Testing before traveling back to US from Finland
The restrictions to enter Finland has been extended until June 15th, however, 8 countries are now allowed to leisure travel to Finland. Tourists from Iceland, the Vatican, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore and South Korea are now welcomed to Finland for leisure.
Unfortunately, the United States is not on that list yet, however Finnish citizens and their families are allowed to travel to Finland and many are planning their trips for the summer after this long pandemic year.
Finnair announced last month that vaccinated passengers do not need to have a negative COVID-19 test result to be allowed into the country. The passenger is required to show their vaccination card that will show their name, vaccine information and where and when the vaccine was received.
But what about when departing Finland?
The United States is still requiring a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the country, no matter if the person is a US citizen, permanent residence or fully vaccinated. The test result can be maximum three days old and yes, it needs to be in English.
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport offers free of charge testing, but unfortunately this service is only available for the arriving passengers. So, where do I get tested in Finland to be able to return to the US?
Finnair has partnered with Terveystalo and offers its customers 10% discount on the test. You can also use your Finnair points to buy a voucher for testing.
Many other private sector healthcare facilities also offer Covid-19 testing for tourists, few of them being Mehiläinen, Terveystalo, Aava and Pihlajalinna. Helsinki-Vantaa Airport does have a paid testing service offered by Aava Medical Center near gate 26. This center is for departing passengers but be noted that they are only open during the office hours from 8am until 5pm and only from Monday till Friday. Test results from this site might take up to a day to get.
Getting the Covid test done in Finland costs you in between €200 to €300 depending which facility and which test you are getting. You must pay up front and you’ll receive the test results usually within 24 hours.
The City or Helsinki has also listed other testing sites on their website Hel.fi. Many of these places require an appointment so call ahead of time to make sure you are within the time frame of three days to receive your results on time.