(23 Apr 2021)
Finnair will start accepting a COVID19 vaccination
certificate from the first vaccination dose as an alternative to a
negative test result or a certificate of a previous COVID19
infection, on flights to Finland from 11 May 2021.
Since late January, Finnair has
required that all passengers travelling to Finland – excluding
transfer passengers – present either a negative test certificate
or an immunity/recovery certificate as a prerequisite for
In addition, from 11 May, children under the age
of 16 will no longer be required to present a health certificate,
but Finnair recommends children between 12 and 15 years of age
arrive with proof of a negative test result. This is to speed up
the arrival procedure at Helsinki Airport, where passengers with a
negative test result are exempt from testing on arrival.
“Vaccines have proven their power in fighting the
pandemic, and vaccination certificates will play a key role in the
upcoming EU Digital Green Certificate to ensure the health and
safety of travellers,” said Kimmo Ketola, Medical Director at
Finnair. “The likelihood of a vaccinated person being infected and
transmitting COVID19 is very small.”
Finnair will accept vaccination certificates for
all COVID19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organisation or
the European Medical Agency.
The vaccine needs to be administered at least 21
days before the travel date. The certificate needs to include the
customer’s name, date of birth, the name of the vaccine producer,
the time and place the vaccine was administered, as well as the
issuer of the certificate.
As an alternative to the vaccination certificate,
customers can present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or
a certificate of a previous COVID19 infection.
Many countries have their own requirements for
pre-departure testing or vaccination certificates, so travellers
are advised to refer to their local authority’s website prior to
departure, to ensure smooth entry.
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