Circular Note, 19 July 2021: Border traffic restrictions at the internal and external Schengen borders of Finland as from 19 July 2021

Circular Note, 19 July 2021: Border traffic restrictions at the internal and external Schengen borders of Finland as from 19 July 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 restrictions on border traffic at the internal and external Schengen borders of Finland, have the honour to inform the Missions of the following.

On 15 July, the Government of Finland decided on changes in the border control as from 19 July 2021. 

Internal border control will be reinstated for traffic between Finland and Malta and Finland and Slovenia.

Also, starting from 19 July, entry restrictions will be lifted for citizens of Canada in traffic from Canada to Finland, and restrictions will be reinstated for citizens of Israel in traffic from Israel to Finland.

In line with the Government decision, persons who are able to present a certificate of a completed and approved COVID-19 vaccine course before entry can arrive in Finland from all countries starting on Monday 26 July 2021.   

People travelling to Finland must take into account that a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 is an acceptable justification for entry into the country only for citizens of the EU and Schengen countries and for people residing in an EU or Schengen country.

In addition, from 26 July onwards, cruise ship passengers arriving from an EU or Schengen country are allowed to disembark. 

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).

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 decision on restrictions on entry will be available at COVID-19 Government(Link to another website.) (Opens New Window).

The Missions are also requested to pay attention to the instructions of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare on health examinations and self-quarantine for travellers at Health Security on Entry(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 are 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.

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, 19 July 2021


To

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