4th of May:

Please note the following press release about the Government decision on an action plan for a hybrid strategy to manage coronavirus crisis and for gradual lifting of restrictions: https://vnk.fi/en/article/-/asset_publisher/hallitus-linjasi-suunnitelmasta-koronakriisin-hallinnan-hybridistrategiaksi-ja-rajoitusten-vaiheittaisesta-purkamisesta.

 

-          As of 14 May 2020, the statutory restrictions on border traffic will be lifted in cross-border traffic across the Schengen internal borders by allowing employment or commission-related commuting and other essential traffic.

-          For the time being, recreational travel abroad is not recommended, and the travel advice issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will be extended accordingly. The Ministry of the Interior will draft more specific guidelines on the gradual opening of border traffic. Finland considers it important that the lifting of the restrictions on border traffic be coordinated at the EU level. However, the Government continues to recommend that all unnecessary travel, such as leisure travel, be avoided for the time being.

-          Restrictions on gatherings are still necessary. Based on an epidemiological assessment, it will be possible to ease the restrictions on the number of persons from the current 10 to a maximum of 50 from 1 June until further notice. The situation will be reviewed again by the end of June.

-          Large public events with more than 500 people are prohibited until 31 July 2020 in line with the Government's decision.

Please note that recommendations to stay in quarantine-like conditions for two weeks after arrival in Finland, all of which concern also members of missions, will continue to be in force until further notice. Details of the border formalities after 14 May will be announced later, after the government meeting on May 7.

15th of April:

Government of Finland decided to lift the restrictions on movement in Uusimaa

https://valtioneuvosto.fi/en/article/-/asset_publisher/10616/xx-1

However, the Government continues to recommend that all unnecessary travel, such as leisure travel, be avoided for the time being.

 

Other measures and restrictions, such as the restrictions on border crossings, limitations on public gatherings and recommendations to stay in quarantine-like conditions for two weeks after arrival in Finland, all of which concern also members of missions, will continue to be in force until further notice.

 

Please note also the attached guidelines of 8 April 2020 of the Finnish Border Guard. The guidelines base on the latest decision made by the Government of Finland to continue and further restrict  the traffic at internal and external borders of Finland (re: https://intermin.fi/en/article/-/asset_publisher/suomen-rajaliikenteen-rajoituksia-jatketaan-ja-karanteenimaarayksia-tiukennetaan).

Guidelines for border traffic April 2020

8th of April:

Please note the current press releases about the new restrictions on border crossings:

-          https://valtioneuvosto.fi/en/article/-/asset_publisher/10616/hallitus-linjasi-rajaliikenteen-tiukennuksista-ruotsin-ja-norjan-vastaisella-rajalla-ahvenanmaan-sairaanhoito-turvataan

-          https://intermin.fi/en/article/-/asset_publisher/suomen-rajaliikenteen-rajoituksia-jatketaan-ja-karanteenimaarayksia-tiukennetaan.

 

As mentioned in the circular note of March 31, the restrictions on border traffic will continue until May 13 and will also be tightened (for the latest circular notes: https://um.fi/circular-notes). The passenger traffic on ships will be restricted to minimum (please follow the information provided by the shipping companies). However, air traffic between Tallinn and Helsinki will continue again after Easter holidays.

31st March: Kindly see the circular note: https://um.fi/circular-notes, including information on extension of the current restrictions until 13 May 2020 and to introduce some additional restrictions in order to slow down the spread of coronavirus infections in Finland.

 

Border traffic will continue to be restricted at the internal and external borders of Finland until 13 May 2020.

 

The Government also decided to begin preparing tighter limits to traffic at the national borders in the north and west, and to terminate the carriage of passengers in sea transport, with the exception of goods and freight transport.

 

Additional information:

https://valtioneuvosto.fi/en/current-issues/press-releases

https://vnk.fi/en/article/-/asset_publisher/ulkomailta-saapuvien-kontrolli-tiukentuu

 

Movement restrictions to and from Uusimaa region in Finland as from 27 March until 19 April 2020

See: https://um.fi/circular-notes that includes information on the movement restrictions to and from Uusimaa region in Finland as from 27 March until 19 April 2020 subject to the decision of the Parliament on the 26th of March. Further information is available on the website of the Government of Finland:

https://vnk.fi/en/article/-/asset_publisher/uudellemaalle-liikkumisrajoituksia-hallitus-paatti-uusista-lisatoimista-koronaepidemian-leviamisen-estamiseksi.

 

So, after the entry into force of the movement restrictions, the residents of Uusimaa must stay in the Uusimaa region. The restrictions do not apply to movement within Uusimaa. Residents of other regions are not allowed to visit Uusimaa. However, the foreigners who return to their home country via Helsinki-Vantaa Airport or Ports of Helsinki from outside Uusimaa region are permitted to exit via Uusimaa.  Please note that the person must be able to prove his/her intention to leave Finland (eg. by a ticket or other reliable document). In this case, the reason for travelling should be transit for leaving the country.

 

For your information a press release of the National Police Board: https://www.poliisi.fi/about_the_police/press_releases/1/0/restrictions_on_movement_to_be_introduced_in_uusimaa_-_police_urge_everyone_to_do_their_best_to_prevent_the_spread_of_coronavirus_88867.

Information on traffic restrictions at the Finnish borders as from 19 March 2020

Finland has closed its borders and suspended travel to Finland until 13 April 2020. This applies to everyone except Finnish citizens and foreigners with permanent residence in Finland.

COVID-19 Coronavirus: Guidance for travelers to Finland

Further information is available on the website of the Government of Finland at https://valtioneuvosto.fi/en/frontpage and on the website of the Finnish Border Guard at https://www.raja.fi/en

Circular Note Covernment decision 180320

Translation Gov decision

Border Guard guidelines 180320

Memorandum

 

Useful links:

https://vnk.fi/en/frontpage (Prime Minister’s Office)

https://thl.fi/en/web/thlfi-en (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare)

https://www.finavia.fi/en/airports/helsinki-airport (Helsinki-Vantaa Airport)

https://www.raja.fi/en (The Finnish Border Guard)

https://www.hel.fi/helsinki/en (Website of the City of Helsinki)

https://www.poliisi.fi/coronavirus_info (Police)

https://intermin.fi/en/frontpage (Ministry of the Interior)