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?

You may travel to Finland from EU and Schengen countries. Please check the list of restrictions on travel to Finland from different countries on the Finnish Government's website.

Starting on June 26 entry into Finland from EU and Schengen countries will be permitted in the following situations:

1) you have received a full vaccination series (one dose or two doses depending on the vaccine) and at least two weeks have passed since the last dose of vaccine

2) you have had COVID-19 and received at least one vaccine dose, and at least one week has passed since the vaccine dose

3) you have had COVID-19 less than six months ago.

Finnish citizens and residents of Finland always have the right to return to Finland, and everyone has the right to leave Finland if they so wish, provided that there is no legal impediment to this.

Citizens and residents of other countries can contact The Finnish Border Guard for more information. The Finnish Border Guard gives people advice on cross-border traffic by phone and email.

The service will be available in Finnish, Swedish and English between 8.00 and 16.00 at +358 295 420 100. The service will also be available over the weekend of 23–24 January 2021 at 8.00–16.00.

Questions can also be sent by email to [email protected].

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

Finnish health authorities recommend all airlines to require one of the following documents from passengers (16 years and above) travelling to Finland:

- a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test

- a certificate that you have recovered from COVID-19 within 6 months or

- a certificate of a Covid-19 vaccination.

Covid-19-documents will be checked from each passgener from July 26 onwards.

If you are fully vaccinated or you come from a low-risk country you will not need a pre-departure test.

Check also When do I need to stay in quarantine and how can I shorten my quarantine?

Do I need to go to a health examination?

If you are coming from or have been in a high-risk country within two weeks of entering Finland, you will be directed to receive a health examination. You can check the high-risk countries on the map on THL web page.

In the health examination, the health authorities may direct you to a Covid-19 test.

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.

When is voluntary distancing from other people recommended when arriving in Finland and how can I shorten the duration of it?

If you have entered your information in the Finentry service and received instructions from the service, please follow the given instructions.
If you have not filled in the Finentry form, please read the instructions arriving in Finland (see below).

Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) recommendation to avoid contacts for a period of 14 days applies to all those who arrive in the country and who are advised to take a test no earlier than 72 hours after arrival. Please check THL web page to see if you need to take a Covid-19 test.

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 you do not take a coronavirus test, the Finnish health authorities strongly recommend that you voluntarily avoid contact with people other than those who live in the same residence or place of lodging for 14 days after arrival.

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

If you arrive in Finland via Ivalo Airport, Kittilä Airport, Rovaniemi Airport or Enontekiö 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.

When is avoiding contacts not recommended for arriving passengers?

You don't have to avoid contacts if you come from a low-risk country or you have a certificate of a full sequence of Covid-19 vaccinations.

Please check exceptions to social distancing and testing recommendations on Finnish institute of health and welfare THL's webpage.

Can I take a Covid-19 test at Helsinki Airport if I'm not directed to health examination?

Even if you are not directed to a health assessment point at Helsinki Airport, you may get tested for Covid-19 free of charge. The testing point is at gate 32, which means the test must be taken before going to baggage claim and 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.

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.

If you do not have a face mask, you can buy one at the airport. Several shops and kiosks have them for sale.

Havainnekuva lentoaseman maskiohjeistuksesta matkustajille

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 be steered to the airport’s free-of-charge COVID-19 testing point, where you will receive further instructions from healthcare professionals.

In addition, you will receive guidance and help from the City of Vantaa’s health advisory service point, if necessary. It is located in Terminal 2 between arrivals halls 2A and 2B. The opening hours of the point of service are designed to accommodate all arriving flights.

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.

Can I leave the airport by bus or train?

If you arrive from a country that is subject to entry restrictions or if you have a Covid-19 test at the airport, you should continue your journey from the airport by private car or taxi. Avoid using buses and trains.

If you arrive from a country that is not subject to entry restrictions, you can leave the airport by train or bus. We recommend that you wear a face mask when you use public transport.

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.

Passengers may be picked up and dropped off outside the terminal. You may wait for an arriving passenger in your car, or outside the terminal. Helsinki Airport’s traffic arrangements have changed on March 2, 2021. Taxi traffic is concentrated in front of Terminal 1 (T1). More information in our news article.

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 other airports, including Ivalo, Rovaniemi, Oulu, Kittilä, Kuusamo and Vaasa.

Havainnekuva lentoaseman maskiohjeistuksesta matkustajille

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, please refer to our release.

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. We have enhanced the cleaning of security control trays by using UVC technology.

To maintain safe distances and implement travel restrictions, we have rearranged the routes taken by passengers and limited the capacity of premises at the airport.

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.

Instructions issued by the authorities are announced via the public address system at seven-minute intervals in different three languages.

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, Terminals 1 and 2 are intended for passengers and staff only.

Passengers may be picked up and dropped off outside the terminal.

Helsinki Airport’s traffic arrangements have changed on March 2, 2021. Taxi traffic is concentrated in front of Terminal 1 (T1). More information in our news article.

You can stop briefly in front of Terminal 1 to drop off passengers. Parking is not permitted and you need to leave the area quickly.

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.

Open restaurants and services

Restaurants and services are reopening. Please see their opening hours.

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.