COVID-19 Update (March 12, 2020)

Global efforts are focused on lessening the spread and impact of the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) virus. The President is deploying the full range of U.S. resources to contain and prevent the spread not just at home, but also across the globe.

The U.S. Embassy in Helsinki appreciates the efforts of the Finnish government and health officials in containing and slowing the spread of the virus in Finland. The restrictions on travel to the U.S. from the Schengen Area is temporary and applies to all member nations due to the free flow of people between the Schengen Area countries and due to the fact that the Schengen Area currently has the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases outside of the People’s Republic of China.

The U.S. Department of State has no greater responsibility than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. We are continuously assessing travel conditions in countries affected by COVID-19 and will continue to update our travel advisories and safety information for U.S. travelers as situations evolve.

Read also: White House 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)