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.
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:
- Johnson & Johnson
Full vaccination must be finished at least seven days before departure.
Exceptions are made for:
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
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
Originally published in summer 2020 with updates