Relocating to Finland from UK

When relocating to Finland from UK, you will need to take care of several formalities, most prominent of those are passing the customs and registering your stay.


Although Britain is not a member of the Schengen area, and therefore customs formalities apply, because we are members of the EU, there is little of consequence to concern the average Briton relocating to Finland.

Currency — there are no restrictions. Free import of goods bought from the EU with no restrictions on the amount of tobacco. Some limits to the amount of alcohol you can bring in. Medicines for personal use only, and narcotics only with special permission from the Finnish authorities. There is also no limit on the following food items, provided they are brought in for the traveller’s own consumption: meat, meat-products, fish, fish-products, milk, milk-products and egg-products from an EU Member State. You need a permit for firearms from the police in the UK.

Registering Essentials

To register your right of residence, you will need:

  • An EU registration form Poliisi
  • ID card or passport
  • Confirmation of employment or information on means of support


Relocating to Finland from UK


After 5 years you may apply for permanent residence. Permanent residence provides a formal basis for acquiring Finnish ID card. For wich you can apply in the local police office. To successfully receive you ID you will need a couple documents, namely:

  • Recent passport type photo
  • Proof of identity

Kela is the provider of social security benefits for all residents of Finland. As a permanent resident you will qualify for Kela, without the need for a residence permit. You need to apply online or with form Y77. At this time, Kela is testing a new type of customer service using video conferencing for English-speaking customers, service especially usefull to British nationals relocating to Finland from UK.

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