FinlandOfficial Name: Republic of Finland
Six months recommended
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
Two pages per stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
10,000 Euros (or equivalent)
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
10,000 Euros (or equivalent)
Embassies and Consulates
Itäinen Puistotie 14B
Telephone: +(358) 9-616-250
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(358) 9-616-250 and select 0
Fax: +(358) 9-174-681
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Finland for information on U.S.-Finland relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
Finland is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Finland for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet. Visit the Embassy of Finland website for the most current visa information.
- Students and prospective students must apply for a residence permit if you plan to study at a Finnish educational institution for more than 90 days. More detailed information is available on the Finnish Immigration Service website.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Finland.
Safety and Security
Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.
Crime: Crime remains low compared to other developed countries.
- Violent crime is rare in Finland, but sexual assaults do occur. You should remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Non-violent crimes, such as petty theft and pick-pocketing, are prevalent in Finland. Pay attention to your personal safety and avoid leaving personal possessions unattended.
- Theft or skimming of ATM/debit/credit card PINs at both ATMs and in stores has increased significantly. Be aware of your environment when using debit/credit cards, and guard your PIN numbers.
- Organized crime groups operating in the former Soviet Union and eastern Europe are present in Finland. Remain vigilant with regard to your personal security and exercise caution.
Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police by dialing 112, and contact the U.S. Embassy at + (358) 9-616-250.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
- help you find appropriate medical care
- assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
- provide a list of local attorneys
- provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States
- provide information on victim’s compensation programs in Finland
- provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
- help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
- replace a stolen or lost passport
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call us in Washington at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- See the State Department's travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts.
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Commercial and financial transactions in Finland are increasingly automated and online. Cash is almost always accepted (the currency is the euro), and most major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are very common, and many U.S.-issued bankcards are compatible with them.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
- Faith-Based Travel Information
- International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
- Human Rights Report – see country reports
- Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
- Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Finland.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Laws mandating access to buildings for persons with disabilities are generally enforced, but many older buildings remain inaccessible. Some public transportation systems are less adapted to individuals with disabilities. You should check ahead with your hotel/destination to learn more about options to accommodate disabled traveler needs before visiting Finland.
- Most forms of public transportation are accessible, but geographically-isolated areas can be especially problematic for travelers with disabilities.
- Call ahead to restaurants, museums, and other facilities to find out if they are wheel-chair accessible.
- Assistance for train travelers is available at most stations but must be requested in advance. For more information, visit the Finnish National Tourist Board’s website.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Medical facilities and staff are generally excellent and widely available for emergency services. English is commonly spoken by Finnish medical personnel. The public hospital system and many private hospitals honor foreign credit cards, but be prepared to pay cash if necessary.
- Local medical centers, clinics, or first-aid stations are located at hospitals and will provide a full range of services to tourist and temporary visitors.
- Dial 112 for emergency medical services throughout Finland.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Finland to ensure the medication is legal in Finland. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
- You may bring a 90-day supply of most personal prescription drugs with a formal doctor’s note.
- Prescribed narcotics are more restricted and may only be brought into Finland for your personal use for a maximum of 14 days and must be accompanied by a medical certificate stating why you need them.
- Finnish customs regulations prohibit you from receiving medications from abroad after having arrived in Finland. Local physicians may be reluctant to prescribe equivalent quantities or dosages. For more detailed information, please visit the Finnish National Tourist Board website or contact the Embassy of Finland.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Travel & Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety: Finland has an extensive network of highways and excellent public transportation services throughout the country. Driving in Finland is on the right side.
- A valid U.S. driver’s license may be used while visiting Finland, but drivers must be at least 18 years of age.
- Traffic approaching from the right has priority, even if entering a primary roadway from a secondary one; as such, stop signs are rarely used in Finland.
- It is common practice in Finland, including in large cities, to turn off traffic lights at certain intersections in the early morning hours.
- Some roads in Helsinki designated as two-way are narrow, making passing difficult. Road signs use standard international symbols and Finnish text.
- Many urban streets have traffic lanes reserved for public transportation only.
Winter driving in Finland can be hazardous. Daylight hours are very short and drivers should be comfortable driving in darkness.
- Icy road conditions are common.
- Your vehicle must have snow tires from December through February. Engine heaters are strongly recommended.
- When driving at night, drivers must be alert to moose wandering onto major roadways. Striking a moose can severely damage a vehicle and even fatally injure its occupants.
- If you are in a car accident, you must have your insurance paperwork with you.
Traffic Laws: Unless otherwise noted on traffic signs, the speed limit varies from 30 to 40 km/h in urban areas, 80 km/h on open roads, and 120 km/h on expressways during summer (100 km/h in winter).
- Vehicles must use headlights at all times.
- Use of seatbelts is mandatory for drivers and all passengers.
- Children under 135 cm (approximately 53 inches) in height must be seated in approved child or booster seats or use appropriate safety equipment as stated on the Finnish Police website and the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications fact sheets.
- Drunk driving laws are strict.
- Police strictly enforce all traffic laws and institute random roadside breath-analyzer tests. Drivers who register a 0.05% or higher blood-alcohol content are subject to immediate arrest. For more information, please review the Finnish Police website.
Public Transportation: Public transportation in Finland is of good quality and is the recommended method of travel.
- Passenger trains, intercity buses, and air flights provide regular service over longer distances.
- Public transportation in urban centers, includes buses, subways, trams, suburban trains, and taxis.
- Taxis are more expensive than in major U.S. cities.
- Most local residents use public transport in Helsinki as parking is expensive and can be hard to find. The bus, train, and subway systems are safe and easy to use.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Finland’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Finland’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Finland should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website (https://homeport.uscg.mil), and the NGA broadcast warnings website https://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal (select “broadcast warnings”).