From 8th June, ferry operators now accept a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine certificate or certificate of a negative COVID-19 test for passengers arriving in Finland.
Since February, shipping companies have required a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery from COVID-19 from all passengers travelling to Finland, as recommended by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare.
From 8th June 2021, boarding will is also allowed with a COVID-19 vaccine certificate, subject to existing entry restrictions. On the same date, the health certificate requirement was abolished for passengers under 16 years of age. However, shipping companies recommend that passengers aged 12-15 years old obtain a negative test certificate when entering Finland to smooth their entry.
The shipping companies will now accept a certificate of receiving one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organisation or the European Medicines Agency. The vaccine must be taken at least 21 days before the trip. The certificate must indicate the name of the customer, the date of birth, the name of the vaccine, the date and place of administration of the vaccine, and the issuer of the certificate.
No certificate is required for cruise passengers who have not gone ashore in another country. For the time being, a vaccine certificate, unlike a preliminary test and proof of recovery from COVID-19, does not exempt a passenger from a health check carried out by the authorities at the border.