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Coronavirus testing in Helsinki

When to get tested?

Persons aged 12 or older

You should get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms indicating COVID-19, and

  • if you are at risk of suffering from severe COVID-19 or
  • if you are pregnant or
  • you are over 18 years of age and have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and you have not been previously diagnosed with COVID-19
  • if you work in health care and social services with clients or patients or
  • if you work in any position in 24-hour care or disability services.

You should also get tested if a health care professional has recommended it for you.

Children under 12

Children under 12 years of age should be tested for COVID-19 if they have symptoms indicating COVID-19, and

  • the child lives in the same household or meets regularly with family members or close persons age 16 or older with inadequate resistance against COVID-19, or
  • a health care professional has judged that the child’s symptoms require a test.

Children and coronavirus (THL)

Start by completing the symptom assessment. The Omaolo service will refer you to testing if necessary. If your symptoms are severe, a medical professional will evaluate your situation after you complete the symptom assessment. As a guardian, you can act on behalf of a child under the age of 15.

If you are unable to complete the symptom assessment, please call the Coronavirus Helpline, tel. 09 310 10024 (every day at 8:00–18:00 pm), and at other times call the Medical Helpline, tel. 116 117.

Coronavirus testing points in Helsinki

Note: You can be tested by appointment at the coronavirus testing points listed below.

As of 1 January 2022:

Hernesaari, Laivakatu 2 (Terveystalo) (as of week 3)
Herttoniemi, Linnanrakentajantie 4 A (Terveystalo)
Itäkeskus, Itäkatu 11 (entrance Tallinnanaukio 1 B) (HUS)
Itäkeskus, Tallinnanaukio 4 A, 4 th floor (Terveystalo)
Kamppi, Jaakonkatu 3 (Terveystalo)
Kannelmäki, Kaari, Laulukuja 4 (Terveystalo)
Kruununhaka, Vironkatu 2 (HUS)
Malmi, Malmin lentoaseman aukio (HUS)
Meilahti, Biomedicum, Haartmaninkatu 8 (HUS)

You get the necessary information by SMS after you have filled in the symptom assessment on Omaolo and have been asked to get tested. 

The assigned test time is an estimate, please be prepared to wait. When queuing for testing, wear a face mask and keep adequate safe distances from others.

Please follow these instructions when coming in for a test

  • Wear a face mask in transit to and from the testing station
  • Take care that you practice good hand hygiene during your journey
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve
  • Maintain a safe distance from other people

Cancellation of a coronavirus test

If you or your child can not attend a booked coronavirus testing appointment, you can change or cancel the appointment at korona.vihta.com. When you change or book the appointment you need a booking key and PIN code that you received in the text message regarding the booked appointment. You can also use strong identification on the website.

If you cancel an appointment that you have booked and want to book a new one, you can also choose a different testing point.

Home tests

If your symptoms are mild and you are not at risk for serious coronavirus disease, and you are not in any of the above groups, you can take a home test if you wish.

The positive result of a home test does not need to be confirmed by a laboratory test, if

  • your symptoms are mild and do not require contacting health care,
  • you do not need an official isolation order to receive the communicable disease allowance.

If you need a test for travel or a COVID passport, please use private testing services.

The result of the home test is more reliable if the test is repeated on several consecutive days or every 2–3 days. If the home test of a symptomatic person is negative, the test can be repeated after 2–3 days if the symptoms persist.

Coronavirus home tests (THL)

I’m a recreational traveller and I want to be tested for coronavirus. What do I need to do?

Coronavirus tests provided by the public health care are not intended for recreational travellers. Recreational travellers must get tested for coronavirus at private service providers.

What you should do when you arrive in Finland and Helsinki from abroad 

Read Coronavirus FAQ and When arriving in Finland and Helsinki – information for travellers

Information for flight passengers, see finavia.fi

Instructions for people in quarantine

Travel and the coronavirus pandemic (THL)

Proof of a test result

The EU Digital COVID Certificate serves as the main form of proof of a test result. It also includes a COVID test certificate. You can download a certificate at My Kanta, and it will show your latest test result. The certificate of a COVID-19 test result will be updated on My Kanta once the test results are ready. Usually, the COVID-19 certificate is available within 24 hours of the test. Read more: EU Digital COVID Certificate can be obtained from My Kanta.

Read more: Coronavirus FAQ: Coronavirus certificates



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