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Updated: July 13, 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for most European countries, including Finland. The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Finland.
- Visit the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website for updates and recommendations.
- Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus (Issued on: March 14, 2020)
- Proclamation—Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Issued on: March 11, 2020)
- Effective June 1, the Government of Finland is continuing to phase out the restrictions put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This is pursuant to its previously announced plan for managing the coronavirus and gradually lifting restrictions.
- Finland is subject to the Department of State’s Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel.
- The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare reports that a number of laboratory-confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been diagnosed in Finland
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- At present, international commercial flights continue to depart Helsinki-Vantaa airport and Mariehamn airport. U.S. citizens seeking to depart Finland should work with the airlines to arrange travel. Departing U.S. citizens should monitor the entry and exit requirements of any third country they are transiting, available on the U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 Information page for that country.
- Effective July 13, Finland’s new border restrictions are in effect, expanding the list of countries from which unrestricted travel is permitted. Border traffic from the United States remains limited to essential traffic. Additional information on current restrictions is available from the Finnish Border Guard.
- For guidance on its entry requirements, please visit the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland’s website.
- The Finnish Immigration Service recommends that foreign visitors who are unable to depart Finland before their visas expire “Contact the local police department in your area. The police may extend the validity of your visa. Visa extension matters are always assessed case by case.”
- Travelers arriving in Finland from most other countries may be required to restrict unnecessary close contacts and enter self-isolation for 14 days. Under self-isolation, the person is allowed to move between their workplace and place of residence and for other essential reasons. Further guidance is available at this website.
- The Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health includes COVID-19 on its list of generally hazardous communicable diseases. Per the Communicable Diseases Act, a person can be placed in isolation if they have been exposed to a generally hazardous communicable disease.
- At-risk travelers experiencing symptoms of acute respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, within 14 days of returning from an affected region are advised to contact medial authorities.
- Finland Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
- Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare – COVID-19 Updates
- U.S. Embassy Finland’s Most Recent Alerts