Do you remember before the pandemic when travel was virtually unrestricted from the UK to the rest of the world? Unless there was some form of political unrest a localised outbreak of a serious disease or virus or another reason, you could go just about anywhere. It is, after all, one of the reasons why people love emigrating to the UK.
After the pandemic, and while we are still dealing with the fallout from it and trying to fight to keep the numbers of those infected down, things have changed a lot. For starters, it was the first time in a long while that there was a government-imposed lockdown on the whole country. Even after that was lifted and with the many different tiers and levels, based systems used, travelling outside the country were monitored and managed carefully and cautiously.
It makes sense, even with the rollout of the vaccine going so well, as the virus is not going away and various variants being a real cause for concern too. Are you planning on travelling to Finland this year? IF you are, then the following post will be helpful as we look at the requirements and any restrictions that are currently in place at the time of publication.
Can You Travel To Finland?
There are still regular flights between the UK and Finland, so you may conclude that it is completely fine to travel there. As long as you are a UK national who has residency in the UK, you are allowed to travel to Finland. If you are a non-resident British national, however, you can’t travel to Finland, unless your reasons for travelling meet a very small list of compassionate or essential reasons and you can prove this with documented evidence.
Do You Need to Submit a Negative Covid-19 Test When Entering Finland?
Interestingly, if you fly to Finland, you do not necessarily have to have evidence of obtaining a negative result from a PCR Covid-19 test. However, without it, you will need to quarantine for 14 days.
The best way to avoid having to quarantine, as 14 days of quarantine may not be practical if you are going to Finland for a holiday, then you need to take two Covid-19 tests. One within 72 hours before you depart on a flight to Finland and a second within 72 hours of having the first one.
Are There Any Specific Travel Documents You Need to Travel to Finland?
Aside from a UK passport and your Finland Fit to Fly Certificate that shows evidence of a negative Cvoid-19 test, there is no other documentation you need to fill out or obtain before heading to Finland.
Where Can You Get a Covid-19 Fit to Fly Certificate For Travelling to Finland?
Although the NHS offers Covid-19 tests, they only do this for people who believe they may have the virus or who are have notable symptoms of coronavirus. You cannot get an NHS PCR test to travel to Finland. There are, however, many different companies and institutions around now that offer Covid-19. So many, in fact, that you may find it overwhelming trying to choose the right one.
To help, we have a guide that you can use to whittle down the selection to the right one for your needs.
First and foremost, you should only consider getting a Covid-19 test from a reputable organisation. You can tell whether or not they are reputable if they have the backing of the government and if their facilities, including the testing centre and associated laboratory, are UKAS accredited. If not, we would advise you to avoid or proceed with caution.
The next thing you want to check is that they are run efficiently and effectively by health care professionals. At Pure Testing, for instance, all the staff responsible for Covid-19 tests are not only experienced and fully qualified healthcare professionals but have undergone the necessary training to qualify them to administer Cvoid-19 tests and safely collect the samples, to ensure the results are accurate.
A further reason to choose Pure Testing is that their prices are very reasonable, and they can offer tests and results within a fast timeframe.