How can I reunite with my partner?
Here are successful stories from couples separated by travel bans
These stories are individual experiences, not official guidelines
Cat and Henri
United States of America (Maryland) to Finland
Third Country ?
September 23, 2020
I met my boyfriend Henri online going on two years ago. He lives in Finland and I live in the US. We fell deeply in love. We were scheduled to meet for the first time in April of 2019 in the US, and then I was to visit Finland in summer 2019. However, shortly before our visits, the borders closed due to Covid. In September I was finally able to meet him in Finland for the first time. He is absolutely wonderful and even better in person. I didn’t have any issues traveling. I went through JFK, had a layover in London, and proceeded to Finland. Border Guard in Finland aren’t currently requiring proof and trust the word of travelers, however I came prepared to show our messages and try to prove our relationship anyways. Border Guard barely asked questions and let me in after examining my passport.
I just came back from a SECOND(!!) visit to Finland. This time I stayed for 3 weeks over Christmas. This time I went from JFK, through the Netherlands, and then to Finland. Please note that the Netherlands is requiring proof of relationships to allow people to transfer flights there.
Please research your layover airports policies too as those also apply to your ability to visit your final destination...
Anyways. I’m so in love and so happy and so grateful. Love is not tourism :)
PS: I got covid tests before flying, and while there.