Passport and personal identification

You will receive medically necessary treatment within Finnish public healthcare during temporary residence in Finland when you present a passport from another Nordic country, the United Kingdom or Australia to the provider of the treatment. The passport must be valid at the time when the treatment is given. Moreover, your permanent address must be located in another Nordic country, the United Kingdom or Australia.


A citizen of another country who is permanently living in another Nordic country or Australia can also use a passport from another country to prove their right to treatment. The passport of a person coming from Australia must indicate unlimited right of residence in Australia. Furthermore, their permanent address of residence must be in Australia or another Nordic country.

If you are a permanent resident of the Channel Islands of the United Kingdom (Man, Guernsey, Alderney, Herm, Jethou, Sark and Jersey), you are not entitled to medically necessary care during temporary residence in Finland since the islands are not part of the European Union. Therefore, a passport from the Channel Islands cannot be used to demonstrate the right to treatment in Finland.

Identity card as a certificate of entitlement to treatment

If you are a permanent resident in another Nordic country, you can also demonstrate your right to medically necessary care during your temporary residence in Finland by using an identity card that is approved in your country of domicile. You will receive treatment for the same customer fee as the residents of Finland when you present one of the following to the treatment provider, for example:

  • A driver’s licence that conforms to the EU standards
  • A card issued by the tax authority
  • A cash card with a photo
  • A health insurance card.