Updated info: The COVID 19 impact on port of Helsinki

28.9.2020 10:43:00

Cargo traffic operations are continuing strong, even though the covid 19 has had a strong impact on the passenger traffic. 

The Finnish Government has decided on restrictions on entry into the country, which enter into force on 28 September. Restrictions on entry was reintroduced for traffic between Finland and Estonia, Germany and Sweden, among others.  A 10-day period of self- quarantine period is recommended for travellers arriving in Finland.

Restrictions on entry allow only return traffic to Finland, transit traffic, work-related travel and travel for other essential reasons. 

However, from Monday 28 September, people are able to come to work in Finland from Sweden and Estonia without a self-isolation period. 

Read more: September 24, 2020: Restrictions on entry into the country to be tightened due to COVID-19

The instructions for border traffic issued by the Border Guard

Questions concerning border traffic   

Traffic at the passenger harbours

Both ports and shipping companies are prepared for safe passenger traffic in many ways. We are working in close cooperation with the authorities to ensure that traffic is safe. 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.

The City of Helsinki has health guidance points for ship passengers at  Terminal 2 of the West Harbour, Katajanokka Terminal and Vuosaari harbour.

The health guidance points offer ship passengers information on coronavirus prevention and refer passengers with symptoms indicative of COVID-19 to get tested. The aim is to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 coronavirus infections contracted on ships and ensure passenger safety. The health guidance points will not carry out coronavirus testing, at least for the time being, but will instead direct passengers to other testing stations in Helsinki, if necessary.

The City of Helsinki opened on 7 September corona testing station in Jätkäsaari, close to the West Terminal 1 (address: Tyynenmerenkatu 6, building L3).
Read more: Helsinki opening a health guidance point at the West Harbour

Coronavirus information by the shipping companies:

Details on travelling need to be checked directly on shipping company’s website.


Terminal Open  Closed
West Terminal 2 x  
West Terminal 1 x  
Olympia Terminal   x
Makasiini Terminal   x
Katajanokka Terminal x  
Hansa Terminal x  

Tram 5 drives to the Katajanokka Terminal. For more information, read the HSLrelease

Traffic at Vuosaari Harbour 

Traffic at the Vuosaari Harbour continues normally with the exception of:

  • Sea Wind, operating the route between Vuosaari and Muuga, not taking on any passengers for the time being. 
  • Finbo Cargo transports passengers and cargo from the port of Vuosaari to the port of Muuga. (On Saturdays at 10 am departures are driven to Tallinn Terminal A.)

Vuosaari Harbour real-time situational status:

Vuosaari Harbour Today


Traffic statistics

The passenger traffic has practically stopped and the state of emergency can also be seen at the amount of cargo traffic. 

•    Port of Helsinki traffic statistics are published once a month.

Port of Helsinki Ltd own operations 

Port of Helsinki Ltd is doing everything it can to ensure the continuity of the operations in the coming weeks. 

In this situation the Port of Helsinki Ltd decided to grant quay side lay up to our regular customers from today to the end of April for the price of one vessel fee, in the case the vessel is not in traffic. At the end of April, the Port decided to prolong the period to the end of May.

Useful links:

More information:

Inquiries concerning restrictions on ship traffic, please contact the Prime Minister’s Office.

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Published March 18, 2020. Last updated 9 October 2020: Quarantine period will be cut to 10 days as of 12 October.