Persons without a municipality of residence in Finland may be entitled to free COVID-19 testing, vaccination and treatment
Even you are not registered as a resident of any Finnish municipality, you can visit a public health provider for COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccination, usually without charge.
You have the right to visit a public health provider for free COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccination
- if you are a registered resident of a Finnish municipality
- if you are not a registered resident of a Finnish municipality but you have a certificate of entitlement to healthcare:
- persons from another EU or EEA country, from Switzerland or from Great Britain or Northern Ireland can get treatment by showing their European Health Insurance Card.
- Finnish pensioners living abroad can get treatment by presenting a European Health Insurance Card for pensioners issued by Kela.
- Persons from the Nordic countries do not necessarily need a European Health Insurance Card, because they can obtain treatment also by presenting a valid passport or other official ID.
- Persons from Australia get treatment by showing their passport.
- if you are entitled to a Kela-issued document titled Certificate of entitlement to medical care in Finland (for example because you are employed in Finland)
- you are not registered as a resident of any Finnish municipality and do not have a residence permit, but you are travelling in Finland.
The new section 13 of the Act on Client Charges in Healthcare and Social Welfare entered into effect on 1 July 2021. Under section 13, no client fee is charged in the following cases:
- vaccinations as specified in section 44, section 45, subsection 1, and section 47 of the Act on Communicable Diseases, including vaccinations for COVID-19
- tests and examinations carried out to prevent the spread of a generally hazardous communicable disease and urgent care as referred to in section 50 of the Health Care Act, and pharmaceuticals prescribed for the treatment of a generally hazardous communicable disease
- HIV testing, treatment and prescription medication in pregnancy.
However, the new section does not apply to persons whose residence in Finland is intended to be temporary and who are compensated for their costs under some other Act or an insurance policy.
In situations other than those described above, you must pay for COVID-19 treatment, testing and vaccination just like for any other treatment you get from a public health provider, in which case you may be charged the full cost.
Some municipalities may decide to make free COVID-19 treatment more widely available. You may wish to contact the municipal authorities to find out who are eligible for free COVID-19 treatment.
Additional information for customers:
- Kela’s Centre for International Affairs, customer service number: 020 634 0200 (when calling from abroad +358 20 634 0200), Monday to Friday 10‒15
- Frequently asked questions about the coronavirus situation