Updated info: The COVID 19 impact on port of Helsinki

6.9.2021 16:45:00

Cargo traffic operations are continuing strong, even though the covid 19 has had a strong impact on the passenger traffic. Port of Helsinki Ltd is doing everything it can to ensure the continuity of the operations. 

The Finnish Government 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 Finnisch Boarder Guard.  
Finnish citizens have the right to enter and leave the country unless their right to free travel has been restricted.

Read more: 
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: Restrictions on entry into Finland from EU and Schengen countries to be eased from 21 June  
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   

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.

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

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 the 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.

Read more:

Read more: Helsinki to test car passengers at ports as of 9 February
Read more about coronavirus test points here. 

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?

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

Coronavirus information by the shipping companies:

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

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.

Useful links:

More information:

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

service for media, office hours: tel. 040 5065280
outside office hours: tel. 050 354 3616

Published March 18, 2020. Last updated 6.9 2021: added instructions by the social services and healthcare to get tested within 24 hours of arrival into the country.