Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for visitors (updated 2 July at 11 am)
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: https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates
Re-open EU website offers information that you need to confidently plan your European travel and holidays, while staying healthy and safe: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/
More information in English can be found on the website of the World Health Organization. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Health-related information for visitors (updated 2 July at 11 am)
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.
Health-related information for people in Espoo (updated 2 July at 11 am)
If you suspect you have been infected with the coronavirus, stay at home. If your symptoms are serious, ask for guidance by telephone. Health stations can only be visited with an appointment. Your symptoms will always be first assessed by telephone.
The contact information of health service in other matters:
Please notice that you can only visit a health centre if you have booked an appointment.
- Appointment booking to Espoo health centres in other matters than corona, tel. 09 816 34500, Mon–Fri 7:00–18:00
- Oma Lääkärisi Matinkylä, tel. 09 855 4100, Mon–Fri 7:00–18:00
- The Medical Helpline will help you in the evening and at weekends when health centres are closed. Tel. 116 117.
- Contact information of health centres in Espoo: espoo.fi/healthcentres
- Video appointments with an on-call nurse are available. Go to the appointment booking system: espoo.terveytesi.fi
Coronovirus helpline and guidelines
- If you suspect you have contracted the coronavirus, call Espoo’s coronavirus helpline, tel. 09 816 34600 (Mon–Fri at 7:00–18:00). Outside these hours, please call the Medical Helpline, tel. 116 117.
- Everyone with symptoms of the coronavirus (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, loss of smell/taste or diarrhea/abdominal pain without any other clear reason) can get tested. We will give you testing instructions on the phone.
- SMS service for the hearing impaired at Samaria health centre, tel. 043 825 1811
- You can also assess your symptoms at www.omaolo.fi and you will get instructions based on your symptoms.
Read more about preparations for the coronavirus in Espoo from the City of Espoo website. https://www.espoo.fi/en-US/Espoo_is_prepared_for_the_coronavirus(178348)
Events and services in Espoo (updated 2 July 11 am)
Public events and gatherings with a maximum of 50 persons is permitted starting on 1 June until further notice. The 50-person limit also applies to events organised by the private and third sectors, such as cultural, recreational, sports and religious events. In indoor spaces and enclosed outdoor spaces, such as amusement parks, zoos, libraries and cinemas, safety will be ensured by limiting the number of visitors, ensuring safe distances and providing guidance on personal hygiene.
Public events with more than 500 people are prohibited until 31 July.
- Regional State Administrative Agencies’ answers (in Finnish) to questions about public events and public meetings
- Public events and public meetings with more than 10 people are prohibited until the end of May (press release from the Regional State Administrative Agencies on 8 May 2020, in Finnish)
The Government recommends that as of 1 August 2020, if the development of the epidemic continues in the current direction without any significant setbacks, events with more than 500 persons may be organised in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
In addition, the activities of the private and tertiary sector in the city follow the government’s orientations and provide information on the state of exception on their own websites.
The visitespoo.fi event calendar is not up to date for the time being. We apologise for errors resulting from this in our event calendar. The current event information for public events should be checked from their own websites.
The opening hours of the service providers on the visitespoo.fi website are not up to date. We recommend checking opening hours 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 (updated 2 July)
The Helsinki Regional Transport Authority (HSL) recommend to avoid non-essential travel at peak times.
Public transport is operating in the Helsinki region but services are reduced. From Friday 13 March and 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: https://www.hsl.fi/en/news/2020/public-transport-and-coronavirus-updated-18-march-19400
Tourism information service (updated 2 July)
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, 9 am–4 pm. The service can also be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook through our Visit Espoo site.
Delivery of brochures has been discontinued until further notice.
Service points of the City of Espoo are open, except for Espoonlahti service point is closed until further notice.https://www.espoo.fi/en-US/City_of_Espoo/Organization_and_contact_information/Contact_information/Customer_Service
Helsinki Region Tourist Information is available at the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.