Registration of Finns abroad

We urge Finnish citizens travelling abroad and especially those travelling or moving to risk-prone regions to register with us at the Link to another website.(Opens New Window)service. 

A travel registration means that you give

  • your personal data
  • valid contact details during your journey
  • your itinerary

to the Ministry to be used in case of an emergency or crisis situation.

Travel registration

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Travel registration by sending an SMS message

1) Enter the message as follows:

 MATKALLA date of departure–date of return destination additional information.

The dates must be in the form If you leave out the year, the default value is the current year.

If you travel to several countries during the same trip, register each country separately.


 MATKALLA 01.02.–09.03.2010 zimbabwe harare 3persons contact zim diamonds group
  • According to the example, 3 persons are travelling between 1 February and 9 March 2010 in Zimbabwe, Harare, and they can be contacted at a Zim Diamonds Group hotel.

2) Send the message to 16358 (DNA, Elisa ja TeliaSonera) or to +358 400 358 300 (foreign operators and other Finnish operators).

3) You will get a reply informing that your registration has been received.

Registration of personal data and their handling in crisis situation

We recommend that you sign up for the registration service to enable us to contact you if necessary for security reasons.

In a crisis situation, we activate an online form on the Foreign Ministry website for the family of persons who have not been reached in a crisis region on which they can create a registration.

Finnish embassies and consulates help people in distress abroad.

Signing up for the service is voluntary

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs does never disclose personal data for other than essential official purposes. Retention of the data is based on the Consular Services Act.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs recommends Finnish citizens travelling abroad, independent travellers and citizens residing abroad on a permanent basis to sign up for the service.

The Population Register Centre does not communicate information concerning moves abroad to Finnish missions abroad.

Consular Services Act: Maintenance of a register and its use

In the handling of personal data in a crisis situation, the provisions of the Consular Services Act are observed (Consular Services Act, Chapter 11, section 36, 498/1999).

  • Maintenance of a register and its use
    "The mission may maintain a personal data register if this is necessary for the purpose of performing the functions referred to in Chapter 4, relating to personal safety. The mission shall decide on the establishment of a register. The personal data register maintained by the mission shall be covered by the personal data protection legislation, unless otherwise provided in this Act."

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