We have been to Lapland (Rovaniemi- Finland) twice and are still cautiously optimistic about our trip at the end of January 2021. My post on diy Lapland still gets huge traffic as does my dressing for Lapland post. I get a lot of DMs and emails asking whether I think we will be able to travel this Winter season and the truth is none of us really know. It’s a constantly evolving situation and can be difficult to keep on top of the changing situation. As it stands (end September 2020) I have set out what the current situation is looking like. I will do my best to keep it updated as time goes on but please always rely on the official advice. I will set out the key websites below.
Finland Travel restrictions
Post November 23rd
- If your home country has less than 25 cases per 100,000 you can travel with no restrictions.
- Greater than 25 cases the following are the key parameters:
- If your visit is less than 72 hours you can travel with proof of negative test which itself is no older than 72 hours.
- If your visit it more than 72 hours the above applies plus you will need a second test locally after 72 hours and self quarantine until you get the results. The logistics around this are still being firmed up but this is the indicative guideline at the moment.
Useful websites for updates
- Practical information for travelers to Finland during covid
- Finnish Border Guard instructions for entry to Finland
- Latest updates from Finnish government
- Visit Rovaniemi Covid updates
Don’t forget its also important to pay attention to your home country guidelines on travel back home.
I have linked our 2019 visit post with some more tips and advice. If this year is a non runner for whatever reason remember there are some fantastic alternatives closer to home such as the Polar Express Train Ride.
Note: Information is my interpretation as at 26 September 2020. This situation is constantly evolving so always check official sources.