Finland visa and travel medical insurance guide
January 04, 2019
Finland offers lots to do for everyone. If visiting in the winter season you can experience Christmas in its full beauty in Lapland. Or if you fancy visiting the country during its summer season, you can enjoy the beautiful forests, dazzling lakes and the serene seasides that Finland has to offer.
There’s a lot to get excited about when organizing your visit to Finland. To fully enjoy your adventure, make sure you give yourself peace of mind and organize your travel insurance policy as soon as possible, so you can kick back, relax and enjoy your vacation knowing that you have got all your bases covered.
Aside from finding the right cover for you, here are some other important travel tips to be aware of before you set off on your adventure:
Visa Information for Finland
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Finland?
U.S. Citizens traveling to Finland do not need a visa if they are travelling for up to 90 days for tourist or business reasons. Your U.S. passport should be valid for at least six months from the date of arrival.
Health and Medical Advice
Before jetting off on your travels, you should check for any health risks, required vaccinations and any epidemic breakouts occurring in Finland. It’s also a good idea to find out where the nearest hospital is in case of an emergency.
Do I Need to be Vaccinated When Travelling to Finland?
There are no obligatory vaccination shots for travelling to Finland, but we would highly recommend that you get protected against Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B and Rabies as well as getting your routine vaccinations updated. The standard vaccines are:
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
- Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis
Book an appointment at your local practitioner or find your local Passport health clinic. You should book an appointment, at the latest, four to six weeks before your trip, giving enough time for the vaccinations to take effect.
During damp summers, mosquitos can be an annoyance. Make sure to use mosquito repellent and cream to avoid getting any bites or infections.
Emergency Contact Information in Finland
No one ever wants to have to call the emergency services while they’re on vacation, but unfortunately, accidents happen and it’s important to be prepared for when they do.
The Emergency number in Finland is: 112
After you have called 112 the phone operator can decide if you need the police, ambulance, fire brigade or any other means of help.
Finland Local Laws and Customs
• If you get into a car accident you will need to have your insurance papers.
• Drinking and driving is a serious offence and can result in a lengthy prison sentence.
Safety and Security
The crime threat in Finland is relatively low. However, take precaution in crowded tourist areas as pickpockets can operate here.
Avoid driving in winter as the weather can be hazardous, causing icy roads. Winter (snow) tyres are a legal requirement from the 1st December to the 28th February.
U.S. Embassy in Finland
Embassy of the United States, Helsinki
Itåinen Puistotie 14 B
Useful Tips for Finland
Official Languages: Finnish and Swedish
The two most common languages spoken in Finland are: Finnish and Swedish.
Before your trip make sure to exchange enough Euro for your spending requirements and to get the best exchange rates.
Plug Sockets: Type F
Finland uses Type F plug sockets, this socket also works with plugs C and E. The standard voltage and frequency is 230V and 50 Hz. We would recommend that you buy a plug adapter if you don’t have one already.
You can determine if you need a converter or a transformer by looking at the appliance rating plate. A dual voltage rated appliance will display for example ‘INPUT: 110-240 V’ on the appliance body. In this case, you wouldn’t need a converter or transformer.
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