This article was originally published on December 28, 2021, and was updated on February 14, 2022, and January 20, 2022, to reflect new information.
February 14, 2022 Update: The government of Finland will extend internal border control restrictions with all Schengen Area countries and international travelers until March 13, 2022. Previously, these measures were due to expire on January 31 31, 2022, but were extended until February 14, 2022.
January 27, 2022, Update:
- Lifting of internal border restrictions for Schengen member states to begin January 31, 2022
- External border restrictions will remain in place until February 14, 2022
Finland’s government announced that border restrictions placed on Schengen countries at the end of December 2021 (see below) would be lifted on January 31, 2022. Meanwhile, entry restrictions on travelers arriving from countries outside of the Schengen member states will apply until February 14, 2022. These travelers will be required to present:
- Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or proof of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months before entry
- A negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test certificate was issued within less than 48 hours of entry
Citizens and foreign nationals with long-term residence in Finland will not be required to present a vaccination certificate.
What are the Changes?
The government of Finland will lift internal restrictions on Schengen Area member states beginning January 31, 2022. This change will allow travelers from Schengen Area member states to enter Finland with fewer restrictions.
Continue to check the government of Finland’s website for the latest updates and information.
January 20, 2022 Update: The government of Finland will extend internal border control restrictions with all Schengen countries and international travelers until January 31, 2022. Previously, these measures were due to expire on January 16, 2022.
Original Post From December 28, 2021:
- Internal border measures reinstated for travelers arriving from Schengen countries
The government of Finland reinstated internal border control measures between Finland and all Schengen countries beginning December 28, 2021. All travelers who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination series, including those arriving from Schengen countries, will be required to undergo entry checks. This will include presenting a valid vaccination certificate, a certificate of recovery from COVID-19, or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of entry. For additional information, click here.
What are the Changes?
The government of Finland reinstated international border controls with the stated goal to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the omicron variant. All inbound travelers will now be subject to the same entrance checks and requirements.
These new measures will remain in place until January 16, 2022. The government of Finland is expected to release additional information in the coming days. Continue to check the government of Finland’s website for other updates and news.