Travel documents

Passenger identity checks on all flights

Passenger identity checks are performed on all flights for both security and commercial reasons. Finnair General Conditions of Carriage require each passenger to be able to verify his identity to confirm that he is the person to whom the ticket has been issued.

Passenger liability

The passenger is solely responsible for obtaining all the required travel documents and visas and for complying with all laws, regulations, orders, demands and travel requirements of the countries he intends to travel to, from or via. Finnair is not liable for any costs or inconvenience that the passenger may occur should he fail to obtain such documents or visas or to comply with such laws, regulations, orders, demands, requirements, rules or instructions.

Travel documents on flights within Finland and Scandinavia

Nationals of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden

§ Passengers 16 years of age and older must carry a passport, photo-ID, picture social security card (Kela) or a driving licence (the older cardboard-type licence issued by Finland is accepted).

§ Passengers under 16 years of age travelling with their parents are not required to have an identity card of their own.

§ Passengers 12–15 years of age travelling alone must carry a passport, photo-ID or a picture social security card (Kela).

§ Passengers 5-12 years travelling alone as Unaccompanied Minors (UM) and carrying a properly filled-in UN-form are not required to have an identity card of their own but the person seeing them onto the aircraft and meeting them on arrival must prove their identity with an appropriate photo-ID.

Nationals of other EU countries, Liechtenstein and Switzerland

§ Passport or a photo-ID, complying with the EU standards, indicating the individual's nationality and card validity.

Nationals of other countries

§ Passport

Travel documents on flights within Schengen

Although no immigration controls are performed for travel within Schengen, it is required by legislation that a person travelling from one Schengen state to another shall be in possession of a passport or an EU-standard photo-ID. An EU standard photo-ID is an ID that, in addition to the name, date of birth and other personal details of the bearer, states the nationality of the person as well as the validity of the card (valid until date XX). The EU-standard photo-ID must have been issued by an EU/EEA-member state. Citizens of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) are however exempt from this legal requirement when travelling within the Nordic countries.

EU-nationals (and nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland)

§ Passport

§ EU standard ID-card

Nationals of other countries

§ Passport

Travel documents on flights outside Schengen

EU-nationals (and nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland)

§ Valid passport and a valid visa (if the passenger in question requires a visa for his destination or transit station, see Timatic for details).

§ EU-standard photo-ID (accepted only when travelling to an EU-state).

Other nationals:

Valid passport and a valid visa (if the passenger in question requires a visa for his destination or transit station, see Timatic for details).

Visa requirements

Airlines are not required by law to inform their passengers of visa requirements at the time of reservation/ticket sales, nor are they liable for any expenses caused to the passengers by fees levied by authorities or other expenses incurred due to insufficient travel documents. See Finnair General Conditions of Carriage Article 13.

However, to avoid the passenger being denied from the flight at the airport, it is recommended that, at time of reservation, the passenger is either told of the visa requirements of his/her destination/transit country or the passenger is adviced to contact the embassy/consulate of the country concerned to find out whether a visa is needed. To assist the passenger, the Travel Agent can obtain visa information via the Timatic database in Amadeus. For further information see TIMATIC

As obtaining a visa in some cases can take weeks it is essential that the passenger gets information of any visa requirements as early as possible. It is also essential to provide the passenger with the airline’s General Conditions of Carriage to make the passenger aware that he/she is solely responsible for the travel documents being in order for the complete journey. A printable version of Finnair’s Conditions of Carriage for Passengers and Baggage is available at: Conditions Of Carriage

Timatic

In Amadeus it is possible to check passport, visa, health and customs requirements from a database called Timatic. The database is kept up-to-date by IATA based on information they receive from the authorities of the various countries listed in the database.

Entry in Amadeus Information provided
TIRULES General information and guidelines
TINEWS Latest news on regulations that are not updated in the file yet
TIFV Mask for passport and visa enquiries for a specified destination*
TIFH Mask for health and vaccination enquiries for a specified destination
TIFA Mask for combined visa and health enquiries for a specified destination*

TI/CUSTOMS/DESTINATION CODE

Customs regulations for a specified country, e.g. TI/CUSTOMS/JFK

TI/PASSPORT/DESTINATION CODE

Passport regulations for a specified country, e.g. TI/PASSPORT/LHR

TI/VISA/DESTINATION CODE

Visa regulations for a specified country, e.g. TI/VISA/PEK

TI/HEALTH/DESTINATION CODE

Health regulations for a specified country, e.g. TI/HEALTH/DEL

* IMPORTANT NOTE: The Timatic masks (TIFV & TIFA) are OK to use if the passenger holds a NORMAL passport and the routing is simple e.g. HEL-DEL. If the passenger holds a DIPLOMATIC, SERVICE or ALIEN passport or in addition to the NORMAL passport holds a Permanent Resident card of another country, or the routing is complicated; it is recommended to use the entry “TI/VISA/DESTINATION CODE” that gives the full visa text for the destination concerned, including possible exceptions. In complicated cases or when unusual documents or combinations of documents are used, the full text shall be checked separately for the transit countries and for the destination. The TIFV/TIFA replies do not include all the small details and exceptions and cannot be relied upon when the passenger holds any other document than a NORMAL passport on a simple route.


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