COVID-19 and Finnish residence permit holders

Here you can find information for Finnish residence permit holders wishing to travel from India to Finland.

Departing from India

Eligibility criteria for Indian nationals for leaving India is set in the Standard Operating Protocol by the Ministry of Home Affairs of India (issued on 1 June 2020).

Those wishing to travel from India are advised to follow flight opportunities independently for instance via commercial airlines’ booking pages and travel agencies. Information regarding AirIndia’s repatriation flights can be acquired via AirIndia’s web page or by contacting the carrier’s customer service. We advise all individuals to personally check their traveling eligibility with their airline prior to booking tickets.

The Embassy of Finland in New Delhi can assist Finnish resident permit holders currently in India by issuing a curfew pass for traveling to the airport during the national curfew hours between 9pm and 5am.

Entry into Finland

In line with the Government’s hybrid strategy, Finland is now beginning the controlled dismantling of the restrictive measures put in place to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis. The restrictions and recommendations on border traffic will be gradually dismantled starting on 14 May at 00.00 until further notice.

The Finnish border authorities will allow the following at external borders, in other words in traffic between Finland and a non-Schengen State,

1. Return traffic to Finland

  • Finnish citizens and their family members
  • citizens of the EU and Schengen States living in Finland and their family members
  • third-country nationals residing in Finland with a residence permit

2. Return traffic to or through other EU and Schengen States

  • citizens of other EU and Schengen States and their family members
  • third-country nationals residing in another EU or Schengen State with a residence permit

Persons arriving from abroad to work in Finland must be prepared to prove their work-related grounds for entry in connection with border checks. These restrictions and those decided on earlier concerning external border traffic will remain in force until 14 June.  

More information from the Finnish Border Guard(Link to another website.).

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) recommends that persons arriving in the country self-isolate for a period of 14 days. During this period, unnecessary physical contacts should be avoided and movement outside the home should be restricted to essential travel for work or, for example, to go shopping. Anyone who experiences respiratory symptoms should contact healthcare services immediately. Further instructions on the 14-day period of self-isolation will be distributed upon arrival in the country. In all transport, passengers must remember to avoid physical contacts, maintain a safe distance from other people and observe good hand and respiratory hygiene. When leaving the airport or harbour, using your own car or taking a taxi is recommended.

Read more:

Border traffic to be opened in a controlled and gradual manner from 14 May – guidelines on safe distances and hygiene still in force(Link to another website.)

Government Resolution on a plan for a hybrid strategy to manage the COVID-19 crisis | Press release by the Prime Minister’s Office on 6 May (Link to another website.)


Visa and immigration section of the Embassy of Finland in New Delhi: