Travel and transport
Continue to avoid non-essential travel
The Finnish government has issued new border traffic restrictions and travel recommendations and continues to ask that all residents avoid non-essential travel.
See the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for a list of the countries that are still subject to border control. If you are returning to Finland from one of these countries, you should self-isolate in quaratine-like conditions for 14 days before resuming contact with others.
Covid-19 testing at the Helsinki Airport
Health guidance points for ship passengers at Helsinki ports
The health guidance points at Helsinki ports offer ship passengers information on coronavirus prevention and refer passengers with symptoms indicative of covid-19 to coronavirus tests. The aim is to prevent the further spread of coronavirus infections contracted on ships and ensure passenger safety. The health guidance points do not carry out coronavirus testing, but direct passengers to other testing stations in Helsinki, if necessary.
On 7 September, the City of Helsinki opened a coronavirus testing station in Jätkäsaari, near the West Terminal 1 (address: Tyynenmerenkatu 6, building L3).
Coronavirus precautions on public transport in Helsinki
Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) has asked that capital area residents avoid non-essential travel on public transport at peak hours, so that those who have to travel can do so safely. Walking and cycling is encouraged as an alternative.
If you are sick in any way, do not use public transportation!
On 13 August 2020, the national health authority recommended that customers of public transport use a face mask to keep other safe. Customers are asked to distance themselves from other passengers at stations, stops and when onboard the vehicles. If there are seats available, sit rather than stand, but avoid sitting next to other people. If a vehicle is full, please wait for the next one.
Good hand hygiene is also being encouraged. Hand sanitizer dispensers are available at several Metro station and the Helsinki Central Railway Station. See the HSL website for more detailed safety tips and instructions.
HSL buses, trains, Metros, trams and ferries made their seasonal switch to autumn timetables in early August. The length of Metro peak service has been expanded, for example, to create more room for passengers in the cars. See the HSL website for the latest timetable information.
Recommondation: Wear a mask on public transport in different languages
- Recommendation: Wear a face mask on public transport
- Avändning av munskydd i kollektivtrafiken (in Swedish)
- Вместе — за безопасность: мы рекомендуем гигиенические маски в общественном транспорте (in Russian)
Cash and payment card ticket purchases suspended at HSL service points
Until further notice, Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) has suspended the sales of tickets paid with cash or payment cards in its service points at the Helsinki Central Railway Station and the district of Itäkeskus. The reason for this is the worsening coronavirus situation in the Metropolitan Area. Tickets can be purchased and HSL cards topped up for example at ticket machines and at the other ticket sales points. Find your closest sales point on the map
HSL service points will remain open for other transactions, such as customer group changes or the establishment of a customer relationship. The cards of invoiced customers and payment commitment customers will also be topped up normally.