Coronavirus testing in Finland
The aim of testing travellers for the coronavirus is to prevent the spread of the virus and to direct patients to treatment. We recommend getting tested, as it can also shorten your self-quarantine period.
You can make an appointment for a coronavirus test in Finland through the FINENTRY service. Travellers entering the country can get a coronavirus test in Finland free of charge.
The Helsinki area has about 50 coronavirus testing locations. Helsinki Airport also has a testing site for air passengers who need to get a coronavirus test immediately after they arrive.
The sample for the coronavirus test is taken from the nasopharynx or pharynx with a swab.
You will be notified of your test result via SMS within about 24 hours.
- If the result is positive, you will be contacted by the health authorities and ordered to quarantine in order to prevent infecting others.
Self-quarantining is a good way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and to ensure our collective safety. It is especially important if you are travelling to Finland from a country with a high incidence of coronavirus.
Self-quarantining means that you avoid close contact with anyone outside of your family or travel group whenever possible and stay at home or at your place of accommodation. Self-quarantining for 14 days helps to protect others from potential infection. You can shorten your self-quarantine period by getting a negative result from a coronavirus test. You can learn more about self-quarantine here.
Official quarantine is an authoritative decision made by an infectious disease specialist. The infectious disease specialist may order an asymptomatic person to quarantine if the person has been exposed to the coronavirus. The quarantine usually lasts for 14 days. An official quarantine cannot be shortened with coronavirus tests. You can learn more about quarantine here.
Isolation means that a person with an infectious disease is isolated from those who are healthy. The purpose is to avoid possible further transmissions. The person may be isolated in a hospital or at home.