Soite’s reminder regarding health safety measures on arrival in Finland
Rapid changes in the COVID-19 epidemic situation are still possible. Soite urges everyone to be especially careful when traveling abroad, and also wants to remind travelers of their responsibilities, such as seeking out coronavirus testing when returning to Finland.
As of Monday 26th of July 2021, travelers have been allowed to travel from Finland to all countries. Which country you travel from and which corona certificates you have affect what kind of health safety measures you must take when returning to Finland.
When you arrive in Finland from what is considered a high risk country and if you were born in 2005 or earlier, you may on your arrival be asked to show a certificate to verify that you have undergone fully approved coronavirus vaccination (2 vaccine doses, of which the latter received at least 14 days earlier) or a certificate that you have had a COVID-19 infection less than six months earlier. If you can present one of these certificates, you do not need to take a coronavirus test in Finland if you are symptom-free.
If you on arrival in Finland can present a negative coronavirus test (taken a maximum of 72 hours ago) or a certificate asserting that you have taken the first dose of coronavirus vaccine, you must take a coronavirus test within 72–120 hours after entering the country.
If you are unable to present a vaccination certificate or a negative coronavirus test on arrival, take a coronavirus test within 24 hours of arrival and again 72–120 hours after arrival.
The traveler is responsible for the health safety measures. Soite does not directly contact travelers arriving in Central Ostrobothnia from abroad, and not all border crossing points have the means to test for corona. However, this does not release travelers from the legal obligation to take a coronavirus test.
To make it easier to move safely about in the Soite area, it is recommended that travelers use the Finentry service on www.finentry.fi already while planning a holiday or business trip. The Finentry service provides instructions for entry during the corona epidemic and through it you can book an appointment for corona testing within Soite. We ask all travelers to primarily use the Finentry system when booking a corona test prior to arrival from abroad.
Please note that when you arrive in Finland from a so-called low-risk country, you do not need to have a certificate or undergo a COVID-19 test. Countries with low corona risk currently include Australia, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, China, Macao, Poland, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Taiwan, New Zealand and the Vatican, as well as in Norway the municipalities Sør-Varanger, Karasjok, Kåfjord, Kaivuono, Kautokeino , Storfjord, Nordreisa, Tana and Nesseby municipalities. Always check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or THL for an updated list of low-risk countries before you travel.