Coronavirus – instructions for passengers

29.12.2021 10:00:00
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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 variants in Finland.

Internal border control reinstated for traffic between Finland and all Schengen countries as of 28 December

Internal border control at Finland’s borders is reintroduced starting from 28 December. The decision will remain in force until 16 January 2022.

Internal border control is reinstated for traffic between Finland and all Schengen countries. Those arriving in Finland are required to present a certificate of a full vaccine course or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 disease less than six months prior to entry, and a negative COVID-19 test certificate issued less than 48 hours prior to entry. Until 31 December 2021 this requirement will apply to those born in 2005 or earlier, and as of 1 January 2022, to those born in 2006 or earlier. 

A negative test result will not be required of Finnish citizens, foreigners residing permanently in Finland, or persons who have an essential reason for entry, such as compelling family matters or another compelling personal reason. However, all passengers are required to present certificates laid down in the Communicable Diseases Act and comply with the decisions made by the Regional State Administrative Agencies on compulsory health examinations.

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Finnish institute for health and welfare: Travel and the coronavirus pandemic

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.

  • 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. 

Health examinations at passenger ports 

Due to a new variant of omicron coronavirus all passengers are checked in the port. 
At the port, you will be directed to a checkpoint where you will be asked for COVID-19 certificates (a certificate of a negative test result, vaccinations, or having contracted COVID-19 previously).
Certificates are not required for children born in 2007 or later.

Select the green line if

•    you are a Finnish citizen.
•    you are staying or living permanently in Finland.
•    you work in the transport and logistics sector. 
•    your job is essential for security of supply.

Select the red line if

•    you do not belong to one of the above green line categories (for example, citizens of other countries). 

To enter Finland on the red line, you must have a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result (tested within less than 48 hours). You must also have a certificate of a complete vaccination series or a certificate of having contracted COVID-19 within the previous 6 months.

Who must be tested for COVID-19 after 72 ours of entering the country?

If your vaccination series is incomplete, you have tested negative for COVID-19 (tested within the previous 48 hours) or you have entered the country without any certificate, you must be tested between 72 and 120 hours after entering the country. Do not get tested earlier or later than this.Neglecting to get tested is punishable (Communicable Diseases Act, section 87 a).

Read also instructions for the passengers arriving in Finland with a car.

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: 

Travelling to Estonia?

Check out the instructions for entry:
Travelling and border-crossing    
The Health Board’s self-service portal

Ship travel

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: Current information about changes due to Corona virus
Viking Line: Information regarding the coronavirus situation  
Eckerö Line: Current travel information  
Finnlines: Coronavirus information 

Published 2.3.2020. Last updated  29 December 2021: updated instructions for passengers arriving in Helsinki