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Changes to restrictions on entry into the country

Ministry of the Interior
Publication date 12.8.2021 13.48 | Published in English on 12.8.2021 at 15.37
Press release 95/2021

A few changes will be made to the restrictions on entry at external borders based on current incidence rates. The Government adopted a decision on the matter on 12 August and the decision will enter into force on 16 August. However, people may still enter Finland from all countries upon presenting an approved certificate of a full vaccine course.

External border traffic refers to traffic between Finland and non-Schengen third countries. The decision adopted on 5 August 2021 will be amended so that the entry restrictions are returned to the residents of Kosovo arriving in Finland from Kosovo and to the residents of North Macedonia arriving in Finland from North Macedonia. If a person arriving from these countries has not received a full vaccine course, the accepted reasons for entry are return travel to Finland, return travel to other EU or Schengen countries, transit on regular, scheduled flights at an airport or other essential travel.

No other changes will be introduced to the restrictions on entry. Internal border control was lifted on 26 July, which means that persons arriving in Finland from the EU and Schengen countries can enter into the country without travel restrictions.

See the websites below for more information on the entry restrictions and health security requirements in place.

The Finnish Border Guard gives people advice on cross-border traffic by phone and email. The service is available in Finnish, Swedish and English on weekdays between 8.00 and 16.00 at +358 295 420 100. Questions can also be sent by email to [email protected]

If you have any questions about quarantine or testing requirements, please call the Government COVID-19 helpline at +358 295 535 535 or visit the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.