Instructions for voters during COVID-19

Please follow these instructions at the polling station

  • Keep sufficient physical distance from others.
  • Keep your hands clean. Use hand sanitiser.
  • If possible, wear a face mask or a visor at the polling station. 
  • If you want, you can bring your own pen to the polling station.
  • If you have respiratory symptoms, wait until you recover before voting in advance.

Do this if you are in quarantine or isolation or if you have respiratory symptoms

Special measures have been planned to enable voters who are in quarantine or isolation and voters having respiratory symptoms to vote. The applicable measures depend on whether the voter is ill during the advance voting period or on election day. The measures may also vary from one municipality to another. Follow the information provided by your municipality.

During the advance voting period 

If you have respiratory symptoms, wait until you recover before voting in advance. Respiratory symptoms will usually last around one week.

If a doctor has placed you in quarantine or isolation, do not go to the advance polling station. You must wait until the quarantine or isolation ends before voting.

On election day 

If you have respiratory symptoms, are in self-isolation, or are in quarantine or isolation ordered by a doctor on election day, follow the instructions provided at the polling station. In these cases, voting must be conducted without contact with other people and you must wear a face mask for the entire time you are at the polling station.

If you know that you will be in quarantine or isolation ordered by a doctor on election day, do not go inside the polling station but contact the election authorities of your municipality to ask about your possibilities to vote outdoors. A person placed in quarantine or isolation by a doctor must not leave their home to go to a polling station if this cannot be done without contact with other people. If you have strong symptoms, take care of your health and that of others by staying home.

See also: Frequently asked questions about the 2022 county elections

The 2022 county elections are the second elections to be held in Finland during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the 2021 municipal elections, a variety of special arrangements were made at the polling stations to ensure safe voting despite the COVID-19 situation. 

The health security measures for the county elections are based on the experiences gained from the municipal elections. The Ministry of Justice and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) will take the development of the epidemic into account in the practical election arrangements. Despite the high number of infections, the situation is different from the situation prevailing during the municipal elections last spring. The county elections will be held in January 2022, when all eligible voters will have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, if they have chosen to. Vaccines provide effective protection especially against the most serious forms of COVID-19. According to the assessment of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, voting is a low-risk activity.

The county elections will be held with the arrangements required by the epidemiological situation. The Ministry of Justice and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare have drawn up guidelines for municipalities on the safe conduct of elections during COVID-19. If the local health authorities issue stricter instructions, they should be observed instead of the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Justice and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

Up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation is available on the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL): Assessment of the risk associated with the coronavirus of events and gatherings (in Finnish)