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Finland’s Entry Requirements for Travel in 2022

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Finland first reopened for tourism to EU countries mid-2020, but due to second and third waves through Europe, has been closed for most of 2021.

But as of January 2022, Finland is welcoming travelers who come to the country for leisure.

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Below we have compiled a guide with everything you need to know about travelling to Finland, which countries are allowed to visit, all entry requirements, and any other rules you need to know about.

Which countries are allowed to travel to Finland?

All nations are allowed entry into Finland, provided that they are fully vaccinated and have a negative 48-hour COVID test. A recovery certificate may also be used in lieu of proof of vaccination.

As of January 2022, visitors from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe are not allowed entry.

Note: vaccination and recovery certificates must be in English, Finnish, or Swedish.

Testing Required For Entry 

Travelers will need to bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test result no older than 48 hours. 

Vaccination Required for Entry

Proof of vaccination is required for all travelers to Austria. A certificate of recovery (valid for 6 months) will also be accepted.

Accepted vaccines include:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Sinopharm
  • Covishield
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

Full vaccination must be finished at least seven days before departure.

Exceptions are made for:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Jordania
  • Kuwait
  • Macau
  • New Zealand
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay

Nationals and residents of these nations may travel to Finland without full vaccination, provided that they arrive directly from their country of residence by flight.

What is open in Finland?

  • Hotels and accommodation facilities 
  • Tourist facilities
  • Museums and other places of culture
  • Restaurants, pubs and bars
  • Cinemas, theme parks, and zoos
  • Beaches and outdoor attractions

Are masks mandatory in Finland?

Wearing of masks is encouraged but not Mandatory in Finland.

A government statement reads: 

“The government does not make a general recommendation on the use of face masks, but believes the masks can be used to protect other people in places and situations where it is not possible to avoid close contact. Such situations can arise, for example, in public transport during peak times, where distances cannot be arranged and where longer times are spent.”

Summary: Masks are recommended. Use a mask when social distancing isn't possible.

Disclaimer: Finland reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling

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Originally published in summer 2020 with updates

Paul Hayes

Tuesday 20th of July 2021

Greetings. I am affiliated with a Carmelite Monastery in Carmel,Ca. There are two nuns in Helsinki who must leave Finland due to health reasons. One is a US citizen and the other a citizen of Kenya. My question has two parts: 1.What should the nuns be preparing for a potential departure in September. What documents, vaccines etc. 2. If the nuns can't both travel to the US given immigration status, a US citizen will need to travel to Helsinki to assist and accompany the one nun who is a US citizen given her health status. Appreciate your guidance. Thanks. Paul

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 21st of July 2021

Hi Paul, September is a very long time away in 'covid time' as it pertains to travel rules. I would wait until about 10-14 days before departure to research any rules, as they change almost daily.


Monday 7th of June 2021

Will US citizens be permitted entry into Finland in January of 2022? Is a negative covid test required upon entry or is the "vaccine passport" the vaccination card acceptable for entry?

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 7th of June 2021

January 2022 is much to far ahead to make any predictions, as things change very fast in this situation. Americans should be granted access before then


Sunday 15th of November 2020

So my boyfriend will be living in Finland for school. There are still flights coming from Los Angeles to Finland and it’s so hard to tell how I can enter. On their boarder patrol site it seems to say unmarried couples can enter but there is no way to be sure. Any info on how I would go? Just buy my flight and show up? Ahhh so confusing lol

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 16th of November 2020

Hi Miranda - Having flights go in and out does not mean entry is possible. Take my country (Canada) for example. Flights come in daily from all over the USA, but American's are not permitted to enter at this time.

For Finland, you will not be permitted entry. If you show up at the airport they will likely not even let you board.

To apply for unmarried couples exceptions, you will have to contact the consulate and get direction from them.

Good luck!

Mae ramirez

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

Is phillippines cOuntry can entire into finland for tourism?

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 5th of November 2020

No not at this time


Monday 28th of September 2020

As a Canadian do you know if Finland is allowing Canadian tourists as of Sept 19? There seems to be some conflicting information out there.

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 28th of September 2020

Hi! I actually know exactly what you are talking about! We had a reader send in a tip that Canadians were now allowed, but I am seeing conflicting information online. In the 2 government sources I checked, it looks like Canada is NOT permitted at this time. However, you can always check with border police if you have doubts