Shortest and smoothest way to travel between Europe and Asia is via Helsinki

Whether you are bound for Europe or Asia your most direct and fastest route goes via Helsinki. Helsinki Airport's strength lies in its excellent geographical location between Europe and Asia as well as in smooth and easy transfers.

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Helsinki Airport - designed for smooth travelling

All arrivals and departures are located in the same building. Distances are short and gates are along the same walkway. The transfer times are among the shortest in Europe.

The airport provides unhurried, friendly atmosphere with less crowding, queuing and stress. While waiting for your transfer flight the well-equipped shops, cafés and restaurants, all together 130 services, provide you with excellent possibilities for recreation and relaxation.

The airport is recognized for its excellent customer care, efficiency and punctuality. Passengers have chosen Helsinki Airport several times among the best airports in Europe. The staff will do their best to make your stay memorable.

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Tips for transfer passengers

Please check the gate number and departure time from flight information screens and then go directly to the departure gate of your onward flight.

If you are travelling outside the Schengen area or arriving from a non-Schengen country, you will go through passport control. Citizens of EU countries, EEC member states and Switzerland holding biometric passports can use the fast and convenient automatic border control. Skip lines and try it out!

See more information on customs inspections and border control at Helsinki Airport.

If your flights are not booked in a single reservation under one ticket number, please allow enough time for the transfer. Collect your luggage from the baggage claim hall and then go through check-in and security control. Keep up with your airline's check-in schedule.

All passenger services are open also for transfer passengers.

Security control for transfer passengers coming outside the EU

Helsinki Airport follows European Union's (EU) security regulations. This means, that all passengers transferring from non-EU countries to European Union countries, except those from the United States, have to go through the security control.

To ensure a smooth security control, please pack all liquids and sharp items into your baggage going into the hold. You may carry through security control only a few liquids in containers smaller than 100 ml. Our video shows how the security checks are made in Europe.

Liquids bought during your travel from a non-EU airport or onboard a non-EU registered plane are not allowed through the security. These items, including alcohol and cosmetics, will be taken away at the security control. This rule does no apply to liquids bought at certain non-EU airports provided that they are safely packed including a receipt stating the place of purchase.

For more specific and up-to-date information, see the Finnish Transport Safety Agency website.

Guidelines on customs inspections for passengers continuing their journey on domestic flights

If you have a connecting flight in Finland, declare any items requiring customs inspection at the Customs office opposite to gate 29.

If you are coming to Finland from a non-EU country via another EU country, there is a phone service for customs declarations near gates 16 and 21.

If you are travelling from Norway or Iceland, you can make the customs declaration with the phones located on the passenger bridges.

Read more about customs guidelines on the Finnish Customs website.