Coronavirus – instructions for passengers

20.5.2022 08:00:00
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the COVID-19 epidemic to be a global pandemic. This exceptional situation affects travel safety everywhere in the world.

Internal border control has ended

Internal border control, which was reinstated for traffic between Finland and all Schengen countries at the end of December, ended on 31 January. In contrast, restrictions on external border traffic will continue until 5 June 2022.

Read more:  
Ministry of the Interior 5 May: Restrictions on external border traffic extended until 5 June
Ministry of the Interior  27.1.2022: Internal border control will end, restrictions on external border traffic will continue until 14 February
Finnish Boarder Guard: covid-19 info  
Ministry of the Interior: Finland to restrict entry from Southern Africa due to new virus variant   
Finnish institute for health and welfare: Travel and the coronavirus pandemic

Measures in terminals in Helsinki

Both ports and shipping companies are prepared for safe passenger traffic in many ways. We are working in close cooperation with the authorities and  passengers should also familiarise themselves with instructions issued by the authorities and comply with the hygiene and health regulations put in place by the authorities.

  • Terminals are cleaned more thoroughly and surfaces are disinfected regularly. 
  • Terminals are equipped with disinfectant stations for passengers.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has dropped the regional face mask recommendation. Those who still want to wear a face mask are welcome to do so.

Health guidance at passenger ports 

Occasional health checks at the passenger terminals have ended. The City of Helsinki's Social Services and Healthcare still offers COVID-19 advice and guidance at the terminals.

When you arrive in Finland and Helsinki from abroad you must have 

  • a certificate of a full or incomplete COVID-19 vaccination series* accepted in Finland,
  • a certificate stating you have had COVID-19 within the last six months, or
  • a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken no more than 72 hours before the trip.

Certificates are not required for children born in 2007 or after or operators working in the transport and logistics sector. 

Who are required to undergo COVID-19 testing 72 hours after arriving in the country?

If your vaccination series is incomplete, you have a negative COVID-19 test result (from a test taken less than 72 hours ago), or you have entered the country without any certificate, you need to get tested at the earliest 72 hours and at the latest 120 hours after arriving in Finland. 

Who are required to undergo two COVID-19 tests?

If you will stay in Finland and do not have a certificate of COVID-19 vaccinations accepted in Finland, a negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken within the last 72 hours or stating that you have had COVID-19 within the last six months, you must get tested for COVID-19 immedi-ately and at the latest within 24 hours of arriving in the country. This rule is not applied to cruise ship passengers who will leave Finland within 24 hours of their arrival.

In addition, you must get another COVID-19 test within 72 hours or at the latest 120 hours of ar-riving in Finland (see the above).
These COVID-19 tests are mandatory under the Communicable Diseases Act. The obligation to get tested for COVID-19 also applies to Finnish citizens.

You can book a test appointment
•    Primarily in the Finentry service at finentry.fi.
•    Via the coronavirus helpline of your home municipality or place of stay. 
•    Helsinki residents can also book an appointment 
o    at omaolo.fi (only if you have symptoms) or
o    by calling 09 310 10024, mon-fri at 8:00–16:00.
 

FINENTRY makes it easier to travel to Finland

FINENTRY banner

FINENTRY is a digital service that makes it easier to travel to Finland and manage the coronavirus testing that may be required for entry. 

FINENTRY  enables you to:
•    make an appointment for a coronavirus test in Finland
•    get instructions for arriving at your test via SMS
•    get your coronavirus test result via SMS.

Read more about FINENTRY: https://www.finentry.fi/en/ 

Travelling to Estonia?

Check out the instructions for entry:
Travelling and border-crossing    
The Health Board’s self-service portal

Ship travel


Details on travelling need to be checked directly on shipping company’s website. Information about the mesures onboard ships, rescheduling or cancelling ship passages, please contact the shipping company:

Tallink Silja: Current information about changes due to Corona virus
Viking Line: Information regarding the coronavirus situation  
Eckerö Line: Current travel information  
Finnlines: Coronavirus information 

Published 2.3.2020. Last updated  20. May 2022: Occasional health checks at the passenger terminals have ended. The City of Helsinki's Social Services and Healthcare still offers COVID-19 advice and guidance at the terminals.