In Finland, the coronavirus epidemic affects everyday life in many ways. Finnish authorities have released useful information on the topic in different languages.
Restrictions and recommendations during the coronavirus epidemic
Restrictions and recommendations in your own area
Vaccine against COVID-19
The vaccine against the coronavirus will protect you from severe coronavirus disease.
The vaccine has been carefully tested on tens of thousands of people, and the authorities have assessed that it is safe and effective enough.
Follow the information provided by your municipality on when you can receive the vaccine. Your municipality will inform you where and how you can get the vaccine. The vaccine will not cost you anything.
The website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) provides more detailed information about coronavirus vaccination.
Information about the COVID-19 vaccination
Vaccines and COVID-19
Organisation of COVID-19 vaccinations in Finland
Video: The COVID-19 vaccination is safe
Wear a face mask
Wear a mask when:
- travelling by bus, train, metro or tram;
- moving around in public indoor spaces, shops, pharmacies, libraries, and other places where there are other people;
- you go get tested for coronavirus; or
- if you have just arrived in Finland from abroad and are on your way to quarantine.
Follow the more detailed instructions on mask use given by the authorities of your own region. The key thing is to keep a safe distance of over 2 metres from others and wash your hands often. If you have any symptoms, stay at home.
Wear a face mask
Requirement for face masks on the train
Video: How to wear a face mask
If you are diagnosed with an infection, you can report it to the app anonymously. The app also notifies you in case you have been in contact with an infected person.
If you have received an exposure notification to your Koronavilkku app, immediately contact your municipality’s health care and get tested.
The Koronavilkku is safe to use. The Koronavilkku app is provided by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) for use within Finland.
You can download the app free of charge on the Koronavilkku.fi/en website.
The app is available in Finnish, Swedish and English.
There are two types of quarantine: self-quarantine and official quarantine.
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) recommends that you remain in quarantine for 14 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. Also remain in quarantine if you are waiting for the result of a COVID-19 test.
Instructions for travellers and employees arriving in Finland
A physician will order you to be quarantined if you have been exposed to COVID-19. This order must be followed. You must remain in quarantine even if you do not have any symptoms. The length of the quarantine is usually 14 days. You cannot shorten official quarantine by taking a COVID-19 test. You may be entitled to receive sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease. Read more on the page Financial problems.
What should I do when I am quarantined?
When you are in self-quarantine or in official quarantine, do not meet with people who do not live in the same household as you.
During the quarantine period, stay at home. You can go outside if you do not go near other people. You may not go, for example, to your workplace, school, day-care centre, hobbies, shops, pharmacy, church or mosque, because close contact is difficult to avoid in these places. You are not allowed to attend any gatherings.
You can ask, for example, your friends or relatives to help you with your groceries or pharmacy shopping. You can order food from an online store. You can also ask the social services of your municipality of residence for help.
If you experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19, get tested.
If you fall ill with COVID-19, a communicable disease control physician will order you to be isolated. The physician will tell you how long your isolation will last. You will also receive other instructions. Try to avoid contact with your family members as well.
Quarantine and isolation instructions
Border traffic in Finland is being restricted. Many countries still have quarantine provisions in place. You must follow them.
New entry restrictions
Instructions for border crossing Finnish
Travel guidelines in the COVID-19 situation
In Finland, you can get help and advice with financial matters if you have money problems. If you or your under 16-year-old child have/has been quarantined or ordered to isolate your/him/herself and you therefore cannot go to work, you may be entitled to Kela’s communicable disease allowance.
Current news on the corona situation
Impact of the corona situation on Kela benefits
How to handle Kela business at home
Current information on coronavirus
Children and coronavirus
Instructions for coronavirus patients returning home from the hospital
Information on coronavirus in different languages
Do a symptom assessment if you suspect coronavirus
Current information on coronavirus
Multilingual telephone services in the coronavirus situation
Work and Enterprise
Effects of coronavirus on businesses and jobs
Instructions for restaurants
Support for entrepreneurs
Mobility of labour
Rights of employees in the corona situation
Effects of coronavirus on work
TE services in the corona situation
Instructions for workplaces
Effects of coronavirus
Coronavirus and applying for education and training
Information about Finland
Information on coronavirus
Frequently asked questions about the effects of coronavirus
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Materials by different municipalities on coronavirus