Fast Facts: Finland

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport, which should contain at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible.

Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel. Airlines and cruises may deny boarding and your tour may be disrupted if your visa is not in order.

For U.S. citizens booked on a tour or package with Scheduled Dates, we will send you complete visa instructions and application forms after you book.

If you hold a passport from another country, or are not booked on a tour with Scheduled Dates, you are responsible for obtaining your own visa and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

What is the weather like?

May though September is the best time to travel to Finland, with temps ranging from 59 F to 68 F, and many festivals occur. Finland's weather can be very harsh during the winter and late fall, early spring. Snow falls October through April. Take warm clothing for cool nights. For the current forecast in Finland, click here.

What is required for entry?

U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport to enter Finland.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There are no health precautions or vaccination requirements for travelers.

CDC Website link: http://www.cdc.gov/travel/westeurp.htm
WHO website link: http://www.who.int/countries/en/#72

What is the currency?

The currency in Finland is the euro. One American dollar is equal to approximately .81 euro. For updated information on the euro's exchange rates, click here.

Are tips & service charges customary?

It is appreciated but not expected. Tip 5%-10%, depending on the quality of service. Tip a couple of euros to bellhops, sauna attendants, hat checkers and door attendants.

What are the best items to shop for?

In Finland, shop for ryijy rugs and tapestries, Rauma lace, Sami hats, candles, Kalevala brooches, fabrics, Iittala crystal, Arabia china, Pentik ceramics, Nuutajarvi glassware, Finnish vodka (koskenkorva), functionalist furniture, jewelry, and local clothes.

What are the voltage requirements?

230 volts. Plugs C & F. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. Click here for more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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