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Restrictions on entry to be amended from 18 October

Ministry of the Interior
Publication date 14.10.2021 14.28
Press release 128/2021

Restrictions on entry will be lifted for residents of the countries and regions on the EU’s green list. In addition, the Vainikkala border crossing point will open to passenger traffic. The Government adopted a decision on the matter on 14 October and the decisions will enter into force on 18 October. Other restrictions on entry at external borders will be extended until 7 November. However, people may still enter Finland from all countries upon presenting an approved certificate of a full course of vaccination.

Countries on the EU’s green list mean countries with a sufficiently good epidemiological situation for which the Council of the European Union has decided to allow free travel to the EU. Finland has previously applied a limit value of 25 (a maximum of 25 cases per 100,000 persons during the previous two weeks) to these countries as the limit for permitted traffic. 

With this removal of the limit value, restrictions will be lifted for residents of Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Jordan, Qatar, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay in traffic arriving in Finland from these countries. Restrictions have already been lifted for residents of Hong Kong, Kuwait, Macao, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan.

External border traffic refers to traffic between Finland and non-Schengen third countries. If a person arriving from a country subject to the restrictions is not fully vaccinated, 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.

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


The Finnish Border Guard gives 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 approved vaccines or quarantine and 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.