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Coronavirus COVID-19

Various special arrangements and instructions are in place due to COVID-19. 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.

linkkiFinnish Government:
Restrictions and recommendations during the coronavirus epidemicFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare:
Restrictions and recommendations in your own areaFinnish | Swedish | English

Get vaccinated against COVID-19

The vaccine against the coronavirus will protect you from severe coronavirus disease.

The vaccine has been carefully tested on tens of thousands of people, and the authorities have assessed that it is safe and effective enough.

The vaccination can be given to children 12 years of age and older. Follow the information provided by your municipality on when you can receive the vaccine. Your municipality will inform you where and how you can get the vaccine. The vaccine will not cost you anything.

The website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) provides more detailed information about coronavirus vaccination.

linkkiFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare:
Information about the COVID-19 vaccinationFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare:
Vaccines and COVID-19Finnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | French | Somali | Spanish | Turkish | Chinese | Persian | Arabic | Kurdish | Albanian | Thai | Vietnamese | Slovak

linkkiFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare:
Organisation of COVID-19 vaccinations in FinlandFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare:
Children’s and young people’s COVID-19 vaccinationsFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | Somali

linkkiRestrictions and recommendations in your own area:
Video: The COVID-19 vaccination is safeFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Somali | Arabic

Wear a face mask

Wear a mask when

  • travelling by bus, train, metro or tram;
  • moving around in public indoor spaces, shops, pharmacies, libraries and other places where there are other people;
  • you go get tested for coronavirus; or
  • if you have just arrived in Finland from abroad and are on your way to quarantine.

Follow the more detailed instructions on mask use given by the authorities of your own region. The key thing is to keep a safe distance of over 2 metres from others and wash your hands often. If you have any symptoms, stay at home.

linkkiFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare:
Wear a face maskFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare:
Video: How to wear a face maskFinnish | Swedish | English

Download the Koronavilkku app to your mobile phone

If you are diagnosed with an infection, you can report it to the app anonymously. The app also notifies you in case you have been in contact with an infected person.

If you have received an exposure notification to your Koronavilkku app, immediately contact your municipality’s health care and get tested.

The Koronavilkku is safe to use. The Koronavilkku app is provided by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) for use within Finland.

You can download the app free of charge on the Koronavilkku.fi/en website.

The app is available in Finnish, Swedish and English.

linkkiFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare:
Koronavilkku appFinnish | Swedish | English

Quarantine and isolation

If you arrive in Finland from a country with a high incidence of COVID-19 and are waiting for the result of the COVID-19 test, stay at home and do not meet other people. This is a recommendation from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

linkkiFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare:
Instructions for travellers and employees arriving in FinlandFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | German | Polish | Sami

Official quarantine

A physician will order you to be quarantined if you have been exposed to COVID-19. This order must be followed. You must remain in quarantine even if you do not have any symptoms. The length of the quarantine is usually 10 days. You may be entitled to receive sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease. Read more on the page Financial problems.

What should I do when I am quarantined?

When you are quarantined, do not meet with people who do not live in the same household as you.

During the quarantine period, stay at home. You can go outside if you do not go near other people. You may not go, for example, to your workplace, school, day-care centre, hobbies, shops, pharmacy, church or mosque, because close contact is difficult to avoid in these places. You are not allowed to attend any gatherings.

You can ask, for example, your friends or relatives to help you with your groceries or pharmacy shopping. You can order food from an online store. You can also ask the social services of your municipality of residence for help.

If you experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19, get tested.

Isolation

When you arrive in Finland from high-risk countries, you will be referred to a health check at the border. If you do not have a certificate for a negative COVID-19 test result, for having recovered from COVID-19 or for having been vaccinated against COVID-19, you can be tested for COVID-19 during the health check. In certain situations, you must also take a second test within 3–5 days of arriving in Finland. The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare recommends that you avoid contact until you have received a negative result from this second test.

linkkiFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare:
Quarantine and isolation instructionsFinnish | Swedish | English

Coronavirus and moving to Finland

Border traffic in Finland is being restricted. Many countries still have quarantine provisions in place. You must follow them.

linkkiFinnish Government:
Travel restrictions in force Finnish | Swedish | English

linkkiThe Finnish Border Guard:
Instructions for border crossingFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian

linkkiFINENTRY:
Travel guidelines in the COVID-19 situationFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | French | Somali | Arabic | Kurdish | German | Norwegian | Sami

To read more, go to: Coronavirus and moving to Finland.

Financial problems

In Finland, you can get help and advice with financial matters if you have money problems. If you or your under 16-year-old child have/has been quarantined or ordered to isolate your/him/herself and you therefore cannot go to work, you may be entitled to Kela’s communicable disease allowance.

linkkiKela:
Current news on the corona situationFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiKela:
Impact of the corona situation on Kela benefitsFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiKela:
How to handle Kela business at homeFinnish | Swedish | English

Read more on the communicable disease allowance and other benefits on the page Financial problems.

Links to materials of public authorities

Health

linkkiFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare:
Current information on coronavirusFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | French | Somali | Spanish | Turkish | Chinese | Persian | Arabic | Kurdish | Albanian | Thai | Vietnamese | Romanian

linkkiFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare:
Children and coronavirusFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiHUS:
Instructions for coronavirus patients returning home from the hospitalFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | Somali | Persian | Arabic

linkkiIntegration.fi:
Information on coronavirus in different languagesFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiOmaolo:
Do a symptom assessment if you suspect coronavirusFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiHUS:
Free-of-charge COVID-19 test certificateFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiHUS:
Report the details of persons who have been exposed to COVID-19Finnish | Swedish | English

Work and Enterprise

linkkiThe Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
Effects of coronavirus on businesses and jobsFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | Somali | Turkish | Chinese | Persian | Arabic | Kurdish

linkkiThe Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
Support for entrepreneursFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | Turkish | Chinese | Persian | Arabic | Kurdish

linkkiThe Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
Mobility of labourFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Turkish | Chinese | Persian | Arabic | Kurdish

linkkiTE Office services:
TE services in the corona situationFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Institute of Occupational Health:
Instructions for workplacesFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Somali

linkkiFinnish Tax Administration:
Effects of coronavirusFinnish | Swedish | English

Education

linkkiStudyinfo.fi:
Coronavirus and applying for education and trainingFinnish | Swedish | English

Information about Finland

linkkiFinnish Government:
Information on coronavirusFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiRegional State Administrative Agency:
Frequently asked questions about the effects of coronavirusFinnish | Swedish | English

Cities

linkkiIntegration.fi:
Materials by different municipalities on coronavirusFinnish | Swedish | English

THL: Stop the Spread of the Coronavirus