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The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom has decided that the suspension of direct passenger flights from the U.K., Ireland and South Africa to Finland be continued until January 25, 2021.

Due to the decision, many travelers find that returning to Finland is even more difficult than before or may be prevented altogether.

Finnish missions abroad and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Helsinki are monitoring the situation closely. If required, they will assist travelers to find ways to return home.

Return to Finland from the U.K., Ireland and South Africa is possible using connecting flights.

Travelers looking for alternative routes should check the entry requirements and, transit requirements in particular, including the required coronavirus 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 coronavirus test result if required, because the restrictive measures may change rapidly.

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.

Sudden changes or cancellations of air connections may cause long delays. If it is essential for you to travel, be prepared for changes.

Travelers are required to continue to be resilient and able to deal with uncertainty.

The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has only limited capabilities to assist travelers in distress abroad during the pandemic.