Finland Travel Advice
Security travel advice for Finland
How safe is Finland?
Threat level: Low
COVID-19 Situation in Finland
Amid the new strain of coronavirus in the UK, entry in Finland is restricted to UK travellers until further notice.
Due to the a surge in COVID-19 cases in parts of the world, new restrictions and recommendations have been introduced that differ from one region to another, depending on the number of local cases. Travel restrictions are in place to limit the spread of the virus from overseas and entry is banned to visitors to Finland unless they travel for work or studies, to visit a relative who lives in Finland or if they have a place of residence. Voluntary quarantine recommendations are made depending on the risk of coronavirus infection related to the country of origin.
Further to this, capacity in public venues has been reduced by 50%, public venues' operational hours are restricted to a limited time-frame at night, capacity in public spaces must be arranged so as to limit close contact between visitors and remote work is recommended when possible. In areas where the infection rate is high, eateries have been ordered to close. Wearing a facemask is recommended in public transport and in cases where social distancing rules can't be applied.
To contain the spread of the virus and avoid a second wave, people must comply with good health and safety practices including avoiding physical contact, maintaining social distancing and washing hands regularly.
For more advice on preventive measures to follow, refer to our healthcare section.
Security in Finland
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, the current travel advice for Finland 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 advice for Finland is to be aware of weather conditions, the current immigration climate and the possibility of ongoing demonstrations.
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's International Relations
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.
Travelling around Finland
When travelling by car in an EU country, British nationals do not need an International Driving Permit (IDP) but a motor insurance green card issued by their car insurer is required to drive a UK-registered car in the EU.
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.
Commercial Travel Risk Services
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Emergency services in Finland
Police emergency: 112
Fire emergency: 112
Medical emergency: 112
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Consular information for Finland
Itäinen Puistotie 14 A,
Telephone: +358 9 616 250
Itäinen Puistotie 17
Telephone: +358 9 2286 5100
Visa requirements for Finland
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 than this, may require a visa. Please check with your embassy for further information.
As the UK is no longer part of the EU, British nationals can travel without a visa to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. However, to stay longer than 90 days in Finland whether for work, study, business travel or any other reasons, a visa will be required. Please note that visits to other Schengen countries within the previous 180 days will be cumulative and will count towards the 90-day limit.
Healthcare and Immunisations
If you are a British citizen, your UK EHIC card remains valid when travelling to an EU country until it expires, providing access to state-provided healthcare in Finland. After that, British citizens must apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which will cover them for state-provided healthcare in the EU. Nevertheless, you will be required to show proof on arrival that you have travel insurance for your trip.
COVID-19 is present in Denmark and there is no vaccination against it. Protection is through following preventive measures: apply good hygiene precautions, maintain social distancing, avoid travelling unless necessary and don't gather in public places.
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.
The medical healthcare 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.