Finnair from today will accept proof of vaccination instead of a negative Covid-19 test for those traveling to Finland.
Finnair has followed THL guidelines and required passengers whose destination is Finland to have a negative Covid-19 test, although this is not mandated by law. Other airlines, such as Lufthansa, have not required one.
You can access Finnair’s page for Travel information here.
Passengers, who are eligible to enter Finland, can now fly on Finnair without a negative Covid-19 test as long as they can produce proof of vaccination (at least the first jab).
There are quite a few requirements for the allowed certificates, so make sure that yours is valid.
Here are the details from Finnair:
As of 11 May 2021, we accept a coronavirus vaccination certificate for all coronavirus vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the European Medical Agency (EMA). You need to have received the vaccination latest 21 days before the travel date.
One dose of vaccine is sufficient for the certificate. It is strongly recommended that the certificate is in English, however we can also accept certificates in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Estonian or Swedish if you start your Finnair journey from these countries or from a country in which one of these is an official language (e.g., French in Belgium). Other languages than the previously mentioned eight, are not accepted, as the Finnish Health Authorities must be able to understand the certificate on arrival in Helsinki. Certificates in Finnish cannot be accepted when travelling to Finland from abroad, as the check-in/gate agent will not be able to understand the text. However, we accept a screenshot of your coronavirus vaccine information page in Finnish or Swedish from the Finnish Omakanta healthcare system.
- The vaccination certificate must contain your full name (as in your travel document), date of birth, name of the disease vaccinated against (COVID-19), date, time and place of vaccination, the name of the vaccine brand and the party (company) issuing the certificate.
- If the public health service provider in your country does not include the date of birth in the vaccination certificate is issued, your certificate can still be accepted for travel to Finland, provided your full name on the certificate matches with your travel document and the details of the vaccination are included (name of vaccine and date of administration). This exception applies, for example, to the vaccination card issued by NHS in the UK and the Finnish Omakanta record.
- A WHO International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis – yellow covered booklet is accepted only if it, in addition to your personal details and information on the vaccine used and the date when it was given, includes the stamp of the medical facility and the signature and title of the medical staff who administered the vaccination.
These arriving passengers still need to go through the risk assessment upon arrival to Helsinki, don’t apply to transit passengers, and may need to take a free Covid-19 test.
The “proof” of vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine that I received from the healthcare unit doesn’t even include my name and is obviously in Finnish.
I did, however, requested this information included in my Yellow Fever booklet. Still, it appears that it is not per Finnair’s requirements because it is missing the title of the person who administered the jab.
The vaccination information should be on the centralized Finnish system in due course, as is all healthcare-related events since the early 2000s.