaccines accepted in Finland is provided by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.
- Non-vaccinated travelers from the United States are permitted to enter Finland for essential reasons only. More information can be found here.
- Regarding unvaccinated children, the Finnish Border Guard says: “A person who can provide the aforementioned certificate may enter the country accompanied by an under-age child of whom they have permanent custody. The health security measures of the under-age child are determined according to the health safety guidelines that are in force at the time.”
- Please direct any questions to the Finnish Border Guard and/or the Embassy of Finland in the United States.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Maybe
- Vaccinated travelers are not required to provide negative COVID-19 test results.
- Unvaccinated travelers from the United States must provide a negative COVID-19 test result or evidence of recent recovery from COVID-19. Alternatively, you may take two COVID-19 tests upon arrival. More information can be found here.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- Vaccinated travelers are not subject to additional health screening procedures.
- Unvaccinated travelers may be asked to undergo a health examination upon arrival.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Masks or face coverings are required on most forms of public transportation.
Please note that masks are required.
U.S. citizen services:
- Emergency services: Available for U.S. citizens in distress. Please contact us.
- Passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad: Appointments are available, but please note that wait times are currently longer than normal due to increased demand. Those seeking an earlier appointment should check the online scheduling system often for cancellations and openings.
- Emergency passport appointments: Available only in the event of life-or-death emergency involving the traveler (and will require evidence of such). Please only email us at HelsinkiACS@state.gov for an earlier appointment should you have a life-or-death emergency involving the traveler.
- Renunciation or relinquishment of U.S. citizenship: Not currently available.
- Notarial services: Extremely limited appointments available for U.S. citizens only.
Immigrant visa services:
- We are scheduling appointments for all visa classifications.
- At this time, we can accommodate Finnish nationals and permanent residents only. We are not accepting transfers from other posts.
Non-immigrant visa services:
- Most travel to the United States from Finland remains suspended.
- All non-immigrant visa applicants should prepare for significant processing delays.
- We have extremely limited capacity for non-immigrant visa services, even for those who may qualify for a National Interest Exception.
- Services are available to Finnish nationals and permanent residents only at this time.
- Finnish Government
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland
- Finnish Border Guard
- Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare