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Finland Travel Rules For Uk Visitors Entering The Country

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EU nation to extend Covid entry restrictions for travellers from Covid-19 vaccination, recovery from the virus, or a negative Covid-19 test result to enter the country.

According to SchengenVisaInfo, restrictions in Finland were due to expire on June 5. However, it was decided to extend them up to June 30.

The spokesperson for the Finnish Ministry stated that anyone arriving from outside of the EU or Schengen area must have a valid certificate for full vaccinations and for coronary disease less than six months ago. However, there are some exceptions. 

These rules are applicable to all travellers to third countries aged 16 or older.

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For Uk Citizens Who Are Visiting Finland, Covid-19 Travel Requirements

The UK government has confirmed that the current rules in Finland for those who travel to Finland on a full “British Citizen” passport are valid for most types of travel.

Finland’s authorities set and enforce entry regulations.

If you have been fully vaccinated

  • Finland allows you to enter without the need for an essential or compassionate reason.
  • You will need to show proof of vaccination.
  • Boosted: If you have had a booster, you are fully vaccinated to enter Finland. Booster jabs have no expiry dates.
  • To be considered fully vaccinated, you must have had at least seven days between the last dose and the second one.
  • Persons who are unable to provide the above certificates could be subjected to coronavirus testing upon arrival in Finland.

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 If you’re not fully vaccinated  

  •  Finland will not allow you to enter unless you can prove that there is an important or compassionate reason. This does not include tourism.
  • You will be fully vaccinated if you have had one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and you are now completely healthy. Follow the instructions above to ensure you follow them.

Children and young people

  • Young people born in 2006 or earlier are exempt from Finland’s Covid-19 entry requirements, and they do not need to provide proof of vaccination or take a Covid-19 test if they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult guardian.

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Before You Travel, Make Sure To Check Your Passport And Other Travel Documents.

Passport validity

You must comply with the Schengen Area passport requirements if you plan to travel to any EU country (except Ireland), Switzerland, Norway or Iceland, Liechtenstein or Andorra, Monaco or San Marino.

Your passport must contain:

  • Issued less than 10 years prior to the date you enter the country. (Check the “date of issue”).
  • Valid for at least three months from the day you intend to leave (check the “expiry date”)

Before you travel, ensure that your passport meets all requirements. Extra months could have been added to your passport’s expiry date if it was issued prior to October 2018.

If you feel your passport doesn’t meet these requirements, contact the Embassy of the country where you are visiting. If you are required to renew your passport

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Visas

Travel to the Schengen region can be made for as little as 90 days within a 180-day period. You don’t need a visa. You can travel to the Schengen area as a tourist or to visit your family and friends.

You can travel to Finland or other Schengen countries with no visa if you do not have a visa. Your 90-day limit does not apply to visits made within the last 180 days.

You will need to meet the entry requirements of Finland’s government to stay longer, work, study, or do business. You can check with the Finnish Embassy to see what visa or work permit you might need.

You are travelling to Finland for work. Please refer to the guidance regarding visas and permits.

You can stay in Finland without a visa if you have a residence permit, long-stay visa or other visas. This does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.

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Passport stamping

If you are visiting Finland, check that your passport has been stamped. To verify that you are complying with the 90-day visa-free limit for short stays in Schengen, border guards will stamp your passport. Border guards will assume that you have exceeded your visa-free period if the relevant entry and exit stamps are missing from your passport.

If you have evidence that shows when and where you entered the Schengen region, ask border guards for this information to be added to your passport. Tickets and boarding passes are examples of acceptable evidence.

It may be necessary to:

  • Show a return ticket or onward ticket
  • Show that you have enough money to pay for your stay

For passport stamping information, if you’re a Finnish resident, please refer to the Living In Finland guide.

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Travelling with children

You can enter Finland with a minor accompanied by an adult other than their legal guardian (such as grandparents). However, you are advised to have a free-form consent letter from your legal guardian(s), including their contact information.

For any further questions about entering Finland, contact the Finnish Border Guard on their helpline (+358 295 420 100), which is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm Finnish time (GMT +2).

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Finland’s Top Places To See

Although Finland is not technically part of Scandinavia, it shares many of the same characteristics as neighbouring countries. Finland is known for its beautiful scenery and unspoiled nature. It also has a modern, liberal political system. The Northern Lights can often be seen in Finland’s northernmost region in winter. In summer, Finns enjoy going to their summer cottages for swimming, fishing, and barbecuing, but most importantly, the sauna.

While it is easy to visit Finland and head to Helsinki for the main attraction, your itinerary should include other places beyond the capital. This list includes everything from small towns to natural wonders.

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Helsinki

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a popular destination. If Helsinki looks a lot like St. Petersburg, It is because Helsinki is a lot like St. Petersburg. The many churches that makeup Helsinki are some of the most popular attractions. These include the Lutheran Cathedral and the Church in the Rock. It is worth visiting the stadium, which was the Olympic site in 1952, and the art deco architecture at the Parliament House. There are many excellent museums and galleries in Helsinki. However, the National Museum of Finland is one of the most important. It does an amazing job of documenting Finnish history.

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna, a small city located in the heart of Finnish Lakeland, is worth a visit. The area’s most popular attraction is Olavinlinna (or St. Olaf’s Castle), which is located in the middle of Lake Saimaa. It was built in the 15th century. The castle, despite its location being not strategically or politically significant for centuries, has survived the test of time and is still largely intact. You should also visit the Savonlinna Orthodox Museum, the Savonlinna Province Museum, and Kerimaki, which is home to the largest wooden church in the world. You can find a variety of local dishes, such as muikku (or herring dish) on the market square in Savonlinna.

Porvoo

Porvoo is the second-oldest Finnish town. It is known for its charming and unique wooden homes. You can still see landmarks from the 13th century as you walk through Old Porvoo’s cobblestone streets. However, much of the wooden architecture was built at the end of the 19th century. You can also spend your time in Porvoo exploring the Porvoo Cathedral in the 11th century, the Porvoo Museum’s local art and heritage, and enjoying delicious local pastries at Brunberg, a famous business in the city.

Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi, the gateway to Lapland’s beauty, is where you should go if you want to see it all. Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland, was destroyed by the Second World War. Many of the buildings are mid-century modernist and brutalist. Rovaniemi has many wonderful attractions. But the highlight is without a doubt that it is Santa Claus’ official Finnish home. Santa Claus Village can be toured by visitors. Santa Claus Post Office stamps can also be obtained. Visitors can even visit the underground Santa-themed amusement park. The Korundi House of Culture and Pilke Science Centre are the only non-Christmas attractions found in Rovaniemi. Also, there’s the Jatkankyntila Bridge, an engineering marvel known as Jatkankyntila Bridge.

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Finnish Lakeland

Finnish Lakeland, as the name implies, is an area in Finland that is rich in lakes. There are approximately 55,000 lakes that are at most 200m (660ft) wide. It is located in central and eastern Finland and is bordered by the breathtaking Salpausselka Ridges and the Russian border. Lake Saimaa is the largest lake in the area. You can swim, boat, or simply hike around the perimeter to take in the stunning views. You can also visit the university town Jyvaskyla and the mediaeval St. Olaf’s Castle while in Finnish Lakeland.

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Aland Archipelago

The Aland Archipelago is a group of islands located in the Baltic Sea. Although technically they do belong to Finland, the islands operate relatively independently. This is the only part of Finland where you will hear more people speak Swedish than Finnish, which is unusual. Ferries transport visitors between the Aland Islands. You can visit attractions such as the Pommern ship museum, Aland Maritime Museum and Kastelholm castle from the 14th-century. There are also miles of breathtaking hiking trails. The archipelago’s culinary speciality is a pancake with stewed plums and cream.

Returning To The Uk

The UK passenger locator is not required before you can travel. And, you don’t need to take any COVID-19 test or quarantine upon your arrival in England.  

 

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