Preparing for coronavirus outbreak

The authorities of the Ministry of the Interior’s branch of government have ensured the safety and security of people living in Finland during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ministry is responsible for law drafting

As part of its mandate, the Ministry of the Interior will draft legislative amendments and continue, if necessary, to prepare measures for dealing with COVID-19 in close cooperation with its agencies and other ministries. The Ministry is also responsible for international and EU cooperation related to its tasks.

Restrictions on entry into Finland during the COVID-19 pandemic

 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, entry into Finland was restricted in 2020–2022 to safeguard the capacity of the healthcare system.

Internal border controls that were reintroduced in response to COVID-19 were lifted on 1 January 2022, and the restrictions on entry at Finland’s external borders ended on 30 June 2022.  

 In 2020–2021, the police monitored compliance with the restrictions on gatherings and movement imposed due to the pandemic.