Coronavirus – instructions for passengers

23.4.2021 15:20:00
Safe Travel instructions infographics

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.

Southern Finland's regional state administrative agency (AVI) announced 17 March 2021 that passengers arriving to Finland from risk countries will be subject to a compulsory health check at the border. As a part of the check, a coronavirus test may also be carried out. The compulsory checks will come into force on Thursday 18 March and will be in place until 31 May 2021.

The Finnish Government tightens border traffic and the recommendations on testing and quarantine from 27 January onward. The aim is to prevent the re-escalation of the growth of the COVID-19 epidemic and the spread of the COVID-19 variant in Finland. 

Border control will be continued until 25 May. Entry into the country based on employment will be restricted to essential duties. Certain special groups are permitted to enter the country. Quarantine recommendation will be reintroduced to border crossings. From 23 Feb on the shipping companies require a negative COVID -19 test result or a medical certificate of a past COVID - 19 disease (max 6 months old).

Finnish citizens have the right to enter and leave the country unless their right to free travel has been restricted.
Read more:

Ministry of the Interior 22 January, 2021: Restrictions on entry into Finland to be tightened on 27 January

The instructions for border traffic issued by the Border Guard

Questions concerning border traffic   

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.

Instructions for passengers and employees arriving in Finland 

  • Terminals are cleaned more thoroughly and surfaces are disinfected regularly. 
  • Terminals are equipped with disinfectant stations for passengers.
  • Passengers are reminded to maintain good hand hygiene and safety distances with the help of signs and markings, for example.
  • Use of facial masks is strongly recommended. There is a limited amount of them available at the terminals.
Terminal Open  Closed
West Terminal 2 x  
West Terminal 1   x
Olympia Terminal   x
Makasiini Terminal   x
Katajanokka Terminal x  
Hansa Terminal x  

Test and advice points

The City of Helsinki's Social Services and Healthcare and HUS (Helsinki University Hospital) direct all the arriving passengers to the health advice points and coronavirus test points.

The terminals of West Harbour, Katajanokka and Vuosaari have received new coronavirus test points on 27 January by Helsinki Social Services and Healthcare. The test points for car passengers have also been introduced since 9 February. The terminals also offer enhanced coronavirus advice. Testing and advice is available to all passengers arriving to Helsinki by sea. 

Passengers arriving to Helsinki will need to present a certificate of a Covid-19 infection that has taken place within the last six months, a negative test result (the test must be at most 72 hours old).

A voluntary 14-day quarantine is recommended to all passengers arriving in Finland from countries where the coronavirus incidence exceeds 25 per 100,000 people measured over two weeks.

The voluntary quarantine can be shortened by taking two tests. Passengers without any of the certificates mentioned above will be guided to take their first coronavirus test in the harbour. The second test can be taken at the earliest 72 hours after the first one. If the passenger does not take their first coronavirus test in the harbour, they must seek out testing in Finland at their place of stay or residence within a day from their arrival in the country. The passenger must continue the voluntary quarantine until both test results are ready and have been proven negative.

Read more: Helsinki to test car passengers at ports as of 9 February
Read more about coronavirus test points here. 

FINENTRY makes it easier to travel to Finland


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: 

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:…
Viking line:…
Eckerö line:

Published 2.3.2020. Last updated 23 April 2021: Border control will be continued until 25 May.