Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Finland on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Finland.

Due to the Russian authorities’ COVID-19 regulations, currently only Finnish and Russian nationals are permitted to travel by train from Russia to Finland. This may change so check with travel operators before you plan your journey. If you are a British national wishing to travel from Russia to Finland, you can enter Finland via road (including public buses, taxis and private vehicles). See Entry requirements to ensure you meet Finnish COVID-19 related requirements.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19 in Finland, you will receive instructions from the Finnish authorities and will be asked to self-isolate. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover (including COVID-19 related costs if you have to stay longer than planned)
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned. There have been several incidences where people have had to quarantine for up to 10 days in Finland at their own cost

Public spaces and services

The Finnish authorities introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. These measures include some controls on people arriving from abroad. See the Finnish Border Guard website for more details. This includes the right to order a compulsory health examination, which could include a COVID-19 test, on arrival.

Travel around Finland is still permitted, with some restrictions on the opening hours of restaurants, cafes and bars in some regions. Visit the THL website for details of regional restrictions. The Finnish authorities recommend the use of face masks when travelling on public transport and in other situations where maintaining safe distances is not possible. For further details visit the THL website. Check details before travelling. There are also restrictions on public premises and events.

The Finnish authorities recommend that all individuals over the age of 12 wear a facemask in all public indoor spaces and on public transport, throughout the country. The recommendation applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

Check the Helsinki City website for more details and guidance on restrictions. The coronavirus situation around Finland can vary widely, so local advice should be followed.

Finland will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination record. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully, if domestic certification is required. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Healthcare in Finland

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Finland.

COVID-19 Vaccines if you live in Finland

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country/territory where they live. We will update this page when the Finnish authorities announce new information on their vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Finnish national vaccination programme started in December 2020 and uses the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines. The programme is open to all residents, including British nationals, aged 12 years or older. The vaccine is voluntary and free of charge. The Finnish authorities have issued guidance on how to access COVID-19 vaccines in Finland.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad page.

If you’re a British national living in Finland, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

The Finnish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs has opened a Coronavirus hotline (open Monday to Friday, 8am to 9pm and Saturday, 09am to 3pm) on +358 (0)2 95 535 535. The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has up to date information on coronavirus in Finland.

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.