Preparing for coronavirus outbreak

The authorities responsible for internal security are prepared for the spread of the coronavirus. They are looking after everyday security in Finland. 

Cross-border traffic restricted

The current restrictions on border traffic in Finland will be in force from 15 June to 14 July.  There have been restrictions on border traffic in Finland since 19 March as a result of the coronavirus epidemic.

Internal border control was lifted on 15 June for traffic between Finland and Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.  In addition, internal border control was lifted for pleasure craft, i.e. tourism by private individuals on their own boat.

Internal border control will continue for traffic between Finland and other Schengen countries than those mentioned above. This means that internal border control will continue, for example for traffic between Finland and Sweden. Insofar as internal border control continues at internal borders, return traffic to Finland, commuting and other essential traffic will be allowed at internal borders. More detailed information is available on the website of the Border Guard at www.raja.fi.

Restrictions on border traffic will continue at external borders, in other words at the Russian border and for those arriving from other third countries, until 14 July.

Under section 9 of the Constitution of Finland, Finnish citizens always have the right to return to Finland, and everyone has the right to leave Finland if they so wish, provided that there is no legal impediment to this.

However, the Government still recommends avoiding unnecessary travel to other countries except for Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Each and every one of us can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus epidemic by complying with travel recommendations and hygiene instructions. 

Border Guard guidelines for border traffic during emergency conditions from 15 June 2020
Q&A about the effects of COVID-19 on border traffic
Contact information during emergency conditions
Information on travel restrictions in EU Member States available on the European Commission website

Police monitor compliance with restrictions on gatherings

By decision of the Government, public gatherings are currently limited to no more than 10 persons, and it is advisable to avoid spending unnecessary time in public places. 

The Government has decided to ease the restrictions on the number of people at public events from the current 10 to a maximum of 50 as of 1 June until further notice. At the same time, the Government recommends that private events should not be organised for more than 50 persons.

The Government recommends that as of 1 August 2020, if the development of the epidemic continues in the current direction without any significant setbacks, events with more than 500 persons may be organised in both indoor and outdoor spaces. If the development of the epidemic continues without any significant setbacks, the restrictions on gatherings may be lifted altogether as of 1 October 2020, in which case all indoor and outdoor events would be permitted without restrictions on the number of attendees. 

By decision of the Government, it is prohibited to hold public events and public meetings for more than 500 people until 31 July 2020. Outdoor events with more than 500 attendees are allowed with special separation arrangements.

The police are monitoring compliance with the restrictions on public events within the limits of their resources. Above all else, it is important to continue to avoid all close contacts, comply with the guidelines on hygiene and keep physical distance from other people. 

Guidelines on prevention of coronavirus infections must be followed at public events 15.5. (stm.fi)

How are the police monitoring compliance with the restrictions on gatherings?

Rescue services and emergency response centres provide security in everyday emergencies

Municipalities are responsible for ensuring that rescue services are prepared for the spread of the coronavirus. Rescue services have been instructed on preventing infections. Rescue services are responsible for securing services in cases of illness, for example through personnel arrangements. Priority will be given to urgent situations where the health and lives of humans are at risk and to other emergency calls.

If you suspect that you or someone else has been infected with or exposed to the coronavirus, you should not call the emergency number 112. The emergency number is to be used only in urgent situations when life or health is at risk. The same rule always applies, whether dealing with the coronavirus or any other illness.

For general information about the coronavirus, please contact the national helpline at 0295 535 535, and for health-related advice and guidance, please contact your health centre. 

Reception centres are prepared 

The Finnish Immigration Service is prepared for the possible spread of the coronavirus and is cooperating with the health authorities. Reception centres are prepared for the possible spread of infectious diseases. The employees in reception centres include healthcare personnel.

Asylum seekers are always subject to an initial health check after their arrival in the country. The health check examines individuals’ symptoms and illnesses and takes into account whether they have resided in the area affected by the epidemic. 

Further information on the impact of the coronavirus on the activities of the Finnish Immigration Service