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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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Returning 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
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.
Staying in Finland for short-term visitors
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.
Australians visiting Finland (e.g. as tourists) for less than 90 days are covered by a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) between Australia and Finland.
We strongly recommend Australian tourists in Finland to take out private travel health insurance since the RHCA does not cover all medical costs.
Under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement, Australians visiting Finland for less than 90 days have the right to immediate necessary medical care. This includes:
- Emergency medical care
- Care for an illness or injury that can’t wait till you get home
What is covered:
- Medical care form health centres
- Nursing care from health centres
- Out-patient care from hospitals (you can go straight there or with a note from a door)
- Urgent dental care form some centres
- Prescription medicines
- Some travel costs to get medical care, a Kela office can tell you which ones
- What may not be covered
- All non-emergency medical and dental care
- Daily accommodation fees to stay in hospital
- Fees for specialist care or out-patient care
Ask staff at the hospital or doctor to treat you under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia and identify yourself with your Australian passport and Medicare card. Expired Medicare cards are not accepted.
If you are in Finland on a temporary stay, as an Australian you are entitled to receive necessary medical treatment within the Finnish public health care system . You will pay the same client fees as Finnish residents when you present a valid Australian passport. You are entitled to use the services of Finland’s private health care and can then apply for reimbursement from Kela for the costs of treatment.
For more information please visit Kela: https://www.kela.fi/web/en/centre-for-international-affair
If you end up staying for more than 90 days, Kela confirms that when it comes to COVID-19, all patients in Finland do not pay any fees no matter where they come from or which visa/residence permit they have.
- Please find more information about coronavirus in Finland:
Staying in Finland for long-term visitors
If your residence permit is about to expire but you still qualify for the permit, you can apply for an extended permit. Please make sure to apply for the extension before your permit expires. Most applications can be submitted using the online service Enter Finland at enterfinland.fi.
For more detailed instructions on how to apply, please see migri.fi/en/residence-permit-on-other-grounds. You can apply for this permit only with a paper form (OLE_MUU). The application is subject to a fee: EUR 520 for an adult, EUR 270 for a child. For more detailed instructions on how to submit the application, see the part ‘ You are in Finland and applying for a residence permit or an extended permit’ on migri.fi page.
You must have sufficient financial resources during your entire stay in Finland and during the validity of your residence permit. Read more about the income requirement. Attach documentation of your means of support to your application.
Your application should include a document explaining why you cannot return to your home country or country of permanent residence. Financial reasons, such as expensive flights, are not considered grounds for granting a residence permit. A short-term temporary residence permit can be granted only if leaving Finland is not actually possible or if it, for example, poses a serious health threat.
Read more about applying for a permit.
If you’re living in Finland as a permanent resident, have a place of domicile and your details are registered by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, you receive are entitled to receive all necessary medical treatment in the public healthcare system.
Alternatively if you are a permanent resident in Finland but do not have a place of domicile you should check your right to medical treatment with Kela: https://www.kela.fi/web/en/centre-for-international-affairs.