Last updated: 9/6/2021
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, and many people have already received their first 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.
- 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.
- In January 2021, vaccine doses against COVID-19 have been distributed to the country slowly. 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.
When entry from a certain country is restricted due to a high incidence of COVID-19, recreational travel to Finland from that country is not permitted. In this case, only return traffic to Finland, transit traffic, commuting or travel for other essential reasons is possible. Self-isolation and testing are recommended for travelers arriving in Finland from high-incidence countries.
If you arrive in Finland from a country that is considered high-risk due to the incidence of COVID-19, you will be required to undergo a health check. The purpose of the health check is to determine whether people arriving in the country are infected with COVID-19. The health check may include a COVID-19 test. You can book an appointment for a COVID-19 test in advance using the FINENTRY service.
After you have been tested for COVID-19 at the border, you must take a second test no earlier than 72 hours after your arrival in Finland. If you do not take a second test, you must remain in quarantine for 14 days after arriving in the country.
It is recommended that travelers who do not live in Finland take a COVID-19 test less than 72 hours before arriving in Finland. A second test can be taken in Finland no earlier than 72 hours after arriving in Finland. Between the tests, self-isolation at the place of accommodation is recommended. The self-isolation period will end if the test result is negative. If a person’s test result is positive, a doctor specialized in infectious diseases may place them under quarantine. They must remain in quarantine until they have recovered.
More information about entry restrictions can be found here.
Information to our current students in Finland and those arriving in Spring 2021
Many students might now be worried about what will happen to the progress of their studies. Although all the university facilities in Finland are closed, teaching will not end! Finland has a great distance learning system and tuition is not dependent on contact learning. Finnish universities have several online platforms that enable taking classes from home. Finland is a highly technologically developed country and both students and workers can often work from home remotely. As of now, the autumn 2021 semesters at our partner universities are planned and scheduled to start both online and offline at the end of August/beginning of September. If you are unsure whether you can start online studies, feel free to contact Edunation at email@example.com. Students who are already in Finland can start the autumn semester either on campus or online.
The Finnish healthcare system is among the most advanced in the world. In any case, whether you are with symptoms or totally symptom-free, avoid close contact with other people as much as possible! These isolation regulations apply to all people in Finland until further notice.
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!
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.