Finland Travel Advice
Security travel advice for Finland
Threat level: Elevated
The current situation in Europe is considered to be subject to a heightened threat of terrorist attacks. Although the threat level in Finland is relatively low, it is still advised to take precautions when visiting said places in Europe as attacks could take place in popular touristic destinations.
In general, the travel safety advice for Finland is to be aware of weather conditions, the current immigration climate and the possibility of ongoing demonstrations.
Recent Security Risk Events
The current migrant situation in and around Finland and the repercussions of the strong far right extremists affiliated groups in Finland are a cause for concern.
There are no new recent security events to report at this time.
On the 18th of August 2017, a lone knifeman carried out a lone attack injuring 8 people and killing two victims. The attack took place in the city of Turku, in the southwest of Finland. Police shot and injured the attacker, an 18-year-old Moroccan, before arresting him. This was treated by authorities as a terrorist attack
On 14th June 2017, Supo made a statement advising the threat level was to be raised from low to elevated. It is felt the elevated threat is posed by foreign fighters leaving Finland to fight alongside Islamic state.
Finland is a relatively safe and secure country with a strong police force and a stable political and economic environment.
The crime rate in Finland is reasonably low and sensible precautions should be taken when visiting tourist attractions and busy areas. Petty crimes such as pick-pocketing and bag snatching are still prevalent, especially during the tourist season, from April to September. Care should be taken when withdrawing cash from ATM’s as financial fraud has grown considerably over the past year. Avoid busy places such as tram and train stations when drawing out money at ATMs.
There is an elevated risk currently due to the increased migration throughout Europe. This has heightened tensions with political and extremist parties known for the opposition to non-white immigration to the Nordic area.
Groups such as the Suomen vastarintaliike (Finnish Resistance Movement and Nordiska Motståndsrörelsen (Nordic Resistance Moment), with far right roots have had a history of violence and caution is advised when travelling to Finland. Please avoid immigration centres and surrounding areas, as previous attacks have been noted.
Demonstrations have taken place in Finland, these have been known to turn violent.
Finland is a member of the UN and the EU among other political affiliations such as NATO. It demonstrates good ties and links globally and has a strong relationship with bordering neighbours such as Russia and Sweden. It is part of the Eurozone as well as the Schengen treaty, allowing free movement.
Road travel in Finland is relatively good with extensive highways as well as adequate public transportation services. It is worth noting that in the early hours of the morning, it is common in Finland that traffic lights at some intersections are switched off, especially in large cities.
Weather in Finland is subject to harsh and wintery weather conditions. Care must be taken when driving on the roads during colder climate times, especially as roads will be prone to snow and ice, so accidents can be prevalent in certain areas. From December 1st through to 28th February vehicles are required by law to have weather specific tyres throughout these dates, this weather can continue through till April.
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Finland is part of the Schengen Agreement meaning that most nationalities are entitled to enter the country for up to 90 days without a visa. Visits longer that this may require a visa. Please check with your embassy for further information.
It is advised that visitors to Finland are up-to-date with primary boosters such as MMR. It is further recommended that most travellers also get a Tetanus vaccination. Check with your local health professional prior to travel if you are unsure.
Other health risks
The medical health care in Finland is of a high standard and most medical staff can speak English. Helsinki is quite often the place for medical evacuation in emergency cases from countries of the former Soviet Union. As with all overseas travel including Finland, ensure you have adequate Travel and Medical insurance cover.
Itäinen Puistotie 14 A,
Telephone: +358 9 616 250
Itäinen Puistotie 17
Telephone: +358 9 2286 5100
Other useful info
Police emergency: 112
Fire emergency: 112
Medical emergency: 112
Finland operates with one emergency contact number for most services.