Koronavirus ja muutto Suomeen

Coronavirus and moving to Finland

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

linkkiMinistry for Foreign Affairs:
Frequently asked questions about travel and coronavirusFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Institute for Health and Welfare:
Rules for travellers arriving in FinlandFinnish | Swedish | English

If you are not in Finland

Due to coronavirus, Finland has restricted the reception and processing of applications for visas and residence permits in diplomatic missions. You can still apply for a residence permit in Finland or for registration of right of residence through the Enter Finland online service of the Finnish Immigration Service. You can also pay the processing fee through the online service.

You must, however, visit a Finnish diplomatic mission or a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service to prove your identity before your application can be processed. You normally need prove your identity within three months of submitting the application. Due to the coronavirus situation, the identification period has been extended to 31 December 2020. Check the status of the Finnish diplomatic mission serving you at finlandabroad.fi.

Follow the customer bulletins of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Finnish Immigration Service.

linkkiMinistry for Foreign Affairs:
Finnish diplomatic missions abroadFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
If you are moving to FinlandFinnish | Swedish | English

Crossing borders in the Schengen Area

For some countries, Finland has discontinued its internal border control and the quarantine recommendation has been lifted. Check the details on the THL website.

Further information on border crossings can be found on the website of the Finnish Border Guard.

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

linkkiThe Finnish Border Guard:
Crossing borders in the Schengen AreaFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian

Seasonal work during the COVID-19 epidemic

Restrictions on entry have been lifted in certain fields. Such work includes seasonal work in agriculture, gardens, forests and fisheries.

If you are a third-country national, you can enter Finland if you have the necessary residence permit and the employer’s justification for the necessity of entering the country.

It is recommended that you observe the 14-day self-quarantine.

linkkiThe Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
Form for the employer: the necessity of an employee entering the country during the state of emergency Finnish | English

linkkiMinistry of Agriculture and Forestry in Finland:
Frequently asked questions about seasonal labourFinnish | Swedish | English

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

If you are seeking asylum in Finland

Apply for asylum in Finland personally with the police or border control authority. You can come to Finland and submit an application for asylum even during the coronavirus situation. Immediately inform the border control authority that you wish to apply for asylum.

If you are in Finland

If you are already in Finland and are applying for a residence permit or extension permit, you must consider the following:

  • Due to the coronavirus situation, you can only visit a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service by appointment, which you can book in the appointment booking service of the Finnish Immigration Service.
  • You can complete most of the applications in the Enter Finland online service maintained by the Finnish Immigration Service at enterfinland.fi.
  • If you cannot use the Enter Finland online service and you cannot book an appointment for a service point, you can exceptionally send your paper application by post or email. However, it is recommended to use Enter Finland because it is faster.

More detailed instructions on how to apply for a residence permit and to visit a service point during the coronavirus epidemic, please visit the website of the Finnish Immigration Service.

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Instructions from the Finnish Immigration Service in the coronavirus situationFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Instructions from the Finnish Immigration Service to foreigners living in FinlandFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Appointment booking serviceFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Frequently asked questions about the effects of coronavirusFinnish | Swedish | English

Effects of coronavirus on residence permit extensions

Sufficient income

A permit extension can usually not be granted if your income was not high enough during the previous permit.

Has coronavirus affected your income? Under certain circumstances, the Finnish Immigration Service will take this into consideration when you apply for a permit extension. The reduction in income must be due to the coronavirus pandemic and cannot last for more than six months. The exemption is valid until 31 December 2020.

Employees

Were you permanently or temporarily laid off due to coronavirus? Or have you had less work than normal during the pandemic? The Finnish Immigration Service may still grant you an employee’s residence permit extension if your income decreased temporarily due to coronavirus. Enclose with your application a certificate of being temporarily or permanently laid off due to coronavirus. You can ask your employer to provide you with this certificate.

Family members

Has your family’s income decreased temporarily due to coronavirus? The Finnish Immigration Service will take this into consideration when you apply for a family member’s residence permit extension. Enclose with your application a certificate of you or your family reunification sponsor being temporarily or permanently laid off due to coronavirus.

Students and researchers

Have your studies progressed more slowly than normal due to coronavirus? The Finnish Immigration Service will take this into consideration when you apply for a student residence permit extension. You are not required to progress as quickly as normal if you have caught coronavirus or if the exceptional situation has affected your studies.

Enclose with your application an explanation for why your studies have not progressed as quickly as planned.

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Effects of coronavirus on residence permit extensionsFinnish | Swedish | English

If you cannot leave Finland

If there are no commercial flights to your home country, contact the embassy or consulate of your country to see if they can help you return to your home country. If you are staying in Finland with a valid visa, contact the police. The police can continue a valid visa under certain conditions.

More information is available on the website of the police.

linkkiPolice of Finland:
VisasFinnish | Swedish | English

Temporary residence permit

In certain situations, you can apply for a temporary residence permit if you cannot travel to your home country or to your country of permanent residence due to restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. A short temporary residence permit can only be issued if leaving Finland is practically impossible or, for instance, seriously endangers health.

A temporary residence permit to be issued due to the restrictions resulting from coronavirus is valid until 31 October 2020.

For more information on the temporary residence permit to be applied for due to the restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, please visit the website of the Finnish Immigration Service.

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Temporary residence permit due to restrictions resulting from coronavirusFinnish | Swedish | English

Coronavirus COVID-19

In Finland, the coronavirus epidemic affects everyday life in many ways. Finnish authorities have released useful information on the topic in different languages.

To read more, go to: Coronavirus COVID-19.