On Thursday 19 March, the Finnish Government decided to effectively end cross-border commuting between Estonia and Finland. The decision impacts those people whose permanent residence is in Estonia, but who work in Finland. These individuals will not be able to enter Finland from Sunday 22 March at 00:00.
The Finnish border can still be crossed by those who have a registered residence permit in Finland, but a 14-day self-isolation requirement will be imposed on such people upon entry into Finland.
From 22.03 at 00:00 only individuals who have a registered residence permit in Finland will be allowed to enter Finland.
- *In Finland there is a general requirement for everyone to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Finland from abroad, which people must adhere to by themselves and must agree with their employers.
- *An EU citizen living in Finland is a person who has registered their right to reside in Finland with the Finnish Migration Board and has received an EU certificate of registration proving their right of residence. If you have any doubts regarding your right of residence, you can contact the Finnish Migration Board (https://migri.fi/etusivu).
The exceptions are:
Necessary cross-border work traffic and other necessary traffic is permitted (among others) for:
- Healthcare and rescue service professionals/personnel, health researchers, and elderly care professionals
- Transport personnel and other transport staff to the extent necessary
- Persons who have to travel due to urgent family matters
- Other necessary and justified traffic. For example, other necessary traffic would be maintenance work, that requires maintenance team or a person arriving from another country and this work cannot be postponed
- *The burden of proof on the border relies on the individual travelling and the final decision regarding entry into the country will be made by the Finnish border guard.
Movement of goods:
- Large heavy goods vehicles are permitted (there is a separate border crossing corridor in place at the port for such vehicles, as usual).
- Vans will be directed into the same border crossing corridor with cars and will be considered as normal travellers. If a van is carrying cargo, it has to be able to prove to the border officials that it is transporting goods and be able to present a waybill or other documents from a Finnish partner.
- Transit through Finland is still permitted. Travelling to Norway from Estonia via Finland, for example, is allowed providing that the person has the right of residence in Norway.
Up until 21.03 at 23:59 cross-border workers may enter Finland:
- Cross-border workers are individuals whose permanent residence is in Estonia, but who have an employment contract in Finland and who do not have a registered right of residence in Finland. Such individuals must prove, when crossing the border, that they have a valid employment contract for working in Finland.
- *The self-isolation requirement will not be imposed on cross-border workers. However, a cross-border worker may enter Estonia only once during a 7-day period.