The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the COVID-19 epidemic to be a global pandemic. This exceptional situation affects travel safety everywhere in the world.
The Finnish Government has tight border traffic and the recommendations on testing and quarantine. The aim is to prevent the re-escalation of the growth of the COVID-19 epidemic and the spread of the COVID-19 variant in Finland.
Upon boarding the ship, you must present proof of having received one or two COVID-19 vaccinations (at least 2 weeks after the last vaccination), a negative coronavirus test result (tested within 72 hours) or having contracted COVID-19 previously (within the previous six months).
Restrictions on entry into Finland from EU and Schengen countries has ended.
A person travelling from another third country still has some restrictions, see the guidelines by the Finnish Boarder Guard here.
Finnish citizens have the right to enter and leave the country unless their right to free travel has been restricted.
As the ship traffic to Finland increases, passengers travelling via the Port of Helsinki should prepare for occasional congestion at the terminals and car lanes, particularly upon arrival. Please bring the necessary certificates with you and use the FINENTRY service.
Boarder Guard (8 July 2021): Entry to Finland as of 12.7.2021
Finnish Government (8 July 2021): Internal border control continues until 25 July
Finnish institute for health and welfare: Travel and the coronavirus pandemic
Ministry of the Interior 20 May: Restrictions on entry into Finland extended until 15 June
The instructions for border traffic issued by the Border Guard
Questions concerning border traffic
Measures in terminals in Helsinki
Both ports and shipping companies are prepared for safe passenger traffic in many ways. We are working in close cooperation with the authorities and passengers should also familiarise themselves with instructions issued by the authorities and comply with the hygiene and health regulations put in place by the authorities.
Instructions for passengers and employees arriving in Finland (Finnish institute for health and welfare)
- Terminals are cleaned more thoroughly and surfaces are disinfected regularly.
- Terminals are equipped with disinfectant stations for passengers.
- Passengers are reminded to maintain good hand hygiene and safety distances with the help of signs and markings, for example.
- Use of facial masks is strongly recommended. There is a limited amount of them available at the terminals.
Test and advice points
The City of Helsinki's Social Services and Healthcare is responsible for the health advice points and coronavirus test points at Port of Helsinki.
The terminals of West Harbour, Katajanokka and Vuosaari have coronavirus test points, also for car passengers, arranged by Helsinki Social Services and Healthcare. The terminals also offer enhanced coronavirus advice. Testing and advice is available to all passengers arriving to Helsinki by sea.
Who will not be subjected to a health examination or tested for COVID-19 at the Port of Helsinki?
You do not have to undergo a health examination if you have proof of two vaccinations or having contracted COVID-19 (within the previous six months).
Who will be subjected to a health examination and tested for COVID-19, if necessary?
All other passengers than those mentioned above must undergo a health examination and be tested for COVID-19, if necessary.
No COVID-19 test will be administered, if you have a certificate of a negative test result (tested within 72 hours) or a certificate of having received one or two vaccinations of a multi-dose vaccination including two vaccinations. COVID-19 tests will also not be required for children born in or after 2006.
FINENTRY makes it easier to travel to Finland
FINENTRY is a digital service that makes it easier to travel to Finland and manage the coronavirus testing that may be required for entry.
FINENTRY enables you to:
• make an appointment for a coronavirus test in Finland
• get instructions for arriving at your test via SMS
• get your coronavirus test result via SMS.
Read more about FINENTRY: https://www.finentry.fi/en/
Travelling to Estonia?
Details on travelling need to be checked directly on shipping company’s website. Information about the mesures onboard ships, rescheduling or cancelling ship passages, please contact the shipping company:
Tallink Silja: https://www.tallinksilja.fi/medialle/-/cision/expanded-release/1ab2a113…
Viking line: https://www.vikingline.fi/valitse-matka/reittimatkat/reittimatkat-kevat…
Eckerö line: https://www.eckeroline.fi/blog/ajankohtaista-koronaviruksesta/
Published 2.3.2020. Last updated 6 September 2021: added instruction by Helsinki sovial services and healthcare for getting tested within 24 hours of arrival into the country.