Health Alert for April 14, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Helsinki, Finland (April 14, 2020)

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Event: Health Alert

U.S. Embassy Helsinki will be sending a weekly update to ensure all U.S. citizens in Finland have the latest information about COVID-19 and local conditions.  Updated information will be prefaced with (NEW).  If different or additional information would be useful, please email us with your suggestions at HelsinkiACS@state.gov.

(NEW) Our overseas passport operations have been severely limited by COVID-19. U.S. citizens should expect significant delays when applying for routine passport or citizenship services.  If you are a U.S. citizen in Finland, the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki may issue you a limited validity emergency passport for urgent travel needs only. To request an emergency passport appointment please send an email request to HelsinkiACS@state.gov.

The Government of Finland announced that restaurants and bars are closed for most services from April 4, to May 31, 2020.

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.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Finland.

Effective March 17, U.S. Embassy Helsinki has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency  passports, please visit our website for additional information.

Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Notice for Finland.

Actions to Take:

Assistance:

·         U.S. Embassy Helsinki

Itäinen Puistotie 14B
00140 Helsinki
Finland
+358-9-616-250

HelsinkiACS@State.gov

https://fi.usembassy.gov/

·         State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

·         Finland Country Information

·         Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.

·         Follow us on Facebook and Twitter