Information regarding safe traveling

Coronavirus situation in Lapland now

Finnish Lapland welcomes travelers to visit the arctic wonderland in a safe way. This site gives information on the travelling precautions, restrictions and current situation regarding coronavirus in Finnish Lapland and Finland. All travel providers in Lapland are working together to make travelling and working in travel business safe. Corona safety is responsibility of us all, lets keep the traveling safe now and in the future.

Finland and Lapland has been able to keep corona ratings on a low level. That is due to our active precaution operations on governmental, health authority and travel operator -level. Corona testing capacity and capability to tracking down infection chains are on a high level. With strong co-operation between health authorities the travel operators has implement risk assessment and management procedures to cover whole travel journey.

Corona status

Coronavirus situation in Lapland now

Wednesday 13 October 2021

The translated version of the coronavirus review for Lapland is published weekly.


You still need to take a coronavirus test even when experiencing the mildest of symptoms, if you have the risk of being infected with a severe case of the coronavirus disease, or if you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, or you are employed in the social and health sector.

Links pertaining to the current situation:
Lapland’s official instructions for travellers who suspect they may have caught the coronavirus  Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL): Travel and the coronavirus pandemic
Additional guidelines, current recommendations, and restrictions for hospital districts
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL): Progress with COVID-19 vaccinations

Lapland Hospital District

(information as of 13 October at 12:59)

The Lapland Hospital District is in the baseline phase of the epidemic.

The incidence rate based on the last two weeks (27 September – 10 October) is 56.5 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The incidence rate based on one week (4–10 October) is 21.4 per 100,000 inhabitants.

This incidence rate also includes cases of patients who live outside the Lapland Hospital District area. For this reason, the figure can differ from that announced by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) that does not count those living outside of Lapland.  

Four new coronavirus infections were confirmed this week – all in Rovaniemi and all with people already in quarantine

Two (2) new coronavirus cases have been confirmed since the previous review. Both cases were reported in Rovaniemi and the persons were already in quarantine.

Last week (week no. 40, 4–10 October), a total of 25 coronavirus infections were confirmed in the Lapland Hospital District. 23 of these infections were confirmed in Rovaniemi. A total of 2420 coronavirus tests were taken in the Lapland Hospital District last week, with 2246 of these being rapid antigen tests. The proportion of positive test cases in relation to the total number of tests taken was 1.03 percent.

Of the total population of Finland, 74.7 percent have received the first dose of the vaccine and 63.7 percent have received the second dose.
Of the total population of Finland, 74.3 percent have received the first dose of the vaccine and 64.8 percent have received the second dose.

List of exposure sites for the last two weeks (updated on 11 October)

  • Wednesday 29 September Luckiefun’s restaurant, Rovaniemi at 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday 29 September Restaurant Puhti, Santasport, Rovaniemi at 12:30–1:30 p.m. and 6:30–7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 29 September Minimani, Rovaniemi at 7–7:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday 5 October Gustav Kitchen & Bar, Rovaniemi at 11:35 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Tuesday 5 October Revontuli Shopping Centre, Rovaniemi at 1:30–2 p.m.
  • Wednesday 6 October K-Supermarket Kauppatori, Rovaniemi at 1–1:15 p.m.
  • Thursday 7 October S-market Ahola Posio at 12 noon – 12:30 p.m. (new)
  • Saturday 9 October K-Citymarket Saarenkylä, Rovaniemi at 2–2:40 p.m. (new)
  • Saturday 9 October Hesburger Saarenkylä, Rovaniemi at 2:45–3:40 (new)
  • Saturday 9 October Lidl Saarenkylä, Rovaniemi at 3:45–4 p.m. (new)

It is recommended that all visitors at the times mentioned in those locations monitor their own health and seek a COVID-19 test, even if experiencing the slightest of  symptoms.

Number of positive coronavirus tests confirmed in the Lapland Hospital District by week

Week no. 39 (27 September – 3 October): 41 cases
Week no. 40 (4–10 October): 25 cases
Week number 41 (current week): Four (4) cases (as of 13 October at 12:59)

The total number of cases confirmed in the Lapland Hospital District on the basis of coronavirus tests conducted at testing stations is 1,559. This figure also includes persons living outside the area.

Infection Control Unit

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Länsi-Pohja Hospital District

(information as of 13 October at 13:20)
The coronavirus review for the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District is mainly published on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Länsi-Pohja Hospital District is in the acceleration phase of the epidemic.

Regional Pandemic Working Group: Länsi-Pohja is in the acceleration phase

During last week, 54 coronavirus infections were confirmed in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District. During this week, the number new confirmed infections to date is 14. The majority of infections are with people who have not received the vaccine, with only one person who has been vaccinated.

Although the coronavirus situation in Länsi-Pohja has deteriorated in recent weeks, there are currently no coronavirus patients in hospital care. However, on the basis of the number of cases of infection, the epidemic is in the accelerating phase in the Länsi-Pohja area.

To date, 73 percent of all people eligible to receive the vaccine in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District have received at least one dose. Approximately 61.4 of the population has received two doses of the vaccine. Vaccines are well available in the municipalities of the region. Municipalities inform about vaccination matters on their websites.

The recommendation for remote working will continue until the end of the year

As the situation in the region has deteriorated, it is still advisable to observe the COVID-19 safety measures, good hand hygiene and safe distancing. It is also recommended to continue to use face masks in situations where the safe distancing cannot be guaranteed. The national recommendation to use face masks in upper secondary schools has now been lifted. The Regional Pandemic Work Group for Länsi-Pohja recommends using face masks in schools when infections occur.

The national recommendation for remote working will also be lifted this Friday. In the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District, the recommendation for remote working will continue until the end of the year.

The coronavirus recommendations currently applied in the Länsi-Pohja area are listed on the Hospital District website. The coronavirus recommendations and restrictions will be reviewed once again next week.

The Länsi-Pohja Regional Pandemic Working Group

For more information, please contact: Medical Director Petra Portakorva, tel. 040 168 5211

List of exposure sites in the Länsi-Pohja region

  • Friday 8 October City bus service Kiviranta departing at 12:30 p.m. between Pudas and the town centre
  • Saturday 9 October Intersport Mäkimaa, Tornio at 11:30 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Saturday 9 October Tornio Library

People are encouraged to monitor their health and if symptoms occur, a coronavirus test must be taken.

Number of positive coronavirus tests confirmed in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District by week

Week no. 39 (27 September – 3 October): 45 cases
Week no. 40 (4–10 October): 54 cases
Week number 41 (current week): 14 cases (as of 13 October at 13:20) 

The total number of cases confirmed in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District on the basis of coronavirus tests conducted at testing stations is 1,050.

Infection Control Unit

State Incidence rate

current (previous)

France 85 / ()
Germany 146 / ()
UK 821 / ()
Netherlands 226 / ()
Spain 49 / ()
Italy 60 / ()
Sweden 80 / ()
Norway 108 / ()
Estonia 1 065 / ()
Russia 270 / ()

Updated 18.10.2021 10:10, Source: Johns Hopkins University
Incidence rate 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants

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.