Air travel during Covid-19

The safety of passengers is of utmost importance. We are ensuring the safety of airports in Finland, so that passengers may travel safely and smoothly.

Arriving in Finland on an international flight

Can I come to Finland?

Persons who have received a complete and valid vaccination series may be granted entry into Finland from any country, provided that at least 7 days have passed since the last vaccine dose has been received. Please check the normal entry requirements such as visa requirements in advance.

Persons who have received a complete vaccination series may be granted entry into Finland from any country, excluding Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe. Read more.

Please note that all persons arriving in Finland are still bound by the obligations stated in the Communicable Diseases Act.

Please read more on The Finnish Border Guard's web page.

Finnish citizens and residents of Finland always have the right to return to Finland, and everyone has the right to leave Finland.

Transit is permitted on domestic flights and on international flights according to the immigration restrictions. Please read accurate instructions concerning arrivals and departures in Finland at the Finnish Border Guard’s website.

Do I need to wear a face mask at the airport?

When you disembark from the aircraft, wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose. Keep the mask on the entire time you are in the airport.

Do I need a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test result or vaccination at my arrival in Finland?

Covid-documents, such as vaccine and covid-test documents are currently checked from arriving passengers. Please read more on Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare's web page.

Do I need to go to a Covid document checkpoint?

If you are coming from or have been in a high-risk country within two weeks of entering Finland, you will be directed to city of Vantaa's Covid document checkpoint. Passengers with full Covid-19 vaccination coverage are checked for certificates randomly.

Passengers who don’t have the required Covid-19 documents can take a free-of-charge Covid-19 test at Helsinki Airport. The test is provided by city of Vantaa. If you don’t have the required documents and you need a Covid-19 test, please take the test before going to the arrivals halls.

If you arrive in Finland via Helsinki Airport, you can print and fill in the contact information form on the web page of city of Vantaa. The form is currently demanded from passengers entering Finland in connection with the health examination.

Remember to always follow the Institute of Health and Welfare's instructions for travellers.

Can I take a Covid-19 test at Helsinki Airport if I'm not directed to Covid document checkpoint or Covid-19 test?

Even if you are not directed to a Covid document checkpoint at Helsinki Airport, you may get tested for Covid-19 free of charge. Please take the test before going to the arrivals halls. The testing is organized by the City of Vantaa.

How much does it cost to get a Covid-19 test at the airport?

The City of Vantaa offers Covid-19 testing free of charge at Helsinki Airport for passengers arriving on international flights.

Please check Finentry service that makes it easier to travel to Finland and manage the coronavirus testing that may be required for entry.

Covid-19 testing services provided by the authorities are not available at Finavia regional airports. Contact information for the local health authorities is provided in brochures distributed at the airport terminals.

What should I do if I suspect I have a Covid-19 infection or I experience symptoms?

After your flights lands at Helsinki Airport, you will find city of Vantaa's health assessment point (Covid-19 document check point) next to the baggage claim and before the arrivals hall. Please contact the health authorities at the Covid-19 document check point, where you will receive further instructions from healthcare professionals.

When arriving at another Finavia airport, please contact the healthcare services of your home municipality immediately. Contact information is available in the terminal at the health information point’s brochure stand.

Remember to always follow the Institute of Health and Welfare's instructions for travellers.

When is avoiding contacts recommended?

Persons who have received a complete and valid vaccination series don't need to avoid contacts.

If you don't have a complete vaccination series and you are required to take a Covid-19 test 3-5 days after arriving in Finland, THL recommends that you avoid contact with other people when you wait for the test results. You can stop avoiding contacts if you get a negative test result from a Covid-19 test taken no earlier that 72 hours after arriving in Finland.

If the adults are not required to take coronavirus tests, the recommendation to avoid contact with others does not apply to them or children travelling with them.

For more information, visit Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare.

If you arrive in Finland via Ivalo Airport, Kittilä Airport or Rovaniemi Airport, you can use Laplandentry. When you fill in the information form, the information will be passed on to the communicable disease authority of the municipality where you are staying or living, who can contact you, if necessary, and provide you with information about coronavirus tests and the self-imposed quarantine.

Read more about Laplandentry and fill in the form at Lapland Hospital District’s web page.

Can I leave the airport by bus or train?

If you are required to take a Covid-19 test at the airport and/or 3-5 day after entering the country, you should continue your journey from the airport by private car or taxi. Avoid using buses and trains.

Persons who have received a complete and valid vaccination series don't need to avoid contacts and may use busses and trains.

Can I have someone pick me up from inside the terminal?

To reduce contact and maintain safe distances, Terminal 1 and 2 are intended for passengers and staff only.

Starting on December 1, you can drop off passengers in front of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. When you pick up passengers, please use the short-term parking facilities next to Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Read more about the traffic arrangements.

At the airport

Can I transit via Helsinki Airport?

Transit is permitted to domestic flights according to Finnish immigration restrictions. Transit is permitted on international flights according to the immigration restrictions of the next transit airport or the country of destination.

Please check travel restrictions and possible Covid-19 test requirements of transit airport or the country of destination from the authorities of the country in question.

Please read accurate instructions concerning arrivals and departures in Finland at the Finnish Border Guard’s website.

What Covid-19 guidelines do I need to adhere to at the airport?

  1. Always wear a face mask when you are departing, arriving, picking someone up or dropping off a passenger.
  2. Pay attention to your hand hygiene.
  3. Maintain a sufficient safe distance to other passengers and staff.
  4. Pay attention to announcements and signs at the airport. Follow the instructions given by airport staff.
  5. Please use the self-service machines if you have any hold baggage or you need to check in at the airport.

Can I buy face masks at the airport?

Face masks can be bought from several shops and kiosks at Helsinki Airport

Face masks are also sold at many other airports.

What restaurants and services are currently open at Finavia’s airports?

The opening hours of restaurants and other points of service vary.

For information on the opening hours of services at Helsinki Airport is available here.

Helsinki Airport’s restaurants are using The COVID-19 passport. Read more here.

Restaurants and cafes at Finavia’s other airports may require COVID-19 passport. Please, be prepared to show your COVID-19 passport if you use restaurant services after 5 p.m. (local time). More information about the COVID-19 passport is available here.

Information on the opening hours of services at Finavia’s regional airports is available here.

What action has Finavia taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19?

We began intensified cleaning in the terminals and surface disinfection in January, 2020.

More than 300 hand sanitiser stations have been placed in the terminal and we have enhanced the cleaning of security control trays by using UVC technology. At Helsinki Airport we are using a new coating solutions that destroys viruses and bacteria from surfaces.

To maintain safe distances and implement travel restrictions, we have rearranged the routes taken by passengers and limited the number of people in the terminal areas and apron busses.

We have also placed more than 2,000 floor stickers in the terminal to indicate safe distances.

Transparent protective screens have been installed at customer service counters.

We started strongly recommending face masks in May 2020 and since October 2020 we have required that everyone visiting our airports uses a mask. A mask requirement was given for airport staff earlier that year.

Instructions issued by the authorities are announced via the public address system for both departing and arriving passengers.

We are also committed to following the EASA Covid-19 recommendations.

What kind of Covid-19 testing is there at Helsinki Airport?

Before departure

What Covid-19 guidelines do I need to consider in Finland before coming to the airport?

To have all the necessary travel documents you will need when boarding the plane, please check the entry and quarantine regulations, e.g. the need for certificate of negative Covid-19 test, before coming to the airport. You can find this information from the authorities of your destination country. If you need a paper copy of your certificate of a negative Covid-19 test result, please print it before arriving at the airport.

Check COVID-19 tests at Helsinki Airport to get information about COVID-19 testing service providers.

Check the scope of your travel insurance cover. Bring your passport if you are travelling abroad.

Take enough face masks with you on your trip. You will need them throughout your journey, both at the airport and on board the aircraft. Check also Do I need to wear a face mask at the airport? and Can I buy face masks at the airport?

Check what items can be carried in hand baggage and hold luggage. Follow your airline’s instructions on the quantity and weight of your baggage.

Please check-in at your hotel/home whenever possible.

Where can I find information on the opening hours of airport terminals?

Information on the opening hours of terminals at Finavia airports is available here.

Can I come to Helsinki Airport to drop off passengers?

To reduce contact and maintain safe distances, Terminal 1 and 2 are intended for passengers and staff only.

Starting on December 1, you can drop off passengers in front of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. When you pick up passengers, please use the short-term parking facilities next to Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Read more about the traffic arrangements here.

What should I do if I feel ill?

Do not travel if you are ill. If you feel ill, take the online test at omaolo.fi and follow the instructions provided.

You can also phone your local health authorities or a private health care provider.

COVID-19 tests at Helsinki Airport

During the COVID-19 pandemic, passengers arriving at Helsinki Airport have been tested thoroughly, and it is also possible to test transfer passengers.

Wear a mask at the airport

Finavia requires all passengers and other visitors to Finavia airports to wear a face mask for the entire time they are at the airport.

Two international awards for Helsinki Airport

Helsinki Airport won two ACI Awards: best airport in Europe in its size category in 2020 and recognition for hygiene measures during COVID-19.

Health security is part of responsibility

Finavia's hygiene and safe distance plan for pandemics is available online.

FINENTRY

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

 

If you have COVID-19 symptoms

Please call the local health centre, or call for COVID-19 help at 116 117. You may also ask airport staff for further instructions. Do not travel.