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Coronavirus COVID-19

This page has links to reliable information released by Finnish authorities on coronavirus and its effects in Finland.

In Finland, the coronavirus epidemic affects everyday life in many ways. 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

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

linkkiVR:
Requirement for face masks on the trainFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiHelsinki Region Transport, HSL:
Requirement for face masks on public transportationFinnish | 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

There are two types of quarantine: self-quarantine and official quarantine.

Self-quarantine

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) recommends that you remain in quarantine for 14 days if you arrive in Finland from a country with a high incidence of COVID-19. The length of self-quarantine can be shortened by taking a COVID-19 test if you have recently arrived in Finland from abroad. Also remain in quarantine if you are waiting for the result of a COVID-19 test.

linkkiFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare:
Instructions for travellers and employees arriving in FinlandFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | Spanish | Chinese | Norwegian | 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 14 days. You cannot shorten official quarantine by taking a COVID-19 test. 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 in self-quarantine or in official quarantine, 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

If you fall ill with COVID-19, a communicable disease control physician will order you to be isolated. The physician will tell you how long your isolation will last. You will also receive other instructions. Try to avoid contact with your family members as well.

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

Vaccine against COVID-19

The vaccine against the coronavirus will protect you from severe coronavirus disease. The vaccine will not cost you anything.

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 is first given to doctors and nurses who treat coronavirus patients. Next, the vaccine is given to people over 70 years of age, starting with the eldest, and then to those who are at risk of developing severe coronavirus disease. After this, other adults will receive the vaccine.

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 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 | Icelandic | Slovak

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

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

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:
New entry restrictionsFinnish | 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 | German | Norwegian

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 | English | Russian | Somali | Arabic

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

linkkiThe Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE:
Current information on coronavirusFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Somali | Persian | Arabic | Kurdish

linkkiIntegration.fi:
Multilingual telephone services in the coronavirus situationFinnish | 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:
Instructions on closing restaurantsFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | French | Turkish | Chinese | Persian | Arabic | Thai | Vietnamese | Sami | Hindi | Nepali

linkkiThe Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
Questions and answers on closing restaurantsFinnish | 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

linkkiOccupational Safety and Health Administration:
Rights of employees in the corona situationFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiThe Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK:
Effects of coronavirus on workFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Somali | Arabic

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

Family

linkkiMannerheim League for Child Welfare:
Coronavirus situation and childrenFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | Somali | Arabic | Thai | Sami

Housing

linkkiMinistry of the Environment:
Frequently asked questions about the effects of coronavirusFinnish | Swedish | English

Information about Finland

linkkiFinnish Government:
Information on coronavirusFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Government:
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