Information for private persons
This page contains information on the import of plants and plant products from non-EU countries for private use. The instructions apply to the import of small quantities for private use as a private person, both as a passenger and, for instance, when ordering plants. The instructions on this page do not apply to imports for professional cultivation purposes or other business purposes, even if the imported amounts are small.
Begin by familiarising yourself with the terms and conditions of import
When planning the import of plants and plant products, you must first find out whether the import of the product in question is permitted and whether a phytosanitary certificate is required. Import prohibitions and certificate requirements are listed under import instructions. Import prohibitions and requirements are in place to prevent harmful plant diseases and pests from spreading to Finland alongside imported plants.
If no import prohibition or certificate requirement is in place, import is permitted and no official certificates or inspections are required.
Plants subject to an import prohibition include fire blight host plants (such as apple trees, pear trees, rowans, hawthorns, juneberries, cotoneasters and flowering quince), potatoes, conifers and citrus trees.
A phytosanitary certificate is required, for instance for all plant propagation material and potted plants as well as certain cut flowers, seeds and vegetables.
Small quantities from Europe without phytosanitary certificate
Small quantities of products normally requiring a phytosanitary certificate may be imported, without such a certificate, from non-EU countries in Europe. Quantities permitted for import without a certificate are listed in ‘Eviran ohjeet 14004 Kasvien tuontiehdot matkustajille’ (unfortunately only in Finnish and Swedish, see the links to the right).
From outside Europe, only cut flowers without a phytosanitary certificate
When imported from outside Europe, products requiring a phytosanitary certificate must be equipped with such a certificate when imported. The import must always be reported to the plant health inspector. Cut flowers form an exception: 20 cut flowers may be imported without a certificate and inspection.
- Phytosanitary Certificate
- Import inspections
- Authorised points of entry
- Forms and guidelines for importing plants
- Forms and guidelines (in Finnish)
- Quarantine pests and diseases
- Frequently asked questions
- Import of plants from EU countries (private persons)
- Contact information