Travel recommendations to be updated for individual countries

In future, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will update its travel advice for each country individually. In our advice, we will continue to take into account the recommendations with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, and the general security situation in the country in question.

As a rule, the Foreign Ministry advises that travellers should exercise special caution when travelling not only in the EU and the Schengen area but also in countries outside the region.

The Ministry’s travel advice in respect of certain countries is to avoid non-essential travel, to avoid all travel or, due to the general security situation, to leave the country immediately.

The COVID-19 pandemic remains a major global risk to travel safety, and the situation may deteriorate abruptly and unpredictably in any country or region. Travellers may find that access to healthcare is limited or face quarantine orders or restrictions on being outdoors.


If you travel, act responsibly

If you decide to travel, you must act responsibly and follow the recommendations and regulations issued by the authorities.

If you are planning to travel, it is important to remember that all countries may still impose restrictions on entry at their own borders, and it may not be possible to travel to all countries. Before travelling, always check the current entry regulations in your destination from the authorities of the country in question, for example from the nearest mission of the country. Countries may also impose entry restrictions on transit traffic.

An increasing number of countries are not permitting entry unless travellers show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 or proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Most countries require the certificates to be either in their own language or in English. Travellers must themselves find out what kinds of certificates they need to enter the country or countries they intend to visit.

THL recommends that all who travel abroad should get full vaccine protection against coronavirus before travel (Link to another website.)

Before you travel, check the validity and coverage of your travel insurance. It is particularly important now to make sure that the insurance policy provides sufficient coverage even when the pandemic situation is taken into account.