Information due to Covid-19
Updated September 1, 2021
Government restrictions can be found here. Please study them carefully!
Travellers from the EU and Schengen area may enter Finland freely as of 12 July without any special health precautions if they
o have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or
o have had COVID-19 and recovered during the preceding 6 months, or
o born in 2006 or later, or
o come from a country with a low COVID-19 incidence rate.
Those who have received one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine are required to take a test within 3–5 days of entry into Finland, and those who have not received any shots at all are additionally required to take a test before or upon arrival in Finland.
According to the Government Decree, low-incidence countries are those with an incidence rate of less than 10 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a 14-day period at the time when the Decree was adopted. Passengers arriving from these countries are not required to take any special health precautions. The Government will update the list of countries approximately every two weeks. For more details, go to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health website.
No certificates or tests are required from cruise passengers who do not go ashore in another country. Controls at the internal border when arriving to Finlad ends on 25th July.
Finetry is available at all Finnish ports except for Vaasa.
For passengers coming to Sweden
From May 31st, 2021 passengers arriving to Sweden from a Nordic country do not need a COVID-19 test certificate when arriving to Sweden
Changes in routines
The passenger terminals in Vaasa and Umeå are open 2 hours before departure.
If there is a person onboard that is suspected to have the coronavirus, with symptoms suggestive of acute respiratory infection, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, they are assigned a cabin until the vessel reaches its destination.
Passengers or personnel who have developed symptoms as above or have been in contact during the last 14 days with a COVID-19 patient are denied boarding.
Please note that there is a recommendation to avoid travel of all individuals belonging to the “vulnerable groups”, e.g. people over 70 years of age or of any age with severe chronic diseases (cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases) and immunocompromised individuals.
Everyone can slow down the spread of coronavirus with their own actions. Reducing social contact is now also important for healthy people, as this slows down the spread of the epidemic. Avoid crowds and maintain at least a two-meter distance from other people.
We recommend the use of a face mask. Face masks can be purchased in the ships’s info or shop.
You can also reduce your own and your family members’ infection risk by maintaining good hand hygiene and following the coughing etiquette.
- Wash your hands with water and soap often and carefully, for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if washing your hands is not an option.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth unless you have just washed your hands.
- Cough and sneeze into a disposable tissue and put the tissue in the bin immediately after use. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not into your hands.
More information can be found here.