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Performing the non-military service abroad

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

The non-military service is performed in Finland except for short journeys abroad. The service location may order the person liable for non-military service on a journey abroad.

When based on a mutual agreement, the maximum length of journeys abroad related to the duties of a person liable for non-military service is 14 days. If the journey abroad lasts longer than 14 days, the service location must apply for a permit from the Civilian Service Centre. A journey abroad approved by the Civilian Service Centre may last for a maximum of 2 months.

Do the following

If the journey abroad of a person liable for non-military service lasts longer than 14 days, the service location sends the Civilian Service Centre a written application. The application is annexed with the consent of the person liable for non-military service, an account of the person’s work duties, service conditions and service safety. The Civilian Service Centre’s form is used for the application. The application is processed within two weeks from its arrival.

The Civilian Service Centre grants the permit for a journey abroad after an overall assessment. The assessment takes account of the appropriate performance of the journey from the viewpoints of both the person liable for non-military service and the service location, service safety and supervision-related aspects as well as the realisation of the safeguard for personal conviction.

To whom and on what terms

If the journey abroad of a person liable for non-military service lasts longer than 14 days, the service location must apply for a permit from the Civilian Service Centre in writing. The maximum length of a journey abroad is 2 months. The service location is responsible for costs arising from journeys and the upkeep of persons liable for non-military service abroad.

The service is free of charge.


Period of validity

The permission may be granted for a maximum period of 2 months.

Basic information

The service is provided byCentre for Non-Military Service
Responsible for the serviceCentre for Non-Military Service
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Centre for Non-Military Service
Updated: 12/10/2019