Travel documents

When preparing for your journey, it is important to ensure that you have all the needed travel documents up to date and with you. You will be asked to prove your identity at various points during your journey. The travel documents you need depend on your nationality, destination and transit countries.

Things to remember

  • Find out which travel documents are needed to travel to your destination considering your nationality.
  • Also, see the requirements for transferring through one country to another, for example if your route includes more than one Schengen country.
  • Note that many countries require that your passport is valid for three to six months after your trip has ended.
  • Note that a visa may also be required for your destination or your transit countries.
  • Check if special health certificates are needed to enter to your destination country.
  • Allow enough time for applying or renewing your travel documents.
  • Ensure that your first and family names are spelled in the same way on your flight ticket, passport and any frequent flyer cards you may have.
  • Take a copy of your e-ticket receipt with you, especially on intercontinental flights. If you bought your ticket directly from Finnair, you can order the e-ticket receipt using this web form. Otherwise, you can contact the ticket issuing airline or travel agent.
  • You can visit the IATA Travel Centre site for information on passport, visa and health requirements.

Documents accepted on Finnair flights

Citizens of Finland and Scandinavia

Flights within Finland and other Nordic countries:

  • Passengers of 16 years and over must carry a passport, a photo identification,  a social security card with a photo (Kela card) or a driver’s licence.
  • Passengers under 16 years travelling with their parents are not required to have an identity card of their own.
  • Passengers under 16 years travelling alone or with someone other than their parents must carry either a passport, a photo identification or a social security card with a photo (e.g. Kela card or official identity card).
  • Passengers under 12 years travelling alone and carrying a properly completed Unaccompanied Minor Advice form are not required to carry an identity card of their own. However, the people seeing them off and receiving them at their destination must prove their identity with a valid form of identification (e.g. an official identity card or a passport).


Flights within the Schengen Area, EU countries and Switzerland:

  • You need a passport or a photo identification complying with EU standards and allowing international travel.


Flights to destinations outside the EU:

  • You need a passport and, when necessary, a valid visa or a residence permit.
  • When travelling to USA, Canada or Australia, please see our additional instructions.
Apply for a passport or identity card online

Other EU nationals and citizens of Switzerland

Flights within Finland and between countries in the Schengen Area or the EU:

  • You need a passport or a photo identification complying with EU standards and allowing international travel.


Flights to destinations outside the EU:

  • You need a passport and, when necessary, a valid visa, residence permit or other travel document that entitles travel via/entry into the country.
  • When travelling to USA, Canada or Australia, please see our additional instructions.

Citizens of countries outside the European union

  • You need a valid passport, and when needed, a valid visa, residence permit or other travel document that allows entry via the first Schengen country and possible onward travel to any other Schengen country.
    • For example, when traveling via Finland to Denmark, the travel documents must be valid for entering both Finland and Denmark.
  • See the visa requirements and travel documents accepted by Finland
  • When travelling to Finland and the Schengen area, your passport must be valid for more than 3 months beyond the period of intended stay.
  • When travelling to USA, Canada or Australia, please see our additional instructions.

Travelling through more than one Schengen country?

If your routing includes more than one Schengen country, you enter the Schengen area. 


Travelling to a Schengen country through another Schengen country

If you are travelling to your Schengen destination country via another Schengen country, you need to fulfil the visa regulations of both the country through which you enter the Schengen area and the destination country. Although both countries are Schengen member states, the regulations and the accepted documents may not be the same for both countries.

  • For example, if you are travelling from Shanghai to Frankfurt via Helsinki, your travel documents must be valid for entry via Finland (fulfil the requirements of Finland) and they must be valid for onward travel to Germany.


Transferring via one Schengen country

If you only transit via one Schengen country and your destination is outside the Schengen area, you don’t enter the Schengen area, and a visa is not required.

  • For example, if you are travelling from Moscow to New York via Helsinki, your travel documents must be valid for the USA.


Transferring via one or more Schengen countries

If you transit via two or more Schengen countries although your destination is outside the Schengen area, you need to enter the Schengen area, and a visa is required.

  • For example, if you are travelling from New Delhi to Montreal via Helsinki and Paris, your travel documents need to be valid for the Schengen area (fulfil the requirements of Finland) and for Canada.


Additional requirements for minors

In some countries, travel consent from parents or guardians is required for minors travelling alone or in the company of only one parent or guardian. The consent may be required either when leaving or entering the country.

To find out whether the authorisation of minors will be required on a particular journey, please contact the local authorities of the country you are departing from as well as the embassy of your destination country.

Example of a consent letter
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