Are you coming to Finland with a vehicle on holiday, to stay in the country temporarily or to live here permanently? The answer to this question will affect whether you have to have the vehicle inspected and registered and whether tax is payable on the vehicle in Finland. There are separate rules for registration in the Åland Islands, which can be found in the section Importing a vehicle to the Åland Islands. You will find information on driving licences on the page Driving licences in Finland.
Vehicle on a holiday trip
Vehicle tax does not have to be paid for temporary use of a vehicle, such as holiday travel, and short stays. The vehicle must have valid motor insurance in the country of registration.
Vehicle temporarily in Finland
Citizens of another Nordic country staying in Finland for less than 12 months can use a vehicle registered in another Nordic country in Finland as a tourist vehicle for a maximum of six months, but an extension to the time limit can be applied for. You can get more information from the Finnish Tax Administration on situations other than tourist use.
In some situations persons living permanently in Finland are entitled to use a vehicle registered abroad temporarily without paying tax. More details are available from the Finnish Tax Administration.
Vehicle as removal goods
For a vehicle to be used in Finland without interruption from the day of moving, a declaration of use must be submitted to the Finnish Tax Administration on arrival in the country. For a vehicle that is to be registered in Finland, the declaration of use can be filed electronically.
After importing a vehicle, a separate car tax declaration must be submitted to the Finnish Tax Administration within five days of confirmation of the declaration of use. Reduced car tax for vehicles imported as removal goods ended as of 1 January 2015.
Vehicles for persons with disabilities
Persons with disabilities can get relief on vehicle tax.
Vehicle inspection and registration
A vehicle being imported must be taken for registration inspection or individual approval at a vehicle inspection office before registration. At the registration inspection, the original registration certificate of the imported vehicle must be produced, stating among other things the vehicle’s commissioning or first-time registration date.
Conditions for registering a vehicle in Finland include:
- Valid motor insurance
- Registration inspection certificate or individual approval certificate
- Statement of ownership of the vehicle, i.e. itemised contract of sale or other title deed
- Car tax is paid
- Car tax decision
More information is available from vehicle inspection offices in Finland. Information on inspection offices that do first-time registrations is available on the website of the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency.
After registration you will be given the registration certificate and Finnish registration plates. Remember to take proof of identity with you when the vehicle is registered.
More information on vehicle registration is available from the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency.
Summer and winter tyres in Finland
Studded tyres may be used in Finland from 1 November until 31 March or the Monday following Easter Monday. However, winter tyres must be fitted no later than 1 December and used for December, January and February on passenger cars, vans and special vehicles with a total mass not exceeding 3500 kg. Winter tyres can be non-studded (“all-weather tyres”) or studded.
Winter tyres can be changed to summer tyres from 1 March, but it is not recommended to change them before the weather permits it.
Using a vehicle registered in Finland in another Nordic country
A vehicle registered in Finland does not have to be registered in another Nordic country if you are only staying in the country for a short time. The time that a vehicle registered in another country can be used for varies by country.
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