News 16.03.2020

COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS: Guidance for travelers to Finland

Finland has closed its borders and suspending travel to Finland.

Updated 31.03.2020 at 07.55 EET

VISIT FINLAND

Finland has declared a nationwide state of emergency due to the Covid-19/Coronavirus outbreak. Finland has closed its borders and suspended travel to Finland until 13 May 2020. This applies to everyone except Finnish citizens and foreigners with permanent residence in Finland.

International travelers in Finland can return to their home countries. Travelers should contact their tour operators, airlines or cruise lines regarding their connections home. Many travel connections are being cancelled or rescheduled. The VR passenger rail service between Finland and Russia is suspended.

Please note that the police may extend the validity of a visa in the event that flight cancellations, for example, prevent the visa holder from leaving Finnish territory before their visa expires. For more info please contact the police

As of March 27, restrictions have been imposed on domestic traffic into and out of the Uusimaa region, the area of southern Finland where Helsinki is located, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The ski resorts in Northern Finland and Lapland have closed and many hotels all over the country have closed as well. Restaurants will remain closed until 31 May, however some sell takeaway.

The international airports of Helsinki, Turku and Mariehamn will remain open for goods and cargo traffic and returning passengers. Border crossing places in Northern Finland to Sweden and Norway remain open for cargo traffic.

Travelers are asked to closely monitor statements and guidance issued by their home countries’ public authorities, health officials and embassies, in order to receive timely information on matters such as quarantine instructions upon arrival home. You can find the contact information of your own Embassy in Finland on the list of representations of foreign countries in Finland maintained by Finland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

In case of illness

Please note that Finland’s healthcare is currently burdened with cases of the virus. If your travel insurance includes medical insurance, please contact the health provider mentioned in the policy first for advice. Otherwise be in contact (first by phone) with the local public health center or hospital emergency department.

It is important that you should contact the health center by phone to receive instructions.

The Finnish institute for health and welfare is continously updating their Covid-19 coronavirus updates site.

Helsinki area

If you have severe Covid-19 coronavirus symptoms requiring treatment, you can call the Helsinki coronavirus helpline at tel. 09 310 10024 (weekdays 7-20). At other times, call the Medical helpline, tel. 09 310 117.

For more information on what to do if you suspect you have the coronavirus infection and are in the Helsinki area, please see the Helsinki healtcare coronavirus information site.

Lapland area

Rovaniemi
Health services in the Rovaniemi area.

Ivalo
Emergency service 24h tel. + 358 40 770 9187

Kittilä
Emergency duty number: +358 400 356 498

Nationwide Emergency number 112

Call the emergency number only in genuine emergency situations. In an emergency situation, you will be treated even if you do not have a municipality of residence in Finland. The medical costs can be collected from you afterwards. The emergency number can be called free of charge from any phone. No area code is needed. If you have a mobile phone subscription that is based abroad you can still call the emergency number without an area code.