According to the new entry model, the health authorities of the City of Vantaa will check Covid-19 certificates of all passengers arriving from high-risk countries at Helsinki Airport, and this may lead to long waiting times.

Helsinki Airport terminal Photograph: Finavia Oyj

When Sunday turned into Monday, internal border control ended in Finland. Internal border traffic refers to traffic between Finland and other Schengen countries. Border control has also been lifted from EU countries that do not belong to the Schengen area.

At the same time, health authorities have begun checking Covid-19 certificates of all passengers arriving in Finland at Helsinki Airport, which, according to Finavia, the company that runs Finland’s airport network, can lead to queues and long waiting times.

“We ask passengers arriving in Finland to take this into account,” Jani Elasmaa, Finavia’s vice president responsible for Helsinki Airport’s runway and apron operations, said in a statement.

According to the new entry model, the health authorities of the City of Vantaa will check the Covid-19 certificates of all passengers arriving from high-risk countries at Helsinki Airport. This is to ensure health security as EU internal border control ends. The health authorities of the City of Vantaa check the certificates at two points to which passengers are directed directly from the flights.

“Finavia will do its best to make the process as smooth as possible for the passengers. The process can be speeded up by already completing Finentry in the country of origin and preparing to show the necessary certificates,” said Elasmaa.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare currently identifies as high-risk countries the countries with more than 10 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 population in the last 14 days.

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The health authorities of the City of Vantaa also work to find out the original countries of origin of people arriving from low-risk countries, so that people arriving through them on a transfer flight to Finland can be directed to the necessary certificate checks and possible coronavirus tests.

Fully vaccinated passengers do not need to go to the test if at least two weeks have elapsed since their last vaccination.

Those passengers who do not have the necessary evidence of vaccinations, confirmation of having been infected with Covid-19, or a negative test result will be directed to be tested for the coronavirus.

If the passenger does not have any coronavirus vaccinations or a certificate of a negative test, they must go to the first test immediately upon arrival and to the second test 72–120 hours later.

Also, If the passenger has received one coronavirus vaccination at least two weeks before or has a certificate of a negative test, they should only take the second test.

Two weeks ago, Finavia reopened Terminal 1 (T1) to passengers departing from Finland because of the additional space required by health security processes and the slight increase in the number of passengers.

Next Monday, the T1 security control will also open, and it will initially be open during the busiest times in the morning. In addition to the departures and arrivals halls, Finavia will open additional space for passengers in the gate area.