Circular Note, 23 July 2021: Border traffic restrictions at the internal and external Schengen borders of Finland as from 26 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.
Border control at the internal Schengen borders of Finland will end with effect from 26 July 2021. At the same time, 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 external border traffic will continue to concern several countries.
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).
As of 26 July 2021, 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 14 days from the last dose).
A list of vaccines accepted in Finland is provided by the Finnish institute for health and welfare here: Which vaccines are accepted at the points of entry into the country? - Infectious diseases and vaccinations - THL(Link to another website.) (Opens New Window).
Residents and/or citizens of EU and Schengen countries are also granted entry to Finland provided that they can present a certificate of having been infected with the covid-19 virus less than six months ago.
As from 26 July 2021, the obligation to show proof full vaccination or be tested for COVID-19 does not apply to people arriving in Finland from countries or regions where the incidence of COVID-19 or the prevalence of virus variants does not pose a particular risk. People arriving from the following countries and regions may enter Finland without a COVID-19 vaccination certificate: Australia, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, China, Macao, Poland, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Taiwan, New Zealand and the Vatican, and the Norwegian municipalities of Storfjord, Kåfjord, Nordreisa, Kautokeino, Karasjok, Tana, Nesseby and Sør-Varanger.
The decree will be amended if the epidemiological situation so requires.
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 email@example.com (Opens New Window)
Additional information on the Government decisions on entry is available at Government Decisions(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 security measures 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, 23 July 2021
To: The Diplomatic Missions, Consular Posts and International Organizations accredited to Helsinki