Last updated: 2/9/2021
Spread of the epidemic in Finland
The most reliable source of information about coronavirus in Finland can be found on The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) website.
Effects on new applicants to Finnish universities for 2021
Finnish embassies are open and processing residence permit applications, but at a slower pace than before. Each country may have more restrictions than others that could affect the embassy’s operations. Thus, please check the website of the Finnish embassy in your country to get the updated information about the reception of residence permits.
Students can already fill out and submit the residence permit application in EnterFinland.fi online portal. Your application will be accepted for processing once you have been able to make the appointment at the embassy or VFS Centre in your country.
Restrictions imposed by the Finnish Government
The number of COVID-19 cases in Finland continues to fall. Many people have received the first and second dose of the vaccine.
The situation is now stable and developing favorably, and as a result, the nationwide tiers of COVID-19 prevention measures have been discontinued. Going forward, COVID-19 prevention in Finland will focus on regional restrictions and recommendations.
The current restrictions are the following:
- There are no restrictions on the number of participants in public events, but hygiene and safes distance regulations are still in place. Participants and parties must avoid close contact with others when there are more than 10 people indoors and more than 50 people in enclosed outdoors spaces.
- Wearing a mask is recommended in any situation, where keeping a safe distant is not possible and always in public transport and public indoor spaces.
- All restaurants may be open. Restrictions on opening hours and customer numbers will continue to be in place as required by epidemiological situation in the area. The situation will be reviewed on a weekly basis.
- Travel restrictions to and from Finland are reviewed and updated regularly by the Finnish Government. Please check the website of the Foreign Ministry of Finland to get the most updated information about travelling.
- Travel within Finland is allowed as long as health and safety guidelines relating to coronavirus are observed. All travel must be avoided when ill. During travel, it is important to observe good hand and respiratory hygiene. It is important to avoid unnecessary physical contact Tourism businesses must pay particular attention to cleaning, preparedness planning and training of staff.
- On September 2nd, 2021, 72 % of the population has received the first dose of vaccine. 50 % has received both doses. More information can be found on thl.fi website.
Entry restrictions and health measures in place in Finland
We highly recommend you to check often the Finnish border’s website for the latest updates about entering to the country.
If you arrive in Finland from a country that is considered a high-risk country, you will be subjected to health security measures at the point of entry. It is recommended that you use the FINENTRY service before entering Finland. The service is also used for booking an appointment for a COVID-19 test in Finland and it is free of charge.
When arriving from a high risk country with a certificate of an approved full-course COVID-19 vaccination (no less than 14 days from the last dose) or laboratory confirmation of having been infected with COVID-19 within the past 6 months, you do not need to take the COVID-19 test.
If you have a certificate of having tested negative for the coronavirus no more than 72 hours before arrival in Finland or of having received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine course at least 14 days before arrival in Finland, you will be referred to the test within 3–5 days (72–120 hours) of arrival in Finland.
If you do not have any of the above-mentioned certificates, you will be referred to the COVID-19 test at your point of entry and within 3–5 days of arrival in Finland.
More information about entry restrictions can be found here.
COVID-19 vaccines will be offered to everyone in Finland. Vaccination is voluntary and free of charge for all, including healthcare workers. Your municipality of residence in Finland is responsible for organizing the vaccination.
To get more updated information about the corona situation in Finland, check the Finnish institute for health and welfare and Finnish Immigration Service websites. You can follow the news from Finland in English here.
During these uncertain times, we want to remind you that Edunation is always here for you. We understand every concern and if you have anything you would like to ask or talk about, please don’t hesitate to contact the Edunation team!