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Most common questions about coronavirus and flying with Finnair

Entry requirements to Belgium

31 July 2020

Belgium has introduced requirements for customers arriving in the country as of 1 August 2020.

  • You are required to complete an online Public health passenger locator form prior to travel.
  • The form can be completed earliest 48 hours before your journey to Belgium here.
  • After filling the form, you will receive a health QR-code. You need to show this QR-code (paper-print or mobile screenshot) to the airline representative at the time of boarding and to the authorities at the airport when entering Belgium.

Check your options from TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS’ EFFECTS ON TRAVELLING article on this same page, if your travel plans change due to the travel restrictions. 

Please note:

Entry restrictions might be subject to change on short notice. All customers are responsible for ensuring that they are allowed entry into the country they are travelling from, to or are in transit through.

Latest entry restrictions can be found via the IATA website and appropriate consulate or embassy.

Entry requirements to China

17 July 2020

The  Chinese authorities have introduced new requirements for customers arriving in China. 

  • Foreign visitors must hold a visa that has been issued after 28 March 2020. Please go to IATA website for more information and exceptions.
  • All customers are required to complete an electronic health declaration form prior to travel and show proof of having completed the form to the airline before boarding and to the authorities on arrival (a print/screenshot of the QR-code received upon completion of the electronic form).  The electronic declaration can be made via the following channels: WeChat, downloadable Mobile App or at http://health.customsapp.com/home/pages/index/index.html
  • In addition to the electronic health declaration form mentioned above, Chinese nationals who have visited one of the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the UK or USA are required to download a health monitoring App and record their health condition via the App for 14 days prior to travel and show the airline and authorities the QR-code for their approval to return to China (green light to return to China).  
  • Temperature scanning will be performed at the departure gate in Helsinki for all customers. Those not fulfilling the health requirements set by the Chinese health authorities and those showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied boarding.  
  • Random temperature scanning is also performed during the flight.
  • All customers must wear facial masks during the whole flight and should not remove their masks unless necessary, e.g., during meals.
  • All customers will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival and will be quarantined for 14 days in designated places.

Check your options from TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS’ EFFECTS ON TRAVELLING article on this same page, if your travel plans change due to the travel restrictions. 

Please note:

Entry restrictions might be subject to change on short notice. All customers are responsible for ensuring that they are allowed entry into the country they are travelling from, to or are in transit through.

Latest entry restrictions can be found via the IATA website and appropriate consulate or embassy.

Entry requirements to Denmark

10 July 2020, last updated 14 July 2020

The Danish authorities have introduced new requirements for customers arriving in Denmark.   

  • If travelling as a tourist, you are required to stay in Denmark for a minimum of 6 nights and hold proof of confirmed accommodation.  This documentation needs to be shown at the departure gate and upon arrival in Denmark. If you will stay at a relatives or friends place, you need to be able to provide the authorities the address and the contact details of your host.
  • Passengers visiting spouses, family members, relatives, boyfriends, girlfriends residing in Denmark and who will stay at that person’s home, are exempt from the requirement to stay 6 nights. They must show a proof of the relationship to the Danish Border Police on arrival (e.g. marriage certificate, birth certificate, email from boyfriend/girlfriend stating they have been in a relationship for more than 3 months and sign a legal affidavit on arrival confirming the relationship.) False declaration can lead to fines. Passenger must also hold a return or onward ticket to be allowed to enter.
  • If you are transiting via Denmark to a third country, you need to have a confirmed flight, train or bus ticket departing from Copenhagen airport, entering Copenhagen city is not allowed. If you have parked your car at Copenhagen airport and will be driving to a neighbouring country, you may need to show proof to the Danish authorities of having parked your car at the airport. 

For more information, we recommend you visit IATA’s website and the Danish Police webpage

Check your options from TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS’ EFFECTS ON TRAVELLING article on this same page, if your travel plans change due to the travel restrictions.

Please note:

Entry restrictions might be subject to change on short notice. All customers are responsible for ensuring that they are allowed entry into the country they are travelling from, to or are in transit through.

Latest entry restrictions can be found via the IATA website and appropriate consulate or embassy.

Entry requirements to Greece

10 July 2020

Greece has introduced new requirements for customers arriving in the country.   

  • You are required to complete an online health declaration form prior to travel 
  • The form must be completed latest 24 hours prior to travel in order to obtain a QR-code, which shall be presented to the airline at the time of boarding and to the authorities upon arrival in Greece 
  • You will find the form via this page (works only in Chrome) 
  • You must provide detailed information on your point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries and your address/hotel name in Greece, passport/ID-card details, email address and flight information 
  • Providing false information may result in a fine being imposed on the passenger 
  • Arriving in Greece without having submitted an online health declaration form in advance will result in the passenger being fined and denied entry 
  • A confirmation email will be sent upon submission of the online health declaration form 
  • You will receive the QR-code via email one day before your scheduled flight arrival in Greece 
  • You are required to wear a face mask at the airport terminals in Greece

Check your options from TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS’ EFFECTS ON TRAVELLING article on this same page, if your travel plans change due to the travel restrictions.

Please note:

Entry restrictions might be subject to change on short notice. All customers are responsible for ensuring that they are allowed entry into the country they are travelling from, to or are in transit through.

Latest entry restrictions can be found via the IATA website and appropriate consulate or embassy.

Entry requirements to Hong Kong

26 June 2020, updated 27 July 2020

The Hong Kong authorities have introduced new requirements for customers arriving in Hong Kong as of 27 July 2020. 

  • You are required to fill out health declaration and quarantine forms. The Hong Kong health authorities recommend that you do this electronically earliest 48h prior to arrival via this link.
  • Also, you will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival.
  • There are restrictions in place for foreigners arriving in Hong Kong, for example EU-nationals are not allowed entry currently, unless holding residence permits. For more information, we recommend you to visit IATA’s website.
  • Customers who have been in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Kazakhstan or in the USA in the past 14 days must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result that has been issued maximum 72 hours before flight departure. The certificate must be in Chinese or English and bear the name of the customer and his/her identity card or passport number. Customers will also need to provide a confirmation of a room reservation in Hong Kong for at least 14 days starting on the day of arrival. These documents need to be shown to the airline agent before being accepted on the flight and to the authorities on arrival.

Check your options from TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS’ EFFECTS ON TRAVELLING article on this same page, if your travel plans change due to the travel restrictions.

Please note:

Entry restrictions might be subject to change on short notice. All customers are responsible for ensuring that they are allowed entry into the country they are travelling from, to or are in transit through.

Latest entry restrictions can be found via the IATA website and appropriate consulate or embassy.

Entry requirements to Japan

26 June 2020

The Japanese authorities have introduced new requirements for customers arriving in the country as of 19 March 2020.

  • For example, as an EU national, including children and spouses of Japanese nationals, you are required to obtain a visa prior to travel to Japan, unless you hold a permanent resident card or are a long-term resident with a re-entry permit. Visas issued before 20 March 2020 are no longer valid.
  • Upon arrival in Japan, you will be tested for COVID-19 and will be held in a designated area, at your own expense, until the test result is received. This is normally a one-night stay.
  • In addition, you will be requested to stay at a location designated by the Quarantine Station Chief for 14 days, again at your own expense, and to refrain from using public transportation. Japanese nationals and residents may self-quarantine at home.

Check your options from TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS’ EFFECTS ON TRAVELLING article on this same page, if your travel plans change due to the travel restrictions.

Please note:

Entry restrictions might be subject to change on short notice. All customers are responsible for ensuring that they are allowed entry into the country they are travelling from, to or are in transit through.

Latest entry restrictions can be found via the IATA website and appropriate consulate or embassy.

Entry requirements to Singapore

29 July 2020

Singapore has introduced requirements for customers arriving in the country.

  • All customers, including Singapore citizens are required to complete an arrival and health declaration form online prior to arrival
  • You can provide the information earliest 36 hours before your journey
  • Temperature screening will be performed for all customers at the departure gate in Helsinki. Those not fulfilling the health requirements set by the destination health authorities and those showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied boarding
  • It is mandatory by the destination authorities for all passenger over 2 years of age to wear a mask during the flight and masks should not be removed unless necessary, e.g. during meals
  • All customers are required to serve a Stay-Home Notice (SHN) when entering Singapore
  • Transferring via Singapore from Finnair flight AY131 to other destinations is not allowed

Entry to Singapore is only allowed for citizens and permanent residents of Singapore. For exceptions and more information please go to the IATA website.

Check your options from TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS’ EFFECTS ON TRAVELLING article on this same page, if your travel plans change due to the travel restrictions. 

Please note:

Entry restrictions might be subject to change on short notice. All customers are responsible for ensuring that they are allowed entry into the country they are travelling from, to or are in transit through.

Latest entry restrictions can be found via the IATA website and appropriate consulate or embassy.

Entry requirements to Spain

15 July 2020, updated 30 July 2020

Spain has introduced new requirements for customers arriving in the country. This applies to all persons travelling to Spain from other countries, including Spanish nationals. A completed health control form must be presented to the authorities upon arrival.

  • You are required to complete an online health control form prior to travel.
  • The health control form can be completed earliest 48 hours before arrival to Spain online or by downloading the SpTH App from Google play or iOS App Store.
  • Each form is personal and non-transferable, and it is associated with a single trip.
  • When you have signed the form on the web or in the app, you will receive a health QR Code. You need to show this QR-code (paper-print or mobile screenshot) to the airline representative at the time of boarding and to the authorities at the airport when entering Spain.

Check your options from TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS’ EFFECTS ON TRAVELLING article on this same page, if your travel plans change due to the travel restrictions.

Please note:

Entry restrictions might be subject to change on short notice. All customers are responsible for ensuring that they are allowed entry into the country they are travelling from, to or are in transit through.

Latest entry restrictions can be found via the IATA website and appropriate consulate or embassy.

Entry requirements to South Korea

26 June 2020, updated 4 August 2020

South Korea has introduced new requirements for customers arriving in the country as of 3 June 2020.

  • Several foreign travelers previously visa exempt now need to obtain a visa to enter the country (excluding APEC Business Travel Card holders)
  • Foreign residents of Korea will need a re-entry permit and a medical certificate issued earliest 48 hours prior to travel, indicating that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms (a COVID-19 negative laboratory test result is not required prior to travel). This medical certificate requirement only applies to residents who have left South Korea after 1 June 2020. 
  • Temperature screening will be performed at the departure gate in Helsinki for passengers travelling to Korea. Those not fulfilling the health requirements set by the Korean health authorities and those showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied boarding.
  • On arrival, you will be tested for fever and respiratory symptom at the entry health screening as well as for COVID-19, and you must stay at a designated quarantine facility for 1 or 2 days until a test result is obtained.
  • In addition, you need to stay at a designated quarantine facility for 14 days at your own expense.
  • All arriving passengers are required to download a Self-Diagnosis Mobile App. 

You can go to IATA website for more information about current travel restrictions and requirements in different countries before you leave.

Check your options from TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS’ EFFECTS ON TRAVELLING article on this same page, if your travel plans change due to the travel restrictions.

Please note:

Entry restrictions might be subject to change on short notice. All customers are responsible for ensuring that they are allowed entry into the country they are travelling from, to or are in transit through.

Latest entry restrictions can be found via the IATA website and appropriate consulate or embassy.

Entry requirements to UK

7 July 2020

The UK has introduced new requirements for customers arriving in the country. You must provide information about your journey and your contact details before you arrive in the country via this page. You can provide the information earliest 48 hours before your journey. Please take with you a print or a screenshot of the completed form, as you will be required to show one to the authorities upon arrival. Please note also that if you have during the last 14 days, visited one of the countries that are on the UK quarantine requirement list, you are required to self-isolate for 14 days when you arrive in the UK.

For more information, you can check the government's official webpage for entering the country and public health measures for all UK arrivals.

The UK authorities will update information about the travel restrictions every three weeks, for this reason, we recommend that you follow the situation carefully and check the current requirements before your journey.

Please note:

Entry restrictions might be subject to change on short notice. All customers are responsible for ensuring that they are allowed entry into the country they are travelling from, to or are in transit through.

Latest entry restrictions can be found via the IATA website and appropriate consulate or embassy.

Changes in our traffic plan on 1 July 2020 - 31 March 2021, see instructions if you have a booking for 1 July onwards

18 May 2020, last updated 29 June 2020

As travel restrictions are being removed in different countries, air travel starts to recover gradually. We will gradually add frequencies and routes back to our network from July onwards. We intend to operate approximately 30% of our normal amount of flights in July, and we will add routes and frequencies month by month as demand recovers, taking into account the changes in travel restrictions in different countries.

This means that we cancel flights from our previously published traffic plan for 1 July 2020 - 31 March 2021. Some routes will be temporarily cancelled until the end of March 2021.

We are extremely sorry about the harm and uncertainty this situation causes you. 

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY FLIGHT IS CANCELLED?

You’ll see the list of routes that are entirely cancelled on 1 July 2020 - 31 March 2021 here.

We cancel several flights to other destinations as well as of 1 July. Up-to-date travel periods can be checked on the booking engine and on the Destinations pages. We’ll cancel the flights from our systems gradually by 30 June 2020. If your flight is cancelled, we’ll contact you personally via SMS and/or email. Please go to Manage booking and check that we have your current contact information. 

We contact you as follows if your flight is cancelled:

  • Flights cancelled in July: we contact you by 31 May
  • Flights cancelled in August: we contact you by 7 June
  • Flights cancelled in September: we contact you by 14 June
  • Flights cancelled on 1 October 2020 - 31 March 2021: we contact you by 30 June

Due to the travel restriction policies in different countries, further cancellations are possible. We will contact you personally via SMS and/or email in case your flight is affected at any stage.

Processing flights to/from China may take longer because we are waiting for confirmation from the local authorities.


IF YOUR FLIGHT ON/AFTER 1 JULY IS CANCELLED

When your flight is on the list of cancelled routes or you have received a message of a flight cancellation, these are your options:

  • You can change your travel dates until 31 May 2021 without a change fee via Manage booking. If you can’t make the change yourself online, our customer service will assist you. You can change your travel dates if
    • You made your booking via Finnair channels.
    • You have a Finnair operated and marketed flight.
    • There are available seats on your chosen new flight in the same cabin class.
    • You make the change before the departure of your original flight. You need to select new dates for your travel when making the change.
  • We do our best to re-route you to your destination with other Finnair flights. Please note that the availability of alternative flights is limited at the moment. We’ll send you your possible new flight information via SMS and/or email, and you can check it and other possible flight options also at Manage booking.
  • You can cancel your booking in Manage booking and then apply for a refund for the unused part of your flight ticket by filling in this online form. If you can’t cancel your booking in Manage booking, our customer service helps you with cancelling the booking and applying for a refund. If we have cancelled all the flights in your booking, you can apply for a refund without cancelling the booking.
    • When any of the flights in your booking (for example only the return flight) has been cancelled, you can apply for a refund for all the unused flights on the same ticket.
    • You can also choose a Finnair gift card as a refund option, when you have paid your ticket fully with money, meaning through online banking or credit card. We, unfortunately, have delays in the refund processing because of high refund application volumes. Our average handling time is approximately 8 weeks. If you choose a Finnair gift card as a refund option, the average handling time is approximately 4 weeks.
  • If you purchased a travel extra and change your travel date, we will move the travel extra to your new flight if possible, otherwise, you can apply for a refund online for an undelivered service. Also, if your flight is cancelled, you can apply for a refund for any travel extras you had purchased and didn’t receive.


CHANGES TO BOOKINGS FOR FLIGHTS TO BE OPERATED AFTER 1 JULY

  • If we haven’t cancelled your flight but you wish to cancel your reservation, the refund will be according to the ticket rule. 
  • For bookings made latest on 31 August 2020, you can change your travel dates through Manage booking or our customer service without a change fee and travel within your ticket validity, if
    • You made your booking via Finnair channels. 
    • You have a Finnair operated and marketed flight. 
    • There are available seats on your chosen new flight. It is good to know that if there is no availability in your original fare class for your new flight, you need to pay the fare difference between your original and new flight tickets.
    • You make the change 7 days before the departure of your original flight. You need to select new dates for your travel when making the change. If you change your travel dates closer to your flight, the change conditions follow your original ticket rules.
  • Did you change your travel dates already once and would like to change them again? You can do it through Manage booking and travel within your ticket validity when the above-listed requirements are fulfilled. If you were unable to make the change online, please contact our customer service.


CONTACTING OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE

If you booked your ticket through a travel agency or a tour operator, please contact them to make changes to your reservation or to apply for a refund. If you booked your ticket through Finnair, our customer service is working hard to help you in this extremely exceptional situation. We are at your service also via chat, on Twitter @FinnairHelps and on our Facebook pages. We are sorry that our customer service is congested.

Didn’t find an answer to your question? Check also our QA here.

You can see your passenger rights here.

Changes in our airport and inflight services

30 June 2020

Your health and safety are a top priority for us, and we can together ensure that you feel safe and comfortable when travelling with us. We have made changes to our airport and inflight services to limit direct contact between our customers and crew. With many new processes and recommendations in place, travelling may feel different, but don’t worry – we help you to prepare for your journey with peace of mind. Read more about the service changes and check our tips and recommendations before you start your journey here.

Travel restrictions’ effects on travelling

11 June 2020, updated 26 June 2020

As travel restrictions are being removed in different countries, air travel starts to recover gradually. We will add frequencies and routes back to our network month by month from July onwards as demand recovers, taking into account the changes in travel restrictions in different countries.

  • You can check flights and available seats through our booking engine.
  • You can read more about our traffic plan for 1 July 2020 – 31 March 2021 here.
  • Please go to IATA’s website for more information about current travel restrictions and requirements in different countries before you travel.

Your options if your travel plans change:

  • You can change your travel dates flexibly without a change fee. Check further details and instructions here, if you booked your journey on 1 April – 31 August 2020. If you booked your flight before 1 April 2020, our customer service will help you in making the change.
  • If travel restrictions prevent you from travelling to your destination in July-August, you can cancel your booking in Manage booking and apply for a refund for the unused part of your flight ticket. Please note that you need to provide us documentation, if your travel was prevented by the authorities in your destination country. It is good to know that a requirement for quarantine in your destination country, for example, is not a travel restriction that allows a refund.
  • If you wish to cancel your reservation due to a quarantine requirement or for another reason, the refund will be according to the ticket rule.

You can see your passenger rights here.

Restricted border controls in Finland

15 May 2020, updated 27 July 2020

The Finnish Border Guard provide updated information regarding internal border traffic and external border traffic in every two weeks.

Read the latest instructions from the Finnish Border Guards website.

Finnish institute for health and welfare has introduced instructions for customers arriving in Finland.

Read the latest information from the THL website.

Delays in refund handling

1 April 2020, updated 27 July 2020

We currently have delays in the refund handling due to a high volume of coronavirus related refund applications. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you. We have added resources and developed robotics to shorten the handling time.  

Our average handling time is approximately 8 weeks. Some requests may unfortunately take some more time to be handled. We’ll inform you via email after your refund application is processed. Please send your request only once, as duplicates will further delay handling the applications.

When you apply for a refund for your unused flight ticket due to the coronavirus situation, you can choose to have your money back to your bank account or credit card or a Finnair gift voucher. We send you the gift voucher within 4 weeks.

Read more about refunds here.

Measures to protect your health and safety

12 May 2020, updated 27 July 2020

Air travel will gradually start to recover as travel restrictions are lifted. We want to ensure that you feel safe and comfortable when travelling with us.

We have implemented several changes to our services to reduce direct contact between our customers and crew and to ensure your health and safety while travelling.

The most visible change is that you are now required to wear a mask covering your mouth and nose from boarding to leaving the aircraft.

Read more here.

We will review these measures regularly and update any new information on our website.

Flexibility to reservation changes for flights booked between 1 April and 31 August

1 April 2020, updated 27 July 2020

Due to the coronavirus situation, we want to offer you flexibility for making reservation changes and have updated our ticket change policy. This means you can now make also new bookings until the end of August with peace of mind.

You can change your travel date flexibly without a change fee, if

  • You made your booking between 1 April and 31 August 2020.
  • You booked your ticket through Finnair channels.
  • You have a Finnair operated and marketed flight.
  • There are available seats on your chosen new flight.
  • You make the change 7 days before the departure of your original flight. Please note that you need to select new dates for your travel when making the change. If you change your travel dates closer to your flight, the change conditions follow your original ticket rules.
  • Please note that the change in the ticket rules doesn’t apply to Finnair Holidays, Aurinkomatkat (Suntours) and other tour operators’ customers.
  • In case you would like to cancel your booking, the refund will be according to the original ticket rules.

It is good to know that if there is no availability in your original fare class for your new flight, you need to pay the fare difference between your original and new flight tickets.

If you purchased a travel extra and change your travel date, we will move the travel extra to your new flight if possible, otherwise, it is eligible for a refund.


THIS IS HOW YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR TRAVEL DATE

  • Go to Manage booking and select new available dates for your travel.
  • You can also contact our customer service. We are sorry if our customer service is congested.
  • If you have purchased your ticket partly with Finnair Plus points or you have upgraded your flight with money or a tier benefit, please contact our customer service to change your travel dates.
  • If you have booked your ticket through a travel agency or you have a group reservation, please contact your travel agency.

We are at your service also on Twitter @FinnairHelps, on our Facebook pages and via chat on finnair.com. 

You can check your passenger rights here.


CONTACTING OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE

Our customer service is working hard to help you in this extremely exceptional situation. We are at your service also on Twitter @FinnairHelps, on our Facebook pages and via chat on finnair.com. We are sorry if our customer service is congested.


TRAVEL EXTRAS

If you purchased a travel extra and change your travel date, we will move the travel extra to your new flight if possible, otherwise, you can apply for a refund online for an undelivered service. Also, if your flight is cancelled, you can apply for a refund for any travel extras you had purchased and didn’t receive.

You can see your passenger rights here.

Disruptions in the traffic

Joensuu and Jyväskylä Airports closed for maintenance

15 January 2020

Due to runway maintenance, Joensuu Airport will be closed from 22 June to 09 July 2020 and Jyväskylä airport from 03 July to 16 August 2020. During that period our flights between Helsinki and Joensuu and Helsinki and Jyväskylä will not be operated. 

We are sorry for the inconvenience! 

Leased aircraft

Iberia operates certain Barcelona and Madrid flights

15 January 2020

We have leased Airbus A321 aircraft from our oneworld partner Iberia to cover a temporary shortage of aircraft as our operations continue to grow. The aircraft will be used for flights AY1654/3 (Barcelona) and AY1662/1 (Madrid) until March 30, 2023.

With the leased aircraft, the flight deck crew comes from Iberia, while the cabin crew is Finnair’s. Finnair’s service concept is followed on the flights.

When buying tickets through finnair.com, the operating airline is shown on the ‘Select Flights’ page. If you already have a booking, we’ll inform you about the changed aircraft via SMS and/or e-mail. Please go to Manage booking on our website or Finnair App and check that we have your current contact information.

If you wish to change or cancel your flight due to the change in the operating carrier, we ask you kindly to contact Finnair Customer Service. We are also at your service via chat on finnair.com, on Twitter @FinnairHelps and in our Facebook pages.

You can check your passenger rights on our website.

We apologize for any inconvenience!

Other information related to flying

Changes in services at Helsinki airport

31 March 2020

Helsinki Airport renews to offer you an even smoother travel experience in the future. As of 1 April, we renew our services in the airport departure hall. Due to the ongoing construction work, there are also changes in the airport’s traffic and parking arrangements. Please note that we have made changes to our airport and lounge services also due to the coronavirus situation, you can read more about these from above.

Changes in the departure hall services

As of 1 April 2020, we will renew our services in the departure hall at Helsinki Airport. To ensure smooth service, we have simplified and combined services of our different service desks in the departure hall.

You get the smoothest start for your journey by making any reservation changes or purchasing tickets or travel extras, like upgrades or extra baggage, in advance through Finnair.com or our customer service. We no longer have a separate desk for these services at the airport, but our crew at other desks are at your service with these matters, if you wish. Please make any changes latest 60 minutes before your flight departure, so that we can ensure you will make to your flight with no hassle.

Special Assistance Desks in the departure hall help customers with special needs and if you need to make last minute changes to your reservation. As a Finnair Plus Platinum Lumo, Platinum, Gold and Silver member or our Business Class customer you can visit our Priority Desks.

Our guides at Helsinki Airport help you with any travel related questions. The fastest way for check-in is to do it through our website or Finnair app already before arriving the airport or by using the self-service check-in kiosks at the airport. You can leave your bags through self-service bag drops in the departure hall. Please print the bag tag at a check-in kiosk before leaving the baggage in the self-service bag drop. Self-service bag drops 207-211 are open all day.

If your flight was cancelled and you have been rerouted to your destination, you may be able to choose an alternative flight yourself through Manage booking. If you want to do the change with our agent at the airport, our agents at the Special Assistance, Priority or Transfer Desks will help you.

As of 1 April, we accept only debit or credit card payments at Helsinki Airport for the time being. For your and our ground crew’s wellbeing during the coronavirus situation, we reduce direct contact between our customers and crew and can’t accept cash payments.

Changes in traffic and parking arrangements during the airport renewal work

  • If you arrive at the airport by taxi or someone drops you off at the terminal, the right place for this at Terminal 2 is on the arrivals level. Please note that cars can stop only briefly in front of the terminal to avoid congestion. If you wish to accompany someone into the terminal or pick someone up, please use the short-term parking area in P3.
  • The taxi station serves customers on the ground floor of the terminal. To get to the new taxi station, customers can take the escalators or an elevator in the Arrivals hall 2A near Burger King restaurant.
  • The bus station is currently in front of the Scandic hotel.
  • Parking halls P1 and P2 are closed. You can use parking halls P3 and P5. Short-term and premium parking will be in P3.

The renewal of Helsinki Airport will be completed in 2022. Find out more at Finavia’s website.

Travelling on Finnair flights during Brexit

23 January 2020

We expect our flights between the UK and Finland as well as the transfer traffic through the UK to continue normally on the day of Brexit and after that. However, there may be changes in the customer processes at London Heathrow airport, and congestion is possible from time to time.

If you are travelling to/from/via the UK on 31 January 2020 or some days after that, you can do the following:

  • Follow our and your possible other airlines’ communications. We will update any new information on this page, and you can see the up-to-date flight information here.
  • Make sure that we have your up-to-date contact information in your flight reservation. You can check this through Manage booking or Finnair mobile app. We will contact you directly if there would be changes to your flight.
  • We also encourage you to reserve extra time at the airport, if you are travelling on the day of Brexit or some days after that, as delays are possible at the airport.


What if my flight is cancelled or I miss my connecting flight due to Brexit?

We will contact you directly if your flight would be disrupted. If your flight is cancelled or you miss your connecting flight, we will find you the best possible alternative flight to your destination as soon as possible. You’ll then find your new flight details at Manage booking or through Finnair app. 

Where can I find more information about Brexit and travelling to the UK? 

We will update information on this page, but you can also search for information on the UK government website.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland also provides information about Brexit and its effects on travelling here.

Will there be any changes to the travel document requirements for EU citizens travelling to or via the UK?

The passport requirements for EU citizens will not change, and you can still enter the UK using a passport which is valid for the duration of your intended stay.  According to the current information, citizens of an EU or EEA country or Switzerland will not need a visa to travel to the UK. However, the UK government advises EU citizens to continue to check their website for updates on visa requirements. You can find more information about visiting the UK after Brexit here.

Will there be any changes to the travel document requirements for British citizens travelling to or via the EU countries?

As a British citizen travelling to the Schengen area, your passport will need to be valid 3 months beyond your intended stay. Passports that have been issued with a validity of longer than 10 years, will not be accepted. The EU has confirmed that British nationals will be able to enter the Schengen area without a visa even after Brexit, a visa-free stay will be allowed for a combined total of 90 days within any 180-day period of time.

My flight arrives in or departs from the UK. What should I know about check-in, security control, border control, immigration or other airport services?

In the UK, all airport services will remain as before. EU citizens will be able to enter and leave the UK as they do now, and for example, use e-gates or automated border control when travelling on a biometric passport.

My journey goes through London Heathrow Airport. What do I need to know to transit there?

There will be no changes in the transfer services. However, congestion is possible during the first days of Brexit. Finnair flights arrive in the terminal 3, and to transfer to another flight that departs from another terminal you’ll go through the flight connections centre. Please follow the airport signs. Also, baggage transfers to connecting flights continue as before. You can see more information about transfers in London Heathrow from the airport’s website.

My flight arrives in Helsinki from the UK. Are there changes at the airport?

Most airport services remain the same after Brexit. However, after the Brexit UK citizens can’t, for now, use the automated border control gates. Please use the manned lanes instead.

Can I still travel with my pet to the EU or to the UK?

You can continue to travel with your pet as before. We recommend you to check the requirements of your destination country well in advance before you travel and allow enough time for preparing your journey. Please note that pets can only be shipped as cargo to the UK.

You’ll find more information about travelling with pets on Finnair flights here.

More information about travelling with pets to the UK is available on the UK's government website.

Will there be different Customs requirements for bringing goods into the UK / to Helsinki?

You’ll find information about bringing goods into the UK here.

For instructions about bringing goods to Finland, please go to the Finnish Customs’ website.

Certain Apple MacBook Pro devices are not allowed on Finnair flights due to battery issues

19 August 2019

The European Aviation Safety Agency EASA and the US Federal Aviation Administration have issued instructions regarding the 15-inch MacBook Pro units manufactured between Sept 2015 and Feb 2017 that are subject to the recall by Apple on June 20, 2019, due to battery issues.

Such devices are not allowed in checked-in baggage or onboard on Finnair flights before their batteries have been replaced. Customers are responsible for ensuring the status of their device before their flight via Apple webpages at https://support.apple.com/15-inch-macbook-pro-battery-recall 

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