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

When is voluntary quarantine not required?

  1. If you arrive from a country that is not subject to entry restrictions: voluntary quarantine is not required.
  2. If you arrive from a country that is subject to restrictions and you spend less than 72 hours in Finland: present a negative Covid-19 test certificate upon arrival. The certificate may not be more than 72 hours old.

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

A voluntary 10-day quarantine period and avoiding the use of public transport applies to you if you arrive in Finland from a country that is subject to entry restrictions or you have spent time in a country that is subject to entry restrictions during the preceding two weeks. Voluntary quarantine can be ended when the following conditions are met:

  1. The duration of the trip exceeds 72 hours: Present a negative Covid-19 test certificate upon arrival. The certificate may not be more than 72 hours old. You can also take a Covid-19 test at Helsinki Airport immediately upon arrival in Finland. Stay in voluntary quarantine and get a second Covid-19 test 72 hours after the first test at the earliest. If the result of both tests is negative, you can end your quarantine.
  2. If you are Finnish or reside in Finland: Get a Covid-19 test at the airport immediately upon arrival in Finland and a second Covid-19 test 72 hours at the earliest after the first test. You can get a second test by following the instructions provided by the public health care services in your municipality of residence or by getting a Covid-19 test offered by a private service provider. If the result of both tests is negative, you can end your voluntary quarantine.

For additional instructions on topics such as exceptions concerning the admission of special groups, please refer to the website of the Ministry of the Interior.

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?

When you arrive at Helsinki Airport on an international flight, you can get a free Covid-19 test.

Make your way to the City of Vantaa health information point located between arrivals halls 2A and 2B, after the baggage reclaim area.

You will be directed to the airport’s Covid-19 testing point by health care professionals.

At other Finavia airports, the contact details of the local health authorities are available at the health information point.

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.

Make your way to the health information point located between arrivals halls 2A and 2B, after the baggage reclaim area. The service is available around the clock.

Covid-19 testing services provided by the authorities are not available at other airports.

Contact information for the local health authorities is provided in brochures distributed at the airport terminals.

Can I get tested by Covid-19 dogs?

Covid-19 testing by specially trained dogs is intended for all passengers arriving on international flights. The testing is anonymous and free of charge.

Passengers who get a positive test result are directed to the City of Vantaa health information point.

The Covid-19 scent detection service is available on weekdays. Service hours depend on the dogs and their need to rest.

Canine scent detection services are provided by the Wise Nose association and Nose Academy Oy.

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.

Arrange to meet in Terminal 1, which is a designated waiting area. The nearest parking area is P3.

People who arrive to pick up a passenger can also wait in their car. In this case, it is recommended they park in P5.

At the airport

Can I transit via Helsinki Airport?

Transit is permitted between non-Schengen and Schengen countries with travel restrictions. Also, transit is allowed for those passengers who travel between countries without travel restrictions. During the transit you have to remain in the transit area. Please read more information and the details 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, kiosks and vending machines 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.

Before departure

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

  1. 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.
  2. Carry out the check-in procedures at home whenever possible.
  3. 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.
  4. Check the scope of your travel insurance cover. Bring your passport if you are travelling abroad.
  5. Before an international flight, always check the entry and quarantine regulations of your destination country. You can find this information on the IATA website.
  6. Also read your airline’s instructions ahead of time. Finnair passengers can find more information here.

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.

Terminal 1 has been reserved for use as a waiting area for people who are picking up and dropping off passengers. The nearest parking area is P3.

You can stop briefly in front of Terminal 2 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.

Passenger's Checklist

Please read these tips before travelling to or from Finland.

 

Where can I fly to from Finland?

Please read the list of international destinations, that may be travelled to directly from Finnish airports. Please be sure to check the travel restrictions for your destination country.

Open restaurants and services

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

COVID-19 testing for arriving passengers

COVID-19 testing available to arriving passengers at Helsinki Airport

 

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.