FAQ: Travelling and Covid-19

Information and instructions on travel and COVID-19.

Travelling abroad from Finland

Can I travel abroad?

Freedom of movement is a constitutional right in Finland, and no one can be prohibited from travelling abroad.

COVID-19 continues to pose a major global risk. Due to the pandemic, sudden and unpredictable changes in the situation are possible, and the restrictions vary from country to country.

The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has only limited capabilities to assist people in distress abroad during the pandemic. Take out travel insurance and check its coverage taking into account the pandemic.

Read our country-specific travel advice. It is also good to note that many countries continue to restrict inbound passenger travel and that exceptional visa regulations, for example, may be in force. Check the latest entry regulations from the authorities of the country of your travel destination.

It is always up to you to decide whether to travel or not. If you decide to travel, always submit your travel plans and contact details at matkustusilmoitus.fi (link to another website) (opens in a new window)(layout.types.url.description) (Opens New Window). This is to make sure that the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has information about your whereabouts in the country of destination and can contact you in case of an emergency or crisis.

When you return to Finland, follow the guidelines(layout.types.url.description) (Opens New Window) issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

I intend to travel abroad. What should I take into account?

Bear in mind that, due to the pandemic, the restrictive measures imposed by different countries may change rapidly. If you travel abroad, take into account at least the following:

Travel notification

We recommend that you submit a travel notification whenever you travel abroad to make sure that the Ministry for Foreign Affairs can contact you if necessary. You can visit matkustusilmoitus.fi also while abroad and submit your travel details there.

Travel insurance

The Foreign Ministry recommends that you always take out travel insurance. It is particularly important now to make sure that the insurance policy provides sufficient coverage in case of a pandemic.

Entry regulations and country-specific restrictions

It is good to note that many countries continue to restrict inbound passenger travel and that exceptional visa regulations, for example, may be in force. Always check the latest entry regulations from the authorities of the country of your travel destination.

The websites of Finnish embassies provide links to the websites of local authorities and offer information on the current COVID-19 situation and the restrictions and regulations in place in the country or countries in question.

You can read about the restrictions in force in different countries for example on the website of the European Commission at

You can also ask advice from the embassy of your country of destination located in Finland: Representation of foreign states in Finland.

Quarantine regulations are in force in several countries and they must be observed. Countries may use different criteria for their quarantine rules from what are used in Finland. The restrictions may concern being outdoors, and respiratory protective equipment may be compulsory. Airlines and airports may also require that passengers use personal protective equipment. Some airport authorities and airlines screen passengers’ temperature or require them to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before permitting entry in the airport or the airplane.

Due to the pandemic, many countries require a COVID-19 vaccination certificate and/or proof of recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result. Please note that countries may require a different validity period for your test result. Some countries may also require you to fill in a medical information form prior to entry. Most countries require the certificates to be either in their own language or in English.

You must yourself find out what kinds of certificates you need to enter the country or countries you intend to visit.

Countries may impose internal regulations on air traffic and other public transport. Various conditions and documentary requirements may be in force at airports and for transit traffic.

Anyone violating the restrictions may be imposed sanctions.

Remember that the availability of many services may also be limited. Restaurants, hotels, museums, sights and such other places for the general public as parks may be closed.

Healthcare and health-related regulations

If you fall ill while abroad, it may be difficult to obtain medical care because of the limited capacity of the local healthcare services.

Health checks and other exceptional arrangements may cause delays at airports, border stations and elsewhere. In some countries, respiratory protective equipment, screening of temperature and COVID-19 tests are compulsory. Countries may also use very different quarantine rules from what are used in Finland.

When you return to Finland, follow the guidelines(layout.types.url.description) (Opens New Window) issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.  

I intend to travel abroad. Where can I find information about the entry regulations and COVID-19 restrictions in place in my country of destination?

The websites of Finnish embassies provide links to the websites of local authorities and offer information on the current COVID-19 situation and the restrictions and rules in place in the country or countries in question.

You can read about the restrictions in force in different countries for example on the website of the European Commission at

You can also ask advice from the embassy of your country of destination located in Finland: Representation of foreign states in Finland.

I will transit through several countries. What should I take into account?

Travel restrictions and regulations vary from country to country, which is why it is important to find out in advance what restrictions and regulations are in force in each country. Since airlines may also have varying requirements, you should check them beforehand both in respect of your country of destination and transit airports.

Travelling to Finland from abroad

I am planning to travel to Finland. Where can I find information about Finland’s current entry regulations?

In questions relating to entry in Finland, you need to turn to the Finnish border authorities:

When you return to Finland, follow the recommendations issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.  

I intend to travel to Finland. Do I need to have to get tested for COVID-19 before travelling or do I need to present a vaccination certificate? 

Information on the requirements for travelling to Finland is available on the websites of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare(layout.types.url.description) (Opens New Window) and the Finnish Border Guard(layout.types.url.description) (Opens New Window).

You can also use the Finentry service(layout.types.url.description) (Opens New Window), which simplifies entry procedures and COVID-19 testing for travellers to Finland.

Compensation matters and quarantine

Will insurance cover my costs if I miss my trip?

In insurance claims matters, you must turn to your own insurance company. The terms and conditions of insurance vary, and it is particularly important now that you make sure your insurance policy provides sufficient coverage.

In the event that your journey is cancelled or interrupted, reimbursement is a matter to be solved between you and your insurance company. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is not in a position to comment on the matter nor to give any documents.

Although tour operators and travel insurance providers use the Foreign Ministry's travel advice in their own cancellation and refund policies, it is important to note that the Foreign Ministry does not issue travel advice for these purposes.

Basic information on travel insurance is available on the website of the Finnish Financial Ombudsman Bureau(layout.types.url.description) (Opens New Window).

I am on holiday abroad and I was infected with/was exposed to the coronavirus during my journey. When can I return to Finland?

If you fall ill, follow the guidance and instructions of the local authorities and do not travel when ill. Please note that, for example, you may be denied boarding if you do not have a negative COVID-19 test result. If necessary, contact your travel organiser or insurance company.

If you are exposed, follow the guidance and instructions of the local authorities. Please note that you may be placed in quarantine even in the event that you have been exposed to the virus. Additionally, travel insurance does not normally cover expenses caused by exposure. If necessary, contact your travel organiser or insurance company.

Can the Finnish authorities help if a Finnish traveller is placed under quarantine abroad?

The authorities comply with the legislation of their own country, and the quarantine rules differ from one country to another. Travellers must always comply with the guidance and instructions issued by the authorities of the country of destination and stay in the country for the duration of the possible quarantine.

In an emergency, a traveller may contact the Finnish Embassy or the 24/7 Service Centre of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. It should be noted, however, that the Foreign Ministry or the Finnish missions abroad may not influence decisions made by the authorities of another state. The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and its missions abroad have only limited capabilities to assist Finnish citizens in difficulty abroad during a pandemic.

Questions about the travel notification (matkustusilmoitus.fi)

I have submitted a travel notification and returned to Finland. Should I inform the Ministry that I have come home?

If you have entered your return date on the travel notification form and have returned to Finland according to plan, the notification will be removed from the system automatically and there is no need to do anything.

If your date of return is not mentioned on the travel notification form or if you return earlier than planned, please, remove the notification from our system. This is to let us know that you are not abroad any longer and we will not send you any queries or information.

If you have registered at matkustusilmoitus.fi, you can edit your details yourself. If you have not registered, please send an email to KPA-10@formin.fi and ask them to remove your details from the system. 

I cannot return home as planned. How can I make changes to my travel notification?

If you have submitted a travel notification and your stay abroad lasts longer than planned, you should enter a new return date on the travel notification form. This way we get to know that you are still staying abroad and can send you both information and queries.

If you have registered at matkustusilmoitus.fi, you can edit your details yourself. If you have not registered to the system, submit a new travel notification at matkustusilmoitus.fi(layout.types.url.description) (Opens New Window). If necessary, send an email to KPA-10@formin.fi.