Last updated: 05/10/2020
Please refer to our FAQ page about COVID-19 if you want to know how the epidemic affects Edunation’s applicants.
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. The coronavirus epidemic has become stable in Finland over the summer 2020.
Effects on new applicants to Finnish universities
The reception of ordinary visa applications is suspended but activities relating to residence permit applications have gradually been resumed in some of the Finnish embassies from 16 June 2020. Some embassies are already giving appointments for students who have submitted their residence permit application. Please check the website of the Finnish embassy in your country to get the updated information about the reception of residence permits.
Students who have not yet applied for the residence permit or visited the embassy or VFS Centre are advised to prepare their finances and needed documents while waiting for their embassy to reopen. 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.
Universities in Finland are committed to providing all international students the chance to start their studies in autumn 2020 by providing online study options. Some universities can also give students the possibility to postpone the start of their studies to 2021.
Restrictions imposed by the Finnish Government
The Finnish Government declared a state of emergency in Finland in March 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The regulations took full effect on 18 March 2020, after which they have gradually been lifted. The state of emergency in Finland was ended by the government on 16 June 2020. Despite the precautions and regulations, the government has decided to put in place new requirements for people arriving in Finland.
The current status:
- There is a temporary restriction coming into place regarding the opening hours of restaurants, bars and clubs. From the 8th of October until 31st of October, restaurants, bars and clubs can only be open until 1 AM.
- 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.
- On 29 September 2020, the government has decided to reintroduce entry restrictions on people travelling to Finland from some EU countries, such as Germany, Spain and Italy.
- From 1 October to 22 November, travellers coming from high-incidence countries are strongly recommended to take a voluntary COVID-19 test in the country of origin within 72 hours before coming to Finland, or self-isolation for 14 days.
Information to our current students in Finland and those arriving in autumn 2020
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 2020 semesters at our partner universities are planned and scheduled to start online at the end of August/beginning of September. Students who are already in Finland can start the autumn semester either on the 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.