Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for visitors and travel trade
You can find updated information related to the coronavirus and travelling in Espoo and Finland on the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.
The Koronavilkku smartphone app has been published to help break infection chains. You can download Koronavilkku to your phone free of charge from the most popular app stores.
Please refer to the FINENTRY digital service for managing travel to Finland.
Visit Finland Coronavirus updates for visitors and Travel Trade (updated 2 September)
The Finnish National Tourism Board Visit Finland has formed an internal recovery task force that gathers and shares practical information for leisure traveles and travel trade during and after the Coronavirus pandemic. These pages will be updated on an ongoing basis:
- Practical travel information for travelers to Finland during Coronavirus-pandemic (6.8.2021)
- Travel recovery information for Travel Trade
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland: "The Ministry for Foreign Affairs recommends exercising special caution when travelling to the EU and Schengen area The Ministry also recommends avoiding unnecessary travel to countries outside the EU and Schengen area, except for countries for which the restrictions on entry have been lifted. In addition, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs still recommends avoiding all travel to Brazil, South Africa, India and Russia." Please get familiar with the restrictions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland due to COVID-19: Changes to travel recommendations: exercise special caution when travelling to the EU and the Schengen area (26.7.2021)
As of 26 July 2021, travel to Finland is possible for travelers from EU and Schengen countries who meet the following health requirements:
- You can present a certificate of having received the full COVID-19 vaccines 14 days prior to arriving in Finland. There is no mandatory testing for people who meet this requirement.
- 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 a 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.
- 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.
- Children born in 2006 or thereafter are not required to take part in a health examination or a COVID-19 test.
Persons who have received a complete and valid vaccination series may be granted entry into Finland from any country, provided that at least 14 days have passed since the last vaccine dose has been received. Updated information about border traffic: Guidelines for border traffic during pandemic as of 9 August 2021
- Finnish Government's coronavirus website
- Finnish Government's restrictions during the coronavirus epidemic
- Finnish border guard q&a
- Coronavirus update - Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
- The World Health Organization
- These websites are updated frequently.
Health-related information for visitors in Espoo (updated 2 September)
- If a visitor experiences symptoms of sudden respiratory infection such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, and/or has reason to suspect exposure to the coronavirus, medical advice should be sought without delay.
- Visitors are advised to first contact call the Medical Helpline number, 116 117.
- Coronavirus information for Espoo residents
- The coronavirus situation in Espoo
- Possible exposures in public places in Espoo
The cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa recommend that everyone over the age of 12 start using face masks in municipal service situations in which it is difficult to avoid close contact. Intended primarily for libraries, indoor sports and fitness centres, museums, customer service points and upper secondary schools, the recommendation took effect on 1 October 2020. Customers of municipal services will be responsible for buying their own masks. Further instructions for mask use can be found in English on the THL website.
Wearing a mask is also recommended in the following situations and for the following people:
- In public transport, where close contacts cannot always be avoided (mandatory from March 11th!).
- Persons seeking the coronavirus test on their way to take the test and before the completion of test results.
- 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.
Events and services in Espoo (updated 2 September)
Gatherings may be organised indoors with a maximum of 25 participants and in delineated outdoors areas with a maximum of 50 participants. The customers or participants must have the opportunity to maintain safe distances, i.e., avoid close contact. Indoors, close contact means people remaining less than two metres apart for over 15 minutes or physical contact. Outdoors, close contact means physical contact. These restriction are valid 20.8.-12.9.2021.
The cities' customer service points have been opened as of June 15th. Libraries, museums and public pools are also open, and indoor sports facilities are open for hobbies and competitive sports for all ages. People above the age of 12 are recommended to wear a face mask in dressing rooms, and all groups have to be half of their normal size.
Local services and sights
Public places, such as libraries, swimming halls, cultural centers and museums reopened as f June 15th. Wearing a mask is recommended, and service providers are committed to increased cleaning and adding hand sanitizer for guest use, and have added information for visitors on maintaining safe distances inside their premises.
The restaurants are open with certain restrictions:
- Bars a re allowed to use only up to 50 % of seating capacity both inside the restaurant as well as on terraces. Dining restaurants are allowed to use up to 75 % of the usual number of seats.
- All customers inside the restaurant or on the terrace must have a seat. Dancing and karaoke are prohibitied inside the restaurant.
- Alcohol can be served from 7am to 10pm, and restaurants may be open from 5am to 11pm.
The safety of our clients and our personnel is of utmost importance to us. All the local suppliers in Espoo monitor and follow the advice of authorities regarding the corona virus situation and work together around health safety to ensure the safety of the facilities, services and experiences. On the service providers' own pages, you can read in more detail what kind of special arrangements there are, and how the safety of each customer is taken care of.
The visitespoo.fi event calendar is updated regularly but we still recommend that you visit the event organizers' websites for the most current information.
We also recommend to check the opening hours of sights and services from each service provider’s own website.
Visit Espoo has cancelled all its own events until further notice to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. All stakeholder events organised by Visit Espoo will be held via Skype or Teams, or will be postponed to a later date.
Getting around in Espoo
The Helsinki Regional Transport Authority (HSL) recommend to avoid non-essential travel at peak times. Wearing a mask is mandatory in public transport, where close contacts cannot always be avoided.
Public transport is operating in the Helsinki region but services are reduced. From Friday 13 March and until further notice, bus drivers do not sell tickets on buses. This measure is intended to avoid additional money handling and physical contact between drivers and passengers.
More information on the Helsinki Regional Transport Authority website.
Tourism information service in Espoo
- Our tourism information service is available online and by telephone. You can contact the tourism information service by phone, text message or WhatsApp. +358 (0)43 824 6866, 10 am–3 pm Mon-Fri. You can contact us also by email at email@example.com or on Facebook through our Visit Espoo site.
- Espoo Service Points are open in Espoo centre, Tapiola, Matinkylä, Kalajärvi, Leppävaara and Espoonlahti. Current opening hours of the Service points of the City of Espoo.
- Helsinki Tourist Information points are open and Helsinki Tourist Information's electronic service channels are also open daily from 9 am to 4 pm:
Telephone service: 09 3101 3300
Chat: the service is open on the myhelsinki.fi page