Ask a COVID-19 Question
Updated: June 21, 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. 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 improved noticeably in Finland. There are, however, major regional differences in the development of the epidemic. The incidence of COVID-19 is still higher in southern and southwestern Finland and Central Ostrobothnia than in the rest of the country. The development of the epidemic has, nevertheless, slowed down in many areas.
- 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? No
- Some exceptions exist for essential travel, transit, work-related travel, those with Finnish residence permits, and family members of Finnish nationals and residents. Entry is determined upon arrival and permission is not granted in advance of travel. U.S. citizens planning to travel to Finland should prepare for the possibility that entry may be denied. Please direct any questions about these exceptions or this process directly to the Finnish Border Guard.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
- A 14-day period of self-isolation is recommended for travelers arriving in Finland from the United States. Travelers can shorten their self-isolation period at their discretion if they take two COVID-19 tests.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- All travelers arriving at the Helsinki airport from abroad will offered a COVID-19 test. The test is voluntary and free of charge.
- All travelers arriving in Finland are eligible for free COVID-19 testing via the FINENTRY program.
- Testing will be implemented at other ports of entry at a later date.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- If you arrive in Finland from a travel restricted country (including the United States), it is recommended that you self-quarantine for 14 days. Travelers can shorten their self-isolation period at their discretion if they take two voluntary COVID-19 tests.
- 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—except for those who have been fully vaccinated.
- Wait times for passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad appointments 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 appointments are 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: Only available when required for U.S. citizens to marry in Finland.
- Finnish nationals and permanent residents only.
- We are not currently able to accept transfers from other posts.
- Finnish nationals and permanent residents only.
- We have extremely limited capacity for non-immigrant visa services, even for those who may qualify for a National Interest Exception. Please review our Update on Non-immigrant Visa Services.
- Finnish Government
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland
- Finnish Border Guard
- Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare