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.

If you are not in Finland

Travel guidelines in the COVID-19 situation

The FINENTRY service provides you with personal instructions on what to do when arriving in Finland during the pandemic. You can use the FINENTRY service to:

  • make an appointment for a COVID-19 test in Finland
  • receive instructions for arriving at your test location via SMS
  • get your test result via SMS.

The service is available in several languages. Please also observe the instructions and restrictions related to entry to Finland.

linkkiFINENTRY:
Travel guidelines in the COVID-19 situationFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian

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

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

If you are returning to Finland

If you are returning to Finland from abroad, prepare to prove at the border that you have a justifiable reason for entering Finland. At the border control, you must present a valid identity card or passport and, if necessary, the required visa or residence permit.

Please also take into account the recommendation of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) that you remain in quarantine for 10 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. Read more about the quarantine, recommendations and restrictions on the InfoFinland page: Coronavirus COVID-19.

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

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

Crossing borders in the Schengen Area

If you travel to Finland from a Schengen country, prepare to prove at the border that you have a justifiable reason for entering Finland. Further information on border crossings can be found on the website of the Finnish Border Guard.

The website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) provides health advice and up-to-date traveller instructions. It is recommended that you observe the 10-day self-quarantine.

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

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

If you apply for your first residence permit

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 30.04.2021. 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

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. The exemption is valid until 31 March 2021.

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 March 2021.

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.