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Koronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus COVID-19

Published30.09.2022
This page provides key information on the effects of COVID-19 in Finland and links to authority websites with more detailed information.

Finnish authorities have released useful information on the topic in different languages.

Recommendations and restrictions

  • Take the COVID-19 vaccine, which protects you and your loved ones from severe coronavirus disease.
  • If you fall ill, stay at home. You can also take a COVID-19 rapid test at home.
  • Maintain good hygiene: wash your hands and wear a mask at your own discretion, keep a safe distance and ensure good ventilation.

You can find information about the local COVID-19 situation on the websites of the hospital districts and your municipality.

Get vaccinated against COVID-19

Get vaccinated against COVID-19 – it will protect you from severe coronavirus disease. The COVID-19 vaccine reduces the risk of transmission of the virus from one person to another. By taking the COVID-19 vaccine, you also protect your loved ones.The vaccine will not cost you anything.

COVID-19 vaccination is available to anyone age 5 and older. In Finland, COVID-19 vaccination is organised by municipalities. Large cities have several vaccination points. You can find their opening hours and contact information on the website of your city/town.

All COVID-19 vaccines used in Finland have been authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The EMA grants marketing authorisations for vaccines that have been studied and proven to be safe and effective. All COVID-19 vaccines are effective against serious coronavirus disease.

So far, billions of people have been vaccinated worldwide. The website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) provides more detailed information about coronavirus vaccination.

Wear a face mask

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare recommends continuing to wear a mask in public indoor spaces and public transport, if

  • you are going to treatment or testing due to a suspected COVID-19 infection,
  • you have respiratory symptoms, but you must move outside the home,
  • you know that you have been exposed to COVID-19, for example, if a family member has been diagnosed with COVID-19, but you cannot avoid close contact outside your home.

The key thing is to keep a sufficient safe distance from others and wash your hands often. If you have any symptoms, stay at home.

Link redirects to another websiteFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare

Wear a face mask

Link redirects to another websiteFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare

Video: How to wear a face mask

What to do if I have symptoms?

A test is usually not needed for mild COVID-19 symptoms. You can take a COVID-19 rapid test at home. Avoid contact for five days or for two days after the symptoms stop. Currently, persons infected with COVID-19 are rarely placed under official quarantine or isolation.

Link redirects to another websiteFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare

COVID-19 testing and avoiding contact

Link redirects to another websiteFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare

COVID-19 rapid tests at home

If you experience severe symptoms, such as difficulty in breathing, or if your general condition deteriorates, contact your health care provider immediately.

If your symptoms are mild and your general condition is good, you do not need to contact your health care provider or take an official COVID-19 test. If you want, you can take a home test.

If you still have symptoms on the fifth day or after, it is recommended that you stay at home until you have been asymptomatic for at least two days. This means that the fever is gone and the other symptoms are clearly diminishing. If the only symptom is a change in the sense of smell or taste or a mild dry cough, the isolation does not need to be continued.

If the result of the home test is positive

Do not meet people other than those who live with you for at least five days. Stay home, if possible. Do not go to work – report your absence to your employer. Do not go to hobbies or public events. You can go to a grocery shop or pharmacy if nobody else can do it for you. In this case, it is recommended to wear a face mask. By wearing a face mask, you protect others from infection.

If the result of the home test is negative

If the result of the home test is negative but you have symptoms, you should avoid contact for at least five days or until you no longer have symptoms. Even after a negative test result, you may become infected. You may also already have been infected even if the test result is negative.

If you need to leave the home, you should follow the safety instructions: keep a safe distance and wash your hands frequently. You can wear a face mask if you have symptoms of a respiratory infection. By wearing a face mask, you protect others from infection.

If you need a medical certificate of recovery from COVID-19, contact your health care provider. You may need a certificate, for example, for sickness allowance or communicable disease allowance.

Link redirects to another websiteFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare

Quarantine and isolation instructions

Communicable disease allowance

You can apply for the communicable disease allowance if you have an official certificate of your COVID-19 infection and are unable to work because of the infection.

You can apply for the allowance if you are covered by Finnish health insurance or you are a citizen of an EU member state, EEA member state or Switzerland. You must also be employed in Finland.

The communicable disease allowance is equal to the pay you would have received for the same period at work. If you are self-employed, the amount of the allowance is based on YEL and MYEL insurance.

You can also apply for the communicable disease allowance if your child under the age of 16 has been ordered to stay at home to prevent the spread of the communicable disease.

For the application, you need a certificate issued by a doctor, nurse or public health nurse. First, you have to have the COVID-19 test. You cannot receive a certificate based on a home test. The certificate must indicate the period you are advised to stay away from work due to the risk of spreading COVID-19. 

You also need a certificate from your employer. The certificate must indicate how much salary you would have received during the quarantine. The communicable disease allowance is paid by Kela.

COVID-19 certificate

You may need a COVID-19 certificate when you travel abroad. Always check the latest entry regulations with the authorities in your destination country before you travel, for example at your nearest embassy or consulate.

If you are travelling, bring a vaccination certificate, a certificate of having had the virus or a negative test result. These are accepted EU COVID-19 certificates. Make sure that your COVID-19 certificate is valid and download it from the My Kanta service.

You will need your online banking credentials or Mobile ID for authentication to the My Kanta service. After authentication, you can download the COVID-19 passport to your mobile device or print it out. If you do not have online banking credentials or a mobile device, you can get your COVID-19 passport printed by the health care unit where you got vaccinated or tested.

For more information about the COVID-19 certificate, see the Kanta.fi service.

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