Travelling via Finland
Transit restrictions may apply when you travel via Finland.
Please note that entry restrictions are subject to change on a short notice. As a traveller you are always responsible for ensuring that you fullfill the requirements of your destination and possible transit country. You can see transit requirements for travelling via Finland here.
You can also see the current travel requirements for travelling via Finland from the Finnish Border Guard’s website.
We guide you through the transfer at Helsinki Airport
We are committed in making the transfer experience at Helsinki Airport pleasant and smooth for you. All arrivals and departures take place in the same terminal building. Distances are short and gates are along the same walkway.
After you arrive in Helsinki, we ask you to remain in the transit area. Leaving the transit area or terminal or moving from the non-Schengen area to the Schengen area is possible only if you are eligible for entry to Finland. Depending on your origin and destination countries, you may need to go through a border control at Helsinki Airport when transferring to your connecting flight. Please check more information on travelling to Finland here.
Please note that the maximum allowed transit time at Helsinki Airport is 24 hours. You can check available services at Helsinki Airport on Finavia’s website here.
The authorities at your destination, or transfer country, may ask you to show proof of the route you have travelled. Please have a copy of your itinerary with you and save your boarding passes from all flights as you may need to show them at some stage of your journey. Kindly reserve some extra time to proceed to the gate of your connecting flight. You can check the departure gate for your next flight through airport monitors.
Health check and coronavirus testing at Helsinki Airport
The Finnish health authority requires all customers arriving in Finland from restricted countries will be directed to a mandatory health check and a possible coronavirus testing as part of it upon arrival at Helsinki Airport:
If you are continuing from an international flight to another international flight, you are not directed to a health check at Helsinki Airport, unless you are connecting to China.
If you are travelling via Helsinki to China, you are required to take a coronavirus test at Helsinki Airport. Please read more information here.
If you are continuing from an international flight to a domestic flight within Finland the health check is mandatory – please let the airport staff know, if your connection time is short.
It is good to know that when you are arriving on a Finnair flight and holding a negative coronavirus test result certificate, a certificate of a coronavirus vaccination or a recovery certificate, you are not subject to the test upon arrival. You can read more about the accepted certificates here.
You can find more information about testing at Helsinki Airport here.
Please check your transit and final destination’s entry requirements. You can find the latest entry restrictions via the destination country's government website, or from the applicable Embassy or Consulate.
Check your options here, if your travel plans change due to the travel restrictions.