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Australian Ambassador H.E. Mr Bernard Philip

FAQs: Living in Finland during COVID-19


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Finland: COVID-19 Visa, Healthcare and Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some frequently asked questions about living in Finland during COVID-19, below.

Updated at 6 May 2020

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Important information for Australians in Finland seeking to return to Australia

Don’t delay making plans. Changes to flight schedules are happening with little notice. Contact your airline or travel agent as soon as possible.

We recommend that if you are overseas and wish to return to Australia, that you should do so as soon as possible. The decision to come home or to stay where you are is yours. Every individual will need to consider their own circumstances. Be informed and stay safe.

Please contact us for advice and assistance by calling: 46 8 613 2900, or emailing: [email protected].


Transiting through Finland  

All Australians can transit through Finland

We are doing our best to provide you with accurate and timely advice on our social media pages, but governments around the world are introducing new measures and restrictions with little or no notice.

For those transiting through Finland:

  • No matter where you are travelling from, you will 𝙣𝙤𝙩 be allowed to leave the transit area at Helsinki Airport. Unfortunately, this means you will not be able to access airport hotels, even if you are transiting overnight.
    • However, Helsinki Airport staff do have the authority to issue exemptions, on a case-by-case basis. For example, if you are elderly or travelling with young children, you may request access to airport hotel on arrival. There are no guarantees.
  • Helsinki Airport advises travellers to carry any essential medication and foodstuffs in your carry-on, as you will not have the opportunity to access your luggage whilst transiting. Currently there is also only one shop and pharmacy open.
  • For those entering Finland via vehicle in order to reach Helsinki Airport, you will need to show the Finnish Harbour Border Security your departing flight tickets. The Harbour Border Security will allow you entry on the basis that you drive directly to Helsinki Airport for your departing flight. You are not permitted to go anywhere but straight to the Airport once you cross the border.



Questions regarding the possibility of extending stay in Finland due to cancelled flights etc.

Important information for Australian short-term travellers (e.g. tourists) from the Finnish Migration Agency:

If you are in in Finland on a temporary visa and cannot leave before your visa expires, you should contact the local police department in your area. Visa extensions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. 

At this moment, it is not possible to get a temporary residence permit in Finland. The Finnish Immigration Service can, however, consider granting you a short-term temporary residence permit if your residence permit or visa-free stay is about to expire.

For more information, visit the Finnish Immigration Service’s homepage here: Read more about applying for a permit