The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom has decided that the suspension of direct passenger flights from the UK, Ireland and South Africa to Finland will continue for another week, until 25 January 2021.
The decision was made public by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through a press release. Due to the decision, many travellers find that returning to Finland is even more difficult than before or may be prevented altogether.
According to government information, Finnish missions abroad and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Helsinki are monitoring the situation closely. "If required, they will assist travellers to find ways to return home," the press release says.
Return to Finland from the UK, Ireland and South Africa is possible using connecting flights.
Travellers looking for alternative routes should check the entry requirements and, transit requirements in particular, including the required Covid-19 test results, from the public authorities in the country of destination and their own airline.
"In practice, it is good to get tested before travelling to be able to present a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test result if required, because the restrictive measures may change rapidly," the ministry warns.
The Finnish Embassy in London is updating information on its website and social media channels.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the situation may deteriorate abruptly and unpredictably in any country or region. Travelers must be prepared for changes.
For possible expenses caused by flight cancellation or postponement, the Finnish government recommends contacting the airline, travel organizer or insurance company.