VISA REGIME

For holders of diplomatic and official passports:

Visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days in a six-month period

For holders of national passports and other travel documents:

Visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days in a six-month period*

Note:

*Visa-free regime does not apply to holders of Serbian passports issued by the Coordination Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia

Visa is required for holders of an emergency travel document in transit

 

 

ENTRY REGIME FOR CITIZENS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Citizens of the Republic of Serbia are allowed to enter Finland only if they are holders of Finnish resident permits or if they possess proof of full vaccination (second dose must be administered at least 14 days prior to travel).
Accepted vaccines are: Pfizer-BionTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Sinopharm, CoronaVac.
Exceptions: compelling family matters (birth of one’s own child, one’s own wedding, serious illness of a close relative, visit to relatives, courting relationship), pressing personal reasons (i.e. funeral of a family member or other urgent reason for which valid proofs can be presented), ownership over a property in Finland, seasonal work or work essential for the functioning of the Finnish society or supply chain (list of critical tasks:
https://tem.fi/documents/1410877/21219682/Kriittiset_tyotehtavat_260120…,
form to justify the travel:
https://tem.fi/documents/1410877/21219682/TEM_10022021_tyonantajan_peru…).  
Upon entering the country, passengers may be directed to do a PCR test at the airport/border; refusal of testing might result in financial penalty or imprisonment for up to 3 months. Everyone entering Finland without a full vaccination proof (even those who possess negative results of the PCR or antigen test not older than 72 hours) are directed to do one more PCR test 3 to 5 days after arrival. They have to be in self-isolation until receiving the result of that test, or for 14 days, in case they do not do the test. Free testing can be booked at: https://www.finentry.fi/en/.
Transit is allowed at the airports.
Further information: https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases-and-vaccinations/what-s-new/c….
Other useful info: https://raja.fi/en/guidelines-for-border-traffic-during-pandemic.
Answers of the Finnish Border Guard (in English) to queries on the entry regime may be obtained at the phone number: +358295420100 or by sending e-mail to: rajavartiolaitos@raja.fi .

 

ENTERING AND LEAVING THE COUNTRY

Citizens of the Republic of Serbia holding a biometric passport do not need a visa to stay in Finland for up to 90 days in a six-month period. The visa-free regime does not apply to holders of travel documents issued by the Ministry of the Interior ― Coordination Directorate. A passport must be issued in the last ten years and valid minimum three months after planned departure from Finland and the Schengen area. The Finnish authorities have set additional conditions for entering the Finnish territory: possession of health insurance for the period of stay in Finland and a sufficient funds to cover the stay ― 30 euros per day. The Finnish authorities reserve the right to refuse entry to persons who pose a risk to public order, national security, public health, or Finland's relations with other countries. Entry into Finland may also be denied to persons suspected of intending to earn money on the Finnish territory in an illicit manner.

It is mandatory to declare cash if the amount exceeds 10,000 euros. When entering Finland, adult travellers who are not EU citizens may bring in (for personal use) a maximum of 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250 grams of tobacco without paying customs duties. Also, the maximum permitted quantities of alcoholic beverages that may be brought into the country by persons over 20 years of age are: 1 litre of strong alcoholic beverage (containing over 22% alcohol) or 2 litres of alcoholic beverage with up to 22% alcohol, as well as 4 litres of wine and 16 litres of beer. When entering Finland in one’s own vehicle, a maximum of 10 litres of fuel may be brought into the country without paying customs duties (in addition to the fuel already in the vehicle's tank).

When entering Finland, travellers who are not EU citizens are allowed to bring in medicines and other medical products for personal use in the amount corresponding to three months of use. At the request of the competent authorities, travellers must present proof that the medicines are intended for personal use (a doctor’s prescription or a purchase receipt). When entering Finland, travellers who are not EU citizens may bring in foodstuff in their original packaging in the amount considered reasonable for personal use, without paying duties. Bringing in meat and meat products as well as milk and dairy products from non-EU countries is prohibited. Fresh vegetables and fruit (except for bananas, pineapples, coconuts, and dates), plants and seeds may be brought into Finland with the right phytosanitary certificates.

 

SOCIAL SECURITY AGREEMENT

No social security agreement has been concluded.

 

USEFUL INFORMATION

HEALTH SITUATION — The network of public health institutions in Finland is extremely developed and of high quality. Given the high cost of health services, including the costs of emergency care interventions, it is recommended to have a travel health insurance.

If in need of emergency medical care, call the general emergency number 112. For information and medical advice in English at any time, call this number: 00 358 (0) 93 10 10 023. For emergency social services (available 24 hours a day), call this number: 00 358 (0) 20 69 60 06.

Current information on the health situation in Finland can be found on the World Health Organization website: https://www.who.int/countries/fin/.

SECURITY SITUATION — Finland is a safe country. The crime rate is low. The general emergency telephone number is 112.

TRANSPORT — Holders of a Serbian driver’s licences may operate a motor vehicle while transiting through or during a temporary stay in Finland. Persons with permanent residence may drive in Finland with their Serbian driver’s licence for one year from the date of approval of permanent residence. After that time, they must exchange their Serbian driver’s licence for a Finnish one, and re-take the driving test. Motorways are toll-free. The use of winter tyres is mandatory from 1 November through March, and car lights must be on during the day when visibility is reduced due to weather conditions.

City transport in Helsinki consists of a network of metro, bus, tram, and boat lines. It is possible to buy a single ticket, which is valid for all means of transportation for 80−110 minutes of a ride (depending on the zone), as well as daily (1−7 days) and monthly tickets. For more information, go to: www.hel.fi and https://www.hsl.fi/.

OTHER INFORMATION — The national currency is the euro. Payment cards issued by a Serbian bank are accepted and can be used to withdraw money at ATMs. It is not possible to convert dinars to euros or some other foreign currency in local exchange offices or banks.

 

Contact information:

For consular assistance and protection while in Finland, please contact the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Helsinki (address: Kulosaarentie 36, 00570 Helsinki), at the following telephone number: 00 358 (0) 96 84 85 22, or e-mail: consul@serbianembassy.fi.