Air travel during Covid-19

Using government sources, we have compiled a list of key things passengers need to know about air travel on our page containing information about the COVID-19 situation.

Arriving in Finland on an international flight

Can I travel to Finland?

Finnish citizens and residents of Finland always have the right to return to Finland.

The Finnish Border Guard website offers the latest information on who may enter Finland and under what conditions.

Entry to Finland as of 21.12.2021 (Border Guard)

From which countries and under what conditions can passengers enter Finland? (Finnish institute for health and welfare)

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.

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

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?

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.

You can drop off passengers in front of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. When you pick up passengers, please use the parking facilities next to Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

How to get to Helsinki Airport

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.

The Finnish Border Guard website offers the latest information on who may enter Finland and under what conditions.

Entry to Finland as of 21.12.2021 (Finnish Border Guard)

Information about travelling during pandemic (Finnish Border Guard)

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. Restaurants at airports follow the current COVID-19 restrictions. The restrictions on opening hours and the number of customers allowed in the premises vary by region. Read more on Finnish Government's web page and Finavia's Newsroom.

Some restaurants offer take away.

Find out more information on the opening hours of services and restaurants at Helsinki Airport.

Restaurants and cafes at Helsinki Airport and Finavia’s other airports may require COVID-19 passport. Please, be prepared to show your COVID-19 passport.

Read more information about the COVID-19 passport.

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

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.

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.

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.

How to get to Helsinki Airport

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.

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

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.