Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for visitors and travel trade
You can find updated information related to the coronavirus and travelling in Espoo and Finland on the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.
The Koronavilkku smartphone app has been published to help break infection chains. You can download Koronavilkku to your phone free of charge from the most popular app stores.
Please refer to the FINENTRY digital service for managing travel to Finland.
Visit Finland Coronavirus updates for visitors and Travel Trade (updated 1 October)
The Finnish National Tourism Board Visit Finland has formed an internal recovery task force that gathers and shares practical information for leisure traveles and travel trade during and after the Coronavirus pandemic. These pages will be updated on an ongoing basis:
- Practical travel information for travelers to Finland during Coronavirus-pandemic (6.8.2021)
- Travel recovery information for Travel Trade
Enter into Finland
Travelers from EU and Schengen countries are not bound by travel restrictions. In addition to EU and Schengen countries, this section applies to travelers from Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City State.
Persons who have received a complete and valid vaccination series may be granted entry into Finland from any country, provided that at least 14 days have passed since the last vaccine dose has been received.
Updated information about border traffic: Guidelines for border traffic during pandemic (website is frequently updated)
- Finnish Government's coronavirus website
- Finnish Government's restrictions during the coronavirus epidemic
- Finnish border guard q&a
- Coronavirus update - Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
- The World Health Organization
- These websites are updated frequently.
Health-related information for visitors in Espoo (updated 1 October)
- If a visitor experiences symptoms of sudden respiratory infection such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, and/or has reason to suspect exposure to the coronavirus, medical advice should be sought without delay.
- Visitors are advised to first contact call the Medical Helpline number, 116 117.
- Coronavirus information for Espoo residents
- The coronavirus situation in Espoo
- Possible exposures in public places in Espoo
The cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa recommend that everyone over the age of 12 start using face masks in municipal service situations in which it is difficult to avoid close contact. Intended primarily for libraries, indoor sports and fitness centres, museums, customer service points and upper secondary schools, the recommendation took effect on 1 October 2020. Customers of municipal services will be responsible for buying their own masks. Further instructions for mask use can be found in English on the THL website.
Wearing a mask is also recommended in the following situations and for the following people:
- In public transport, where close contacts cannot always be avoided (mandatory from March 11th!).
- Persons seeking the coronavirus test on their way to take the test and before the completion of test results.
Events and services in Espoo (updated 1 October)
The restrictions for gatherings and events are not continued after September. Starting from 1st of October there are no restrictions regarding events or gatherings.
Local services and sights
Public places, such as libraries, swimming halls, cultural centers and museums are fully open as of October 1st. There will be extra tickets sold to events starting on October 1st. Check more specific information about events. Wearing a mask is recommended, and service providers are committed to increased cleaning and adding hand sanitizer for guest use, and have added information for visitors on maintaining safe distances inside their premises.
The restaurants are open with certain restrictions:
- Bars are allowed to use only up to 50 % of seating capacity both inside the restaurant as well as on terraces. Dining restaurants are allowed to use up to 75 % of the usual number of seats.
- All customers inside the restaurant must have a seat by a table. Dancing and karaoke are not prohibited anymore.
- Alcohol can be served from 9am to 12am, and restaurants may be open from 5am to 1am. The Regional State Administrative Agency can permit accommodation businesses to serve alcohol at breakfast starting from 7am.
The safety of our clients and our personnel is of utmost importance to us. All the local suppliers in Espoo monitor and follow the advice of authorities regarding the corona virus situation and work together around health safety to ensure the safety of the facilities, services and experiences. On the service providers' own pages, you can read in more detail what kind of special arrangements there are, and how the safety of each customer is taken care of.
The visitespoo.fi event calendar is updated regularly but we still recommend that you visit the event organizers' websites for the most current information.
We also recommend to check the opening hours of sights and services from each service provider’s own website.
Visit Espoo has cancelled all its own events until further notice to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. All stakeholder events organised by Visit Espoo will be held via Skype or Teams, or will be postponed to a later date.
Getting around in Espoo
The Helsinki Regional Transport Authority (HSL) recommend to avoid non-essential travel at peak times. Wearing a mask is mandatory in public transport, since close contact cannot always be avoided.
Public transport is operating in the Helsinki region but services are reduced. Until further notice, bus drivers do not sell tickets on buses. This measure is intended to avoid additional money handling and physical contact between drivers and passengers.
More information on the Helsinki Regional Transport Authority website.
Tourism information service in Espoo
- Our tourism information service is available online and by telephone. You can contact the tourism information service by phone, text message or WhatsApp. +358 (0)43 824 6866, 10 am–3 pm Mon-Fri. You can contact us also by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook through our Visit Espoo site.
- Espoo Service Points are open in Espoo centre, Tapiola, Matinkylä, Kalajärvi, Leppävaara and Espoonlahti. Current opening hours of the Service points of the City of Espoo.
- Helsinki Tourist Information points are open and Helsinki Tourist Information's electronic service channels are also open daily from 9 am to 4 pm:
Telephone service: 09 3101 3300
Chat: the service is open on the myhelsinki.fi page