Circular Note, 18 October 2021: Border traffic restrictions at the internal and external Schengen borders of Finland as from 18 October 2021

Circular Note, 18 October 2021: Border traffic restrictions at the internal and external Schengen borders of Finland as from 18 October 2021

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs present their compliments to the Diplomatic Missions, Consular Posts and International Organizations accredited to Helsinki and, with reference to the Ministry´s earlier Circular Notes on border traffic at the internal and external Schengen borders of Finland, have the honour to inform the Missions of the following updates, applicable as from 18 October 2021.

Border control at the internal Schengen borders of Finland has ended on 26 July 2021. Obligations related to health security measures under the Communicable Diseases Act continue to apply also to persons arriving in Finland from Schengen countries.

Restrictions on entry (border control) will be lifted for residents of the countries and regions on the EU’s green list. Other restrictions on entry at external borders will be extended until 7 November 2021. Further information on what is considered allowed traffic by each group of country and on the opening hours of the border crossing points is available at Border Guard Info(Link to another website.) (Opens New Window)

Persons from all countries are granted entry to Finland, provided that they can present an accepted certificate for having received a full vaccine series of a valid covid-19 vaccine prior to arrival (no less than 7 days from the last dose => corrected on 25 October 2021).

A list of vaccines accepted in Finland is provided by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare here: Accepted Vaccines(Link to another website.) (Opens New Window).

Citizens and permanent residents of EU and Schengen countries may also be granted entry into Finland without restrictions, provided that they have a certificate of having had the covid-19 virus less than 6 months prior to their arrival in Finland.

Persons arriving from a country with a low risk of covid-19, do not need to undergo health security measures on entry. Low-risk countries are defined in a Government decree. The decree is in force until 31 December 2021. A list of the these countries and information on health security measures for travellers is available on the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare at Travelling and the Pandemic(Link to another website.) (Opens New Window).

Missions are advised to follow the websites of the relevant authorities for possible updates on applicable border control and health security measures at the Finnish borders.

The Finnish Border Guard gives advice on cross-border traffic by phone and email. The service will be available in Finnish, Swedish and English between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at +358 295 420 100. Questions can also be sent by email to rajavartiolaitos@raja.fi (Opens New Window)

Additional information on the Government decisions on entry is available at Government Info(Link to another website.) (Opens New Window).

With reference to the Ministry´s Circular Note No. PF0Y3SL9-5 of 7 July concerning health security measures at arrival, e.g. the following persons continue to be exempt from the obligation to present a certificate at arrival or to take a coronavirus test in Finland: 
employees of foreign government missions or members of international intergovernmental organisations who have personal immunity and their family members, as well as holders of diplomatic or official passports accredited outside Finland when travelling through Finland to a place of employment or their home country.

Diplomats and other privileged persons are kindly requested to take notice of the instructions, as appropriate. The Missions may contact the Protocol Services of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for further details.

In addition, the Missions are requested to note that the EU Digital COVID Certificate has been introduced nationally by an amendment to the Communicable Diseases Act. In practice, this means that in Finland the COVID-19 passport can be used in situations and premises which are subject to restrictions. In accordance with the current COVID-19 restrictions, the COVID-19 passport can be required by restaurants in areas which are subject to COVID-19 restrictions, currently e.g. in the Greater Helsinki area. Additional information on the COVID-19 passport is available at COVID-19 Passport(Link to another website.) (Opens New Window).

Based on the decision of the Regional State Administrative Agency of Southern Finland, restrictions on public gatherings have ended also in the metropolitan area. 

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs avail themselves of this opportunity to renew to the Diplomatic Missions, Consular Posts and International Organizations accredited to Helsinki the assurances of their highest consideration.


Helsinki, 18 October 2021

 

To

the Diplomatic Missions, Consular Posts and International Organizations accredited to Helsinki