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The Finnish Border Guard and Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare have updated the requirements for entry to Finland. We require a coronavirus test certificate or similar from travelers to Finland as of 28 January 2021.

Please note that entry restrictions may be subject to change on short notice. You are responsible for ensuring that you are allowed entry into the country you are travelling from, to or are in transit through. 

Are you travelling via Finland? Read more here.

In line with the recommendation by Finnish health authorities, we will start requiring a certificate of a negative coronavirus test, or a certificate of a previous coronavirus infection from all travelers on our flights to Finland from 28 January 2021 onwards. Requirement also applies to citizens of Finland returning home. This requirement complements our other comprehensive measures for safe travel during the pandemic. This requirement does not concern you when you connect to an international flight at Helsinki nor children under the age of 2.

The certificate requirement is in force until further notice. We will update any new information on this page.

Accepted certificates

  • As a certificate of a negative coronavirus (covid-19) test result, or a previous coronavirus infection, we accept a document given by a trusted health care practitioner. The certificate needs to be in English. 
  • We accept the following coronavirus tests: 
    • PCR-test taken maximum 72 hours before the flight’s departure 
    • LAMP-test taken maximum 72 hours before the flight’s departure 
    • Antigen test taken maximum 48 hours before the flight’s departure 
  • A negative test result must contain your name, date of birth, test result, test method, time of testing, time of analysing the test result, time of giving the certificate and the party (company or person) providing the certificate. 
  • A certificate of a previous coronavirus infection must contain your name, date of birth, time of certificate and the party providing the certificate (person, company).

Your options if you don't have the required certificate

If you can’t travel because you don’t have the required certificate, you can 

  • Change your travel dates without a change fee on Manage booking. If you can’t make the change online, our customer service will assist you. Read more detailed conditions and instructions for changing travel dates here

The Finnish Border Guard updated the requirements for entry to Finland

Countries have been divided into categories, and the category indicates if you can travel to Finland without any restrictions or whether restrictions still apply. 

Please note, that the Finnish Border Guard updates the country specific status once every two weeks, based on the number of coronavirus incidents in each country, which may change the status and category for the countries. 

Schengen countries with normalized border traffic

Schengen countries with normalized border traffic are those with a coronavirus occurrence rate of less than 25/100 000 inhabitants. You can check the normalized border traffic countries from the Finnish Border Guard’s website.

  • You may travel and enter Finland without any restrictions.
  • See our available flights through our booking engine. You can read more about our flexible ticket change policy here.
  • Please go to digital FINENTRY service to see your personal entry instructions. You are asked to fill in some personal details and information about your journey, and based on this information the service gives you guidance about entry to Finland. FINENTRY service aims to make it easier to travel to Finland during the coronavirus pandemic.

Non-Schengen EU countries with normalized border traffic

Non-Schengen EU countries with normalized border traffic are those with a coronavirus occurrence rate of less than 25/100 000 inhabitants. You can check the normalized border traffic countries from the Finnish Border Guard’s website.

  • You may travel and enter Finland without restrictions.
  • You will go through border control when arriving at Helsinki Airport.
  • Please make sure you have the required travel documents with you.
  • See our available flights through our booking engine. You can read more about our flexible ticket change policy here.
  • Please go to digital FINENTRY service to see your personal entry instructions. You are asked to fill in some personal details and information about your journey and based on this information the service gives you guidance about entry to Finland. FINENTRY service aims to make it easier to travel to Finland during the coronavirus pandemic.

Non-Schengen non-EU countries with normalized border traffic

Non-Schengen non-EU countries with normalized border traffic are those with a coronavirus occurrence rate of less than 25/100 000 inhabitants. You can check the non-EU countries with normalized border traffic from the Finnish Border Guard’s website.

  • You may enter Finland without restrictions if you are a permanent resident of one the non-Schengen non-EU country with normalized border traffic countries and arrive from that country.
  • You will go through border control when arriving Helsinki Airport.
  • Please make sure you have the required travel documents with you.
  • See our flights through our booking engine. You can read more about our flexible ticket change policy here.
  • Please go to digital FINENTRY service to see your personal entry instructions. You are asked to fill in some personal details and information about your journey, and based on this information the service gives you guidance about entry to Finland. FINENTRY service aims to make it easier to travel to Finland during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Restriction category 1

Restriction category 1 countries are Schengen and EU countries with a coronavirus occurrence rate of more than 25/100 000 inhabitants, and you may travel to Finland with some restrictions. You can check the restrictions category 1 countries from the Finnish Border Guard’s website.

  • Entering Finland is allowed for:
    • Finnish nationals and their family members
    • Nationals of EU and Schengen countries who are residing in Finland and their family members
    • Third-country nationals who are residing in Finland with a valid residence permit
    • Essential work-related and other necessary travel is allowed with some limitations. Find out more from the Finnish Border Guard’s website.
  • Transiting via Finland to the person’s country of residence is allowed for:
    • Nationals of EU or Schengen countries and their family members
    • Third-country nationals residing in another EU or Schengen country with a valid residence permit
  • You will go through border control when arriving at Helsinki Airport. 
  • Please go to digital FINENTRY service to see your personal entry instructions regarding for example possible quarantine or coronavirus testing requirements. You are asked to fill in some personal details and information about your journey, and based on this information the service gives you guidance about entry to Finland. FINENTRY service aims to make it easier to travel to Finland during the coronavirus pandemic. 

    Please note that customers arriving to Finland are directed to coronavirus testing upon arrival at Helsinki Airport. Testing is highly recommended for most customers, but it is not mandatory. Read more later on this page. 

Restriction category 2

Restriction category 2 countries are non-Schengen and non-EU countries which are not included in the list of non-Schengen non-EU countries with normalized border traffic countries. Entering to Finland is very restricted from these countries. You can check the red countries from the Finnish Border Guard’s website.

  • Entering Finland is allowed for:
    • Finnish nationals and their family members
    • Nationals of EU and Schengen countries who are residing in Finland and their family members
    • Third-country nationals who are residing in Finland with a valid residence permit
    • Essential work-related and other necessary travel is allowed with some limitations. Find out more from the Finnish Border Guard’s website.
  • Transiting via Finland to another EU/Schengen country is allowed providing 
    • You are a national or a family member of national of an EU/Schengen country and returning to your country of residence 
    • You are a third-country national residing in another EU or Schengen country holding a valid residence permit and returning to your country of residence 
    • If you are a national of a non-EU/non Schengen country, not residing in an EU/Schengen country, the following applies: 
      • you can travel via Finland to another EU/Schengen country only if you fulfill one of the Covid-19 entry exceptions granted by your EU/Schengen destination country (and possible transit countries) 
      • You have a confirmed booking on the first possible flight to that country 
  • Arriving from a non-Schengen country and transiting to another non-Schengen country, via Finland, is allowed in the following cases 
    • You fulfill the entry requirements of the destination country (and the possible transfer requirements of any further transit countries) 
    • You remain in the non-Schengen transit area of Helsinki-airport 
    • You have a confirmed onward flight on the first possible flight to the non-Schengen destination country and your baggage has been tagged to the final destination 
  • You will go through border control when arriving at Helsinki Airport.
  • Please go to digital FINENTRY service to see your personal entry instructions regarding for example possible quarantine or coronavirus testing requirements. You are asked to fill in some personal details and information about your journey, and based on this information the service gives you guidance about entry to Finland. FINENTRY service aims to make it easier to travel to Finland during the coronavirus pandemic. 

  • Please note that all customers arriving to Finland are directed to coronavirus testing upon arrival at Helsinki Airport. Testing is highly recommended for most customers, but it is not mandatory. Read more later on this page. 

Coronavirus testing for arriving customers at Helsinki Airport 

The Finnish health authority has decided that all customers arriving to Finland from restricted countries will be directed to coronavirus testing upon arrival at Helsinki Airport from 8 January 2021. The free of charge PCR test is highly recommended for most customers but is not mandatory. The testing applies, if you continue from an international flight to a domestic flight – please let the airport staff know, if your connection time is short. 

You are not required to wait the test result at the airport. You will be informed about the results afterwards. 

You are not required to go through the test if you have one of the following: 

  • a transfer flight from an international flight to another international 
  • a negative coronavirus PCR test taken less than 72 hours before arrival in Finland 
  • a coronavirus vaccination certificate 
  • a doctor’s certificate that you’ve had the coronavirus disease within the last 6 months 
  • you travel as an unaccompanied minor 

You’ll find more information about arriving in Finland and related health and safety measures here

Contacting our customer service   

If you booked your ticket through a travel agency or a tour operator, please contact them to make changes to your reservation. If you booked your ticket through Finnair, our customer service will do everything to help you in this exceptional situation. We are at your service also via chat, on Twitter @FinnairHelps and on our Facebook pages. We are sorry that our customer service may be congested.     

Didn’t find an answer to your question? Please also check our QA here.  

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