Finland: Travel Health Information

Finland is well known for its diverse landscapes - from Helsinki, nicknamed the ‘city of architecture’, to the northern lights, commonly seen in the Arctic Lapland province. Finland is also home to world-class skiing, national parks, and the famous Suomenlinna sea-fortress.


The standards for patient care and medical services in Finland may differ from your home country. Finland has a public health sector and a small private sector. Both provide a high standard of care. It is common for doctors and nurses to speak English.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Finland typically require upfront payment in cash or credit card, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Finland.

Finland generally has a pharmacy in every town, including rural areas which are serviced by pharmacy service-points. Prescriptions for medications must be obtained from a doctor and prescription drugs cannot be purchased without one. All pharmacists are trained and licensed.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Finland’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Finland’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Finland are very well maintained but weather conditions can create hazards for drivers. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers at all times. Cycling is popular in Finland for locals and tourists alike and a helmet is required.

Travelling to Finland?

Before you go, check the list of vaccines and relevant health risks for Finland. For personalized advice, check out our Travel Health Planner to get health information that’s tailored to all the destinations on your itinerary:

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Finland At A Glance

Capital: Helsinki

Population: 5.5 million

Official languages: Finnish & Swedish

Time zone: Eastern European Time (EET), Eastern European Summer Time (EEST)

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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