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?

The Govenrment has decided that all foreign travel should be restricted to necessary travel only. Entry into the country based on employment is restricted to essential duties.

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.

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

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).

THL recommends a 14-day self-quarantine for all arriving passengers. You can shorten your self-quarantine period quarantine by getting two voluntary tests. Travellers are advised to get tested at the border unless they have a certificate of a test taken at most 72 hours earlier.

If, upon arrival in Finland, you have a certificate of negative COVID-19 test taken no earlier than 72 hours before arrival, take another test no earlier than 72 hours after arrival. If the result of this second test is negative, you can stop your self-quarantine.

If you do not have a certificate of a test taken less than 72 hours prior to arrival, we recommend self-quarantine regardless of how long you will stay in Finland. You may shorten the self-quarantine by getting tested for coronavirus at your point of entry when you arrive in Finland.

Testing station at Helsinki airport is free of charge when you arrive in Finland. Take the second test no earlier than 72 hours after the first test. If the results of both tests are negative, you can stop your self-quarantine.

When waiting for the test results, stay in voluntary quarantine at home or in your accommodation.

You will not need to self-quarantine if you have a medical certificate stating that you had COVID-19 less than 6 months ago.

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

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When is self-quarantine not recommended?

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

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

Finnish health authorities recommend all airlines to require negative Covid-19 test certificate from passengers travelling to Finland. Check the certificate requirements from your airline.

Finnair accepts a Covid-19 vaccination certificate from the first vaccination dose as an alternative to a negative test result or a certificate of a previous Covid-19 infection. Finnair recommends children between 12 and 15 years of age arrive with proof of a negative test result. Read more on Finnair's web page.

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 have been in a high-risk country (defined by THL) 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.

If you don’t have a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test result or a certificate of a previous Covid-19 infection, you will be directed 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.

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

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 2 is currently intended for passengers and staff only.

Helsinki Airport’s traffic arrangements to change on March 2, 2021. Taxi traffic and passenger drop-off and pick-up will be 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 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. Also, please check travel restrictions and possible Covid-19 test requirements of your destination from the authorities of the country in question.

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.

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 100 customer service counters and more than 100,000 face masks have been purchased for the airport.

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, Terminal 2 is currently intended for passengers and staff only.

Helsinki Airport’s traffic arrangements to change on March 2, 2021. Taxi traffic and passenger drop-off and pick-up will be 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.