If you are traveling to Finland soon, you should be aware of long lines at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.
Today, Monday 26 July, the Finnish health authorities introduced a new model at the airport. They check the corona certificates of all passengers arriving in Finland. You should be prepared for congestion at the airport.
The new entry model prepared by the City of Vantaa and the health authorities may cause you to have to spend more time at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport than usual. We ask passengers arriving in Finland to take this into account, says Jani Elasmaa, Director of Finavia at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, responsible for runway and apron operations.
According to the new entry model, the health authorities of the City of Vantaa will check the corona certificates of all passengers arriving from high-risk countries at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. The aim is to ensure health security at the end of EU internal border controls. The health authorities of the City of Vantaa check the certificates at two points to which passengers are directed directly from the flights.
─ Finavia does its best to make the process as smooth as possible for the passenger. The process can be speeded up by already completing Finentry in the country of origin and presenting the necessary certificates in time.
THL currently defines risk countries as countries with more than 10 cases of corona cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.
The City of Vantaa’s health authorities are also working to find out the countries of origin of those arriving from low-risk countries, so that those arriving in Finland on an exchange flight can be directed to the necessary certificate checks and possible corona tests.
─ We are pleased that travel restrictions are being lifted and that the abolition of internal border controls is a step in the right direction. However, the new entry model is exceptional compared to other European countries and may be detrimental to Finland’s tourism and country image, says Elasmaa.
Based on the Communicable Diseases Act, the arriving passenger must present certificates upon arrival in the country. The passenger can speed up the process considerably by using the Finentry service, which can streamline arrival in Finland. You can already register for the service in the country of origin. The passenger receives instructions from the service on the necessary corona tests and can book an appointment for them. The passenger then receives a message on their mobile phone, which he displays when he arrives at the airport.
It is advisable for the passenger to bring the necessary certificates in good time already on the aircraft. It speeds up the process at the airport. If you have not used Finentry, the passenger will fill in a personal information form at the airport before proceeding. The personal information form is already given to the passengers on the plane (Finnair), which is good to fill in on the plane before the plane lands and thus saves time on the ground.
Passengers who do not have the necessary evidence of vaccinations, illness or a negative test result will be directed to the corona tests.
If the passenger does not have any vaccinations or a certificate of negative corona test, he must take the first test as soon as he arrives on the ground and the second 72 to 120 hours thereafter.
If a passenger has received one coronary vaccine at least two weeks in advance, or has a negative test certificate, he or she should only undergo the latter test.
A person who has received a full series of vaccinations does not need to be tested at least two weeks after the last vaccination.
Finavia opened Terminal 1 (T1) for passengers departing from Finland on Monday 12 July due to the additional space required by the health safety processes and the slight increase in passenger numbers. Next Monday, the T1 security check will also open, which will initially be open during busy times in the morning. In addition to the departure and arrival halls, Finavia will open additional spaces for passengers from the gate area.
Since the beginning of 2020, Finavia has been more efficient in communicating hygiene instructions to passengers, improving surface cleaning at airports and changing passenger processes to enable existing requirements to be met.