As the internal border control in the EU’s Schengen area ended on 26 July 2021 and 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.
The City’s health and safety authorities will continue to direct ship passengers arriving in Helsinki to a health check or COVID-19 testing. The goal of these measures is to ensure health and safety even as the EU’s internal border control ends.
Take your certificates with you on your trip
When boarding a ship, you need to have a certificate of one or two COVID-19 vaccinations, a negative COVID-19 test result or recovery from a previous COVID-19 infection.
According to the Communicable Diseases Act, arriving passengers must present their certificates when entering the country. We ask that you have the certificates at the ready so that the checks go as smoothly as possible. Similarly, we ask that you complete the contact information form of the City of Helsinki’s healthcare services well in advance. The forms are distributed on the ships.
Who needs to undergo the health check and potential COVID-19 testing?
You do not need to undergo the health check if you are carrying a certificate of two vaccination doses or having contracted COVID-19 in the past.
Anyone not meeting the criteria above must undergo the health check and, if necessary, COVID-19 testing.
Make your entry smoother with Finentry
A passenger can make their entry into Finland faster by using the Finentry service. We recommend that you register with the service in advance, in your country of departure. The service provides instructions on the COVID-19 tests required, and you can also book a testing appointment via it.
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