Updated info: The COVID 19 impact on port of Helsinki

4.5.2022 09:00:00

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. 

Internal border control ended, restrictions on external border traffic continue

Internal border control, which was reinstated for traffic between Finland and all Schengen countries at the end of December, ended on 31 January. In contrast, restrictions on external border traffic will continue at least until 10 April 2022.

Those arriving in Finland from outside the EU and the Schengen area are required to present a certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of recovery from COVID-19 less than six months prior to entry. In addition, they are required to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate issued less than 48 hours prior to entry. This requirement applies to those born in 2006 or earlier.

The Border Guard will not require the above-mentioned certificates as a prerequisite for entry from the following groups of persons arriving in Finland from third countries: Finnish citizens, foreign nationals 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 arriving in Finland are required to comply with the decisions made by the Regional State Administrative Agencies on compulsory health examinations and to present the required certificates as laid down in the Communicable Diseases Act. 

Ministry of the Interior 10.March: Restrictions on external border traffic extended until 10 April
Ministry of Foreingn Affairs 11.2.: Restrictions on external border traffic extended until 13 March
Ministry of the Interior  27.1.2022: Internal border control will end, restrictions on external border traffic will continue until 14 February 
Finnish Boarder Guard: covid-19 info  
Ministry of the Interior: Finland to restrict entry from Southern Africa due to new virus variant 
Finnish institute for health and welfare: Travel and the coronavirus pandemic

The instructions for border traffic issued by the Border Guard 

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

Health examinations at passenger ports 

The City of Helsinki's Social Services and Healthcare is responsible for the health advice points at Port of Helsinki.

t is your responsibility to get tested for coronavirus when instructed to do so.
Certificates are not required for children born in 2007 or later.

Read more about the health examinations 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 5. May 2022: There are no longer COVID-19 test points at terminals.