Travel and transport
Travel to and from Finland
Starting on 14 May, cross-border commuting for employment, commissions and other essential traffic will be permitted across the Schengen internal borders. Persons arriving from abroad to work in Finland must be prepared to prove their work-related grounds for entry in connection with border checks. These restrictions and those decided earlier concerning external border traffic will remain in force until 14 June.
Every citizen of Finland always has the right to return to Finland, and everyone has the right to leave the country. Recreational travel abroad is still not recommended, until further notice.
All people arriving in the country are required to self-isolate in quarantine-like conditions for a period of 14 days. Passengers in Helsinki who experiences symptoms of a respiratory infection after arrival should ring the Coronavirus Helpline at tel. 09 310 10024 on weekdays from 7 am to 8 pm, and at other times, the nationwide Medical Helpline at tel. 116 117.
Only Helsinki, Turku and Mariehamn airports are allowing international passenger flights at this time.
Maritime passenger traffic is also being reopened as of 14 May. Tickets may be sold to anyone with the right of entry, and conditions for right of entry may be verified at the port.
During transport, passengers should avoid physical contact, maintain a safe distance from others and observe good hand and respiratory hygiene.
HSL starts to refund season tickets to people aged 70 or more
We will refund season tickets that have been valid during the period from 18 March to 31 May to people aged 70 or more. Refund for season tickets that have remained unused on account of coronavirus quarantine may be applied for until 15 July. A refund application can be sent free of charge by post.
The sea belongs to everyone also during exceptional times
Helsinki’s proximity to the sea is especially important for its residents in the current exceptional circumstances. Helsinkians have the luxury of an easy access to the archipelago during the summer. Water transport has begun in stages during May and will resume more broadly in the beginning of June with familiar and even slightly unknown destinations. For example, Vallisaari, Isosaari and Lonna all offer their own personal packages of maritime atmosphere. Helsinki’s beaches will open according to normal summer schedules on 1 June considering the current exceptional circumstances with guidelines from the Finnish Swimming Teaching and Lifesaving Federation.
Changes to public transport in Helsinki
Avoid travel on public transport, if possible
Customers of public transport have been advised to avoid unnecessary travel, so that those who are dependent on the services can travel safely. Work from home, use a bike or walk instead. Avoid travel during rush hours, if possible (weekdays from 7 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 6 pm.
The best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus on public transport is to maintain a safe distance to other passengers and practice good hand hygiene. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. It is a good idea to carry hand sanitizer with you in order to disinfect your hands when necessary. Hand sanitizer dispensers have recently been installed at all metro stations.
Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) has transitioned to a reduced summer timetable. Extended night services do not operate. On Fridays, for example, buses run according to the Monday-Thursday service schedule. A Sunday service operates on Saturdays.
As of 14 May, winter timetables on some HSL route have been reinstated, however, to provide suffiicient services for comprehensive students returning to schools.
Drivers of buses and trams have stopped selling tickets onboard the vehicles to limit exposure.
The public transport service has decided to refund some season tickets, for example, for customers over the age of 70. Look for further general instructions about Helsinki area public transportation and the coronavirus on the HSL website.
Other travel updates
City bike season open
The city bike season has opened earlier than normal this year, due to the coronavirus outbreak. Using bikes instead of public transport may help stop the spread of covid-19. Remember to practice good hand hygiene before and after you use a city bike.