Information regarding safe traveling

Coronavirus situation in Lapland now

New tightening restrictions for entering the country starts 28 December 2021
Read more at: https://raja.fi/en/guidelines-for-border-traffic-during-pandemic

Finnish Lapland welcomes travellers to visit the Arctic wonderland in a safe way. This site gives information on the travelling precautions, restrictions, and the current situation regarding the coronavirus in Finnish Lapland. This site also provides contact information for COVID-19 testing points and frequently asked questions (FAQ) for entering Finnish Lapland. 

All travel providers in Lapland are working together to make travelling and working in the travel business safe. Coronavirus safety is the responsibility of us all, let’s keep travelling safe now and in the future. Welcome to Lapland!

Travelling to Lapland is possible for all travellers who meet the following health requirements:

(Please note: all the certificates need to be in either English, Finnish, or Swedish. A certified translation can also be used as a certificate. The certificate can also be an EU digital COVID-19 certificate)

EU and Schengen area:

Please note! Starting from 28 December: As a condition for entering Finland, anyone born in or before 2005 must ALSO provide a negative COVID-19 test result that is less than 48 hours old. The result of a PCR or an Antigen test is accepted. Requirements apply until 31 December 2021 to persons born in 2005 or earlier. From 1 January 2022 onwards, the requirements apply to persons born in 2006 or earlier.

  • Person born in 2005 or earlier:
    • You can present a certificate of having received the full COVID-19 vaccines 7 days prior to arriving in Finland OR you have a proof of recovery from COVID-19 and a certificate of one vaccine shot. There is no mandatory testing for people who meet this requirement. Please refer to the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare for details about approved vaccines.
    • People arriving from Denmark and Norway are required to undergo a compulsory health check, which can be avoided by providing a negative COVID-19 test result that is less than 48 hours old.
    • You can present a certificate showing that you have recovered from the COVID-19 disease within 6 months prior to arriving in Finland. There is no mandatory testing for people who meet this requirement.
    • You have received one COVID-19 vaccine shot at least 14 days prior to arriving in Finland. In this case, you must also take a COVID-19 test 3–5 days after arriving in Finland. You must avoid contact with others and remain at home or in your place of accommodation until you receive confirmation of a negative test result.  Please refer to the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare for details about approved vaccines.
    • You can present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test taken before entering Finland. In this case, you must also take a COVID-19 test 3–5 days after arriving in Finland. You must avoid contact with others and remain at home or in your place of accommodation until you receive confirmation of a negative test result.
    • If you have no certificates whatsoever, you are obliged to take a COVID-19 test on arrival or no later than 24 hours after arrival and another test 3–5 days after arriving in Finland.
  • Children: Current health and safety guidelines state that children born in 2006 or later do not have to take part in any health security measures.

Visiting Finland from outside of the EU or Schengen area

Please note! Starting from 21 December: As a condition for entering Finland, anyone born in or before 2005 must ALSO provide a negative COVID-19 test result that is less than 48 hours old. The result of a PCR or an Antigen test is accepted. Requirements apply until 31 December 2021 to persons born in 2005 or earlier. From 1 January 2022 onwards, the requirements apply to persons born in 2006 or earlier.

The approved Entry Conditions to Finland for travelers arriving from outside the EU and Schengen area as of 21st December 2021

  • Adults: Leisure travel to Finland from outside the EU and Schengen area is not possible unless you are fully vaccinated (having received the full COVID-19 vaccines 7 days prior to Finland) OR you have a proof of recovery from COVID-19 and a certificate of one vaccine shot.
  • Children: Children aged 15 years or younger (born in 2006 or later) are allowed to enter the country with a vaccinated guardian. No health security measures.
  • Young people: Children aged 16–17 years (children born in 2005 or earlier) are allowed to enter the country with a vaccinated guardian. However, they are obliged to take part in health security measures, but they do not necessarily need to have a full vaccination series.
    • You can present a certificate showing that you have recovered from the COVID-19 disease within 6 months prior to arriving in Finland. There is no mandatory testing for people who meet this requirement.
    • You have received one COVID-19 vaccine shot at 14 days prior to arriving in Finland. In this case, you must also take a COVID-19 test 3–5 days after arriving in Finland. You must avoid contact with others and remain at home or in your place of accommodation until you receive confirmation of a negative test result. Please refer to the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare for details about approved vaccines.
    • You can present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test taken before entering Finland. In this case, you must also take a COVID-19 test 3–5 days after arriving in Finland. You must avoid contact with others and remain at home or in your place of accommodation until you receive confirmation of a negative test result.
    • If you have no certificates whatsoever, you are obliged to take a COVID-19 test on arrival or no later than 24 hours after arrival.

COVID-19 testing:

Enontekiö coronavirus website

Hetta Health Care Centre Monday–Thursday at 12:00–14:00, Friday 12:00–12:30

Karesuvanto, health centre Monday–Friday 8 a.m. – 16 p.m. Syväjärventie 3. Appointment by telephone Tel. +358 400 233 618

Muonio, on-call duty. Pirkantie 11. Monday–Friday 4–8 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Please call to make an appointment: +358 40 714 2845

Locals and visitors can seek a coronavirus test, even if not experiencing any symptoms.

Inari coronavirus website

Book a time for a coronavirus test by calling the appointment booking number of the Ivalo Health Centre, tel. +358 40 188 7400 weekdays 8:15–10 a.m. and at 1–2 p.m.

9lives:

Ivalo Airport: Mon-Sun 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Neste Saariselkä: Mon-Sun 6.30 p.m. – 8.30. p.m.

9lives

For sudden and urgent medical issues, please call the on-duty nurse that is available 24/7. Tel. +358 40 770 9187.

Kemi coronavirus website

If you have respiratory infection or other symptoms that are common for the coronavirus infection, you can book an appointment for a coronavirus test. If you are not experiencing any symptoms, there is no reason to take a test. The town’s coronavirus testing station located in the Kauppatori marketplace is only intended for people who are symptomatic, or for the residents of Kemi and Keminmaa who have been ordered by the communicable disease authorities to take the test. On weekdays the tests are carried out at the Kemi marketplace and at weekends in Tornio. If you need to take a coronavirus test due to a trip planned abroad or at the request of your employer, please book an appointment with a private health care centre (Mehiläinen, Terveystalo) or your own occupational health care service for taking a coronavirus test.

Book an appointment with the Kemi testing point

Book an appointment with the Tornio testing point

Kemi coronavirus testing is located at Sairaalakatu 1 (market). The coronavirus testing station is open Monday–Friday 8:00–14:30 by appointment only. People arriving for taking the coronavirus test mainly arrive by car and should not exit the car during testing. Cyclists and pedestrians must follow the instructions provided on site. In order to avoid any congestion, please arrive at the coronavirus testing point just before your appointment. The appointment time is indicative.

Kemijärvi coronavirus website

The new coronavirus testing point is located in Lapponia that is accessed via a separate entrance behind the building, found by going around the right side of the building. There are signs showing the way to the testing point and there is a parking space next to the testing point.

Book an appointment online

or by calling the coronavirus helpline on Monday–Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on +358 40 579 9243.

Keminmaa coronavirus website

Making an appointment for a coronavirus test shall primarily be done online. Please only make appointments by phone if making an appointment online is not possible.

Book an appointment online

Service hotline for coronavirus enquiries related to coronavirus testing, coronavirus test results and coronavirus test result certificates, Monday–Friday at 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. tel. +358 16 259 358

Kemi coronavirus testing is located at Sairaalakatu 1 (market). The coronavirus testing station is open Monday–Friday 8:00–14:30 by appointment only. People arriving for taking the coronavirus test mainly arrive by car and should not exit the car during testing. Cyclists and pedestrians must follow the instructions provided on site. In order to avoid any congestion, please arrive at the coronavirus testing point just before your appointment. The appointment time is indicative.

Kittilä coronavirus website

If you have symptoms that indicate infection with the coronavirus, you can call the health centre’s on-call phone number +358 400 356 498, available 24/7, also on public holidays. The number includes a call back service. Address: Kittilä Health Care Centre, Sairaalantie 2, 99100 Kittilä

If you are travelling in the area of Sirkka in the Levi Tourist Resort, you can seek a coronavirus test directly from the medical centres that perform free testing for people with based on a contract made with the municipality:

Bene Finlandia Levi: Daily 10:00–18:00 tel. +358 400 861 381 address Levinraitti 6, FI-99130 Sirkka

Lääkäriasema Bene

Pihlajalinna Levi: From 8 November onwards Pihlajalinna is open on weekdays 8:00–19:00 and on weekends and weekday public holidays 10:00–19:00. Special opening hours: Christmas Eve 8:00–15:00 and Christmas Day 12:00–19:00. Testing may be carried out as necessary within opening hours. tel. +358 10 312 141 address Levintie 1590, FI-99130 Sirkka

https://www.pihlajalinna.fi/

9lives: The Municipality of Kittilä offers coronavirus testing (all other tests, except for the certification intended for tourists), but also at Kittilä Airport in the 9lives container. Location: Kittilä Airport, in the immediate vicinity of the terminal. Open Monday–Sunday 11:00 – 5 p.m. No need to make an appointment. Register for the test using the link below and select “pay on site”.

Register for testing

If you have symptoms that indicate infection with the coronavirus, you can call the health centre’s on-call phone number which is open weekdays at 8 a.m. – 3 p.m +358 40 860 0090. Other times please call +358 40 860 8611. Coronavirus testing is only available by appointment.

Kolari coronavirus website

Coronavirus testing at the Kolari Health Care Centre (Sairaalatie 4b, 95900 Kolari)

Coronavirus test without an appointment every day at 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Muonio coronavirus website

Muonio coronavirus testing at HYKE (Pirkantie 11) every day without the need for an appointment at 13:00–14:00. Larger groups can make an appointment with the coronavirus nurse by dialling +358 40 662 4565 or the appointment service on +358 40 687 0364.

Pelkosenniemi coronavirus website

Always make first contact by phone before arriving to take the coronavirus test and book an appointment: Pelkosenniemi Health Care Centre on weekdays 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., tel. +358 40 563 8131. Someone who is not a resident of the municipality can also visit the Pelkosenniemi Health Care Centre.

The Sodankylä Infection Clinic and Coronavirus Hotline is open daily Monday–Friday 8:00–12:00, tel. +358 40 128 5295. If you need to contact the clinic for acute cases at weekends, please contact us by calling +358 20 692 881

Pello coronavirus website

Coronavirus testing is moved from the border crossing point back to the health centre. Coronavirus tests are focused on regular office hours. The time for seeking a coronavirus test for people crossing the national border is 24 hours after crossing the border. Please always call in advance and schedule the coronavirus test appointment.

The appointment can be made online at

Online appointment

or by calling +358 40 713 2771 on weekdays 8:00–15:30 and on Saturdays 9:00–14:00

Posio coronavirus website

Do not go to any public places if you are ill. If you are experiencing mild symptoms related to the coronavirus, go and take a coronavirus test, tel. +358 16 254 100 (cough, sore throat, runny nose, high temperature/fever, changes in taste and smell, diarrhoea). Please use a face mask when you go to take the coronavirus test. It takes 30 minutes to two hours to obtain the test result.

Ranua coronavirus website

Coronavirus testing is scheduled at the afternoon at 1–3 p.m., please contact us immediately in the morning when booking a test appointment. Book an appointment for a coronavirus test by calling +358 40 867 02 59

In English: Coronavirus testing in Rovaniemi

In Finnish: Coronavirus testing in Rovaniemi

You can go straight without an appointment at the private medical centers Mehiläinen, Terveystalo or 9Lives testing point at Lordinaukio. Getting tested is free for all, and there is no need for a referral.

The Mehiläinen drive-in testing point is available at Sairaalakatu 1. The testing point is open Mon-Fri 7.30-14.30 and Sat-Sun 8.30-11.30 AM (the latter also applies to 6.1.). You don’t have to make an appointment. You can arrive by car, but also by walking or by bike.

The Terveystalo testing point is located in the Revontuli shopping centre (Koskikatu 27). The testing point is open Mon-Fri at 7.20-2pm. The testing point is also open on Sunday 2.1 at 8am–2pm and Thursday 6.1 at 8am–2pm. You don’t have to make an appointment. You can enter testing point straight from the yard, the door is located near the Repolainen play room. Please do not spend time in the shopping centre before or after getting tested.

The testing point at Lordinaukio will open on Friday 10th of December, and serves without an appointment daily from Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 9Lives, from which Rovaniemi purchases the service, is responsible for carrying out the testing. The company’s previous testing point has been serving in the Rovaniemi airport daily for a couple of months, from 8 am to 6 pm. Before taking a 9Lives corona test, you must register in advance at korona.9lives.fi/en When it comes time to pay, by selecting “payment on the spot”, you can skip the payment transaction and the test is thus free. After registration, you can take the test without an appointment. The test result will be sent as a text message within 30-60 minutes after taking the test. Note! If you need a test certificate to travel or are unvaccinated and want to test yourself to get a Covid-19 passport, the test is no longer free of charge but comes with a price! The price of the antigen test with the certificate is 99 euros and the price of the PCR test with the certificate is 155 euros. It takes about 48 hours to receive a PCR test result.

The Lappica testing points are located at Lapinkävijäntie 2, next to the bus station. There’s one testing point on the yard and one inside (please follow the instructions). Citizens older than 6 years can book an appointment at Lappica by phone (tel. 020-692 190 Mon-Fri 7.30am–2pm, Sat-Sun 8.30am–1.30pm). The testing point is open Mon-Thurs at 7.30am–3.30pm, Friday at 7.30am–2.30pm. In the weekends the testing point is open at 10.30am–2.30pm as follows: Saturday 1.1.2022 Sunday 2.1. 2022 Sunday 9.1. 2022 Sunday 16.1.2022 Sunday 23.1. 2022 Sunday 30.1. 2022

When traveller’s own country or airline require a negative corona test for return, the covid test in Rovaniemi can be done at a private medical centre at the customer’s own expense. More information about coronavirus testing for departure from Rovaniemi, Finland: https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/covid-19-guidelines/

Salla coronavirus website

Coronavirus testing on weekdays Monday–Friday 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. +358 45 665 3454

Savukoski coronavirus website

Always make contact by telephone before coming for a test and book an appointment:

Savukoski health care centre weekdays 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., tel. +358 40 563 7757

Please note: there is NO coronavirus testing at the Savukoski Health Care Centre!

Pelkosenniemi health care centre, weekdays 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., tel. +358 40 563 8131. Someone who is not a resident of the municipality can also visit the Pelkosenniemi health care centre.

The Sodankylä Infection Clinic and Coronavirus Hotline is open daily Monday–Friday 8:00–12:00, tel. +358 40 128 5295. If you need to contact the clinic for acute cases at weekends, please contact us by calling +358 20 692 881

Kemijärvi Wellbeing Centre Lapponia Monday–Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Appointments can be made online at:

Appointment

or by telephone, tel. +358 40 579 9243, Monday–Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Someone who is not a resident of the municipality can also visit the Kemijärvi health care centre.

More online information

Simo coronavirus website

We kindly request you first contact us by telephone during office hours at Oulunkaari Health Care Centre, which will assess the follow-up measures to be taken: Reception of the Simo Health Care Centre, tel. +358 8 5875 6900

Residents of Northern Ostrobothnia can also take a coronavirus test at weekends and outside hours by utilising the Oulu region’s joint emergency on-call centre. You can also take a coronavirus test by booking an appointment using the Nordlab appointment booking system.

Nordlab appointments

You should normally take a coronavirus test in the municipality where you are living, but if you are unable to take the test in your own municipality, joint on-call duty provides coronavirus testing as follows: Monday to Sunday for those over 16 years of age at the joint medical on-call service for the Oulu region, and for people under the age of 16 years from Monday to Sunday at the paediatric on-call department of the Oulaskangas hospital, also open on weekends and during public holidays. Coronavirus testing is open Monday–Sunday 7:15–21:00, and the appointment bookings are opened at 22:00 on the previous day. Please remember to bring with you your Kela card, driving licence, or passport. There is a separate entrance for coronavirus testing, the K door. Coronavirus testing at the paediatric on-call department is open on weekdays at 13:00–18:00 (making an appointment is possible starting from 10:00) and on weekends (and weekday public holidays) at 11:00–18:00 (making an appointment is possible starting from 8:00).

In the Länsi-Pohja area, coronavirus testing is available during weekends starting from 7 November 2020. Testing is done at the Tornio Health Advisory Point, where the residents of the Simo municipality are also welcome on weekends. The coronavirus testing station is open on Saturdays 9:00–15:00, and on Sundays 9:00–14:00. Only people with appointments will be given the coronavirus test. Contact details of the coronavirus testing station: Tornio coronavirus testing station, Pakkahuoneenkatu 1

Appointments

A face mask must be used when going to take the test. While waiting for the results of the coronavirus test, please stay at home and avoid all public places. If you have an important reason to leave your home while waiting for the test result, you must use a face mask.

Sodankylä coronavirus website

Coronavirus testing is carried out at the Sopukka infection reception, with signposts in the parking area showing how to access the separate entrance to Sopukka. The personnel of Sopuka will give you instructions on the phone regarding the coronavirus test.

The Sodankylä Infection Clinic and Coronavirus Hotline is open daily Monday–Friday 8:00–12:00, tel. +358 40 128 5295. If you need to contact the clinic for acute cases at weekends, please contact us by calling +358 20 692 881

You can also book an appointment for a coronavirus test through the online service. The use of online services requires a Finnish personal identity number.

Using the online services

The coronavirus hotline uses a callback service, if they were unable to answer. All you have to do is leave your callback request and you will get a call back later. Calls are returned every day through to 9 p.m.

Tervola coronavirus testing

Tervola coronavirus website

Weekdays at 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tervola Health Care Centre: +358 40 151 9700 or +358 40 151 9701

At weekends, the local residents of Tervola are served by the coronavirus testing point for Tornio, for which an appointment must be made for the Tornio Health Information Point at Pakkahuoneenkatu 1, (parking area at the end of the Greenline Customs). The coronavirus testing point is open on Saturdays 9 a.m. –3 p.m. and on Sundays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. On arrival at the coronavirus testing point (blue-coloured testing container), please leave your vehicle in the marked area and continue on foot to the coronavirus testing point. To avoid congestion, please arrive at the coronavirus testing point just before your appointment. The appointment allocated is indicative.

Coronavirus testing in Tornio

Tornio coronavirus website

Omaolo test

The coronavirus testing point for Tornio is located at Pakkahuoneenkatu 1 (the parking area at the end of the Greenline Customs). Coronavirus testing is only available by appointment and is intended for local residents only. At weekends, residents of other municipalities in Länsi-Pohja can also use the Tornio coronavirus testing point. Upon arrival for the coronavirus test, please leave your vehicle in the marked area. Continue on foot to the blue-coloured coronavirus testing container (third container). To avoid congestion, please arrive at the coronavirus testing point just before your appointment.

Coronavirus testing in Tornio

Utsjoki coronavirus website

Apply for a coronavirus test immediately if you experience any symptoms! Weekdays: Utsjoki Health Care Centre tel. +358 40 181 0285 Karigasniemi on-call nurse tel. +358 40 758 2076 in the evenings, weekends and public holidays: Utsjoki Health Care Centre ward section tel. +358 40 181 0281

Ylitornio coronavirus website

On weekdays at 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The coronavirus test is available by contacted the local nurse in your area:

1st Region doctor – nurse, asthma nurse Elina Alaniemi tel. +358 16 571 710

2nd Region doctor– nurse, service manager Sirpa Uusimaa tel. +358 16 571 720

3rd Region doctor– nurse Sanna Rautio tel. +358 16 571 730

At weekends, the residents of Ylitornio will be served by appointment at Tornio Health Care Information Point at Pakkahuoneenkatu 1, (parking area at the end of the Greenline Customs). The coronavirus testing point is open on Saturdays 9 a.m. –3 p.m. and on Sundays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. On arrival at the coronavirus testing point (blue-coloured testing container), please leave your vehicle in the marked area and continue on foot to the coronavirus testing point. To avoid congestion, please arrive at the coronavirus testing point just before your appointment. The appointment allocated is indicative.

Coronavirus testing in Tornio

For more information:

For official information and more details on these entry requirements, please refer to the Finnish Border Guard and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

More information on entry requirements is also available on the Finnish Government’s COVID-19 website. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Leisure travel to Finland from non-EU / non-Schengen / from other than low-risk countries:

A: Yes, a young person can come to Finland accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

  • If this young person has no certificate
    • an entry test (within 24 hours) and test in Finland 3–5 days after arrival are required
  • If this young person has a negative COVID-19 test taken prior to arrival OR has received the first dose of the vaccine 14 days prior to arrival
    • test in Finland 3–5 days after arrival is required
  • If this young person has received a full series of vaccines OR can produce proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the past 6 months
    • no test is needed

A: All travellers from non-Schengen countries go through border control. All passports are checked and the required COVID-19 certificates are also checked. Then travellers go to the baggage claim hall and exit via the customs.

Travel restrictions and precautions

1. Take the coronavirus test

If you fall ill, even if you have mild symptoms, go for a coronavirus test and stay isolated until you receive the results of the test. There is a very low threshold for tests – make an appointment for your coronavirus test with your local health centre. Find the contact details for your locality from the section “Ask for advice or book an appointment for a coronavirus test.

2. Maintain a safe distance at all times

Adhere to social distancing rules in shops and public gatherings outdoors and indoors. Try to avoid all public gatherings.

3. Use a face mask

Face masks are recommended in the following situations:

  • When using public transport
  • When leaving home for a coronavirus test.
  • Passengers arriving in Finland from a risk area making their way from the place of arrival to quarantine or who they have an urgent reason to spend time outside the home during quarantine.
  • In all other situations, with indoor gatherings where close contacts cannot always be avoided.
  • If you belong to one of the risk groups, in addition to other precautions, use a face mask in shops, public indoor areas, public transport and other similar situations to make sure you are protected. The use of a surgical nose and mouth face mask is recommended.

The use of a face mask shows consideration for others and should be practiced. When the infection situation changes in Lapland, we will provide more recommendations, if necessary.

4. Cough in the correct way

Cough or sneeze into a disposable handkerchief or your own sleeve.

5. Take care of hand hygiene

Make sure you wash or disinfect your hands many times a day. A pocket-sized bottle of disinfectant is easy to carry with you!

6. Monitor the situation

Monitor coronavirus announcements, i.e. the so-called “Corona Status”. The coronavirus situation is not yet over, so please monitor how the situation develops, follow the guidelines and act responsibly.

7. Care

Don’t leave anyone alone, let’s take care of each other and enjoy life.