This page contains practical information for those planning an event in Finland
When the time is right, all of us in the Finnish business events industry want to make sure that event planners and participants who come to Finland can enjoy their trip safely. We want to reassure you that our service providers are adhering to all health and safety guidelines to ensure the safety of your clients and staff.
On 11 March, the Finnish Government decided to extend the restrictions on entry into Finland until 17 April 2021. Finland welcomes residents of the following countries to travel to Finland for leisure: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the Vatican and Rwanda. There is no mandatory testing or quarantine for residents from the above mentioned countries on arrival in Finland.
Health and safety measures
General health and safety measures regarding coronavirus in Finland include avoiding physical contact, maintaining a safe distance from other people and observing good hand and respiratory hygiene.
Finnish health authorities require using face masks in public transport in large cities and recommend using it in other situations where it is difficult to maintain 1-2 m distances from other people.
Arriving and moving around in Finland
Finnish airports require using face masks. Airports and ports may test passengers for coronavirus. All travelers arriving in Finland from corona risk countries are tested for the coronavirus. Please refer to the FINENTRY digital service for managing travel to Finland.
In all public transport, passengers must remember to avoid physical contact, maintain a safe distance from other people and observe good hand and respiratory hygiene. The use of face masks is recommended and required in public transport in large cities. When leaving the airport or harbor, using your own car or taking a taxi is recommended. For hygiene guidance on aircraft or cruise ships, please refer to information provided by your airline or cruise line.
Koronavilkku app is a contact tracing smartphone app produced by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare to help you find out whether you may have been exposed to coronavirus.
Suppliers follow hygiene instructions rigorously: cleaning has been intensified (public areas, restrooms, door handles, table surfaces, meeting equipment etc.), the use of masks is mandatory or recommended, and hand sanitizer is always available. Adequate social distancing measures are considered in space planning and catering services. New ways of event organization include avoidance of accumulation of people and safe moving around in venues. The venues also communicate about safety effectively with floor stickers and digital signs. Contactless payment is widely in use.
More detailed information about the actions for health and safety in venues can be found here.
Accommodation services may not be widely open – please check the availability and any specific safety considerations.
Due to epidemiological variations of the epidemic in Finland, regional restrictions may vary significantly. In general, restaurants, cafés and bars must offer indoor seating to all customers and safe distances must be maintained. Outdoor seating is not restricted, however safe distances must be maintained. Service providers are required to ensure that customers can wash or sanitize their hands upon arrival. Customers are encouraged to maintain a safe distance from other people and observe good hand and respiratory hygiene.
Restaurants, cafés and bars are open, but have restricted activities depending on the epidemiological situation of the region. The regions where the COVID-19 epidemic has reached the acceleration phase, food and beverage businesses must continue to follow tighter restrictions than the rest of the country. In acceleration phase regions businesses must stop serving alcoholic beverages by 22.00 and in these areas, restaurants, cafés and bars have limited seating.
The Finnish Government has closed food and beverage service businesses until 18 April, except for in areas where the epidemic is at a stable level. However, meals may be sold to customers for takeaway.
Coronavirus situation update
Current coronavirus situation, like the number of reported cases in total, and the number of received vaccine doses and estimated number of future vaccine doses in Finland can be viewed on the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare website. The page also includes information on regional restrictions and recommendations.
When the time is right – welcome to Finland!
When the time is right, and traveling is safe again, we can assure that traveling to Finland continues to be memorable, responsible and health safe. When our borders are open to travel, we can show all event planners that we have safe conditions for travel, face-to-face encounters and business events.
More information for the international travel trade and links to Finnish health officials’ and government websites can be found on the Visit Finland Travel Recovery site. Practial information for travellers on the Visit Finland website.
Finland’s government has prepared a draft plan for the gradual relaxing and removal of coronavirus restrictions, beginning in April. Summary of the Exit plan can be viewed on YLE website.