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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 now been published to help break infection chains. You can now download Koronavilkku to your phone free of charge from the most popular app stores. 

Visit Finland Coronavirus updates for visitors and Travel Trade (updated 29 Oct)

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:

Updated, November 19, 2020:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland: "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foreign Ministry’s general travel advice continues to be to avoid all but essential travel to and from all countries." Please get familiar with the restrictions of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland due to COVID-19: Changes to travel guidance and entry restrictions due to COVID-19 situation

Essential, work-related and return travel is possible from all Schengen and EU countries as well as the UK. Except for those countries named above as open for leisure travel, self-isolation for 14 days upon arrival is recommended.

Finland welcomes leisure travelers from a number of countries where the coronavirus situation has eased. There is no border control for travelers from these countries and they do not need to self-isolate on arrival in Finland.

Official information:

Health-related information for visitors in Espoo (updated 5 Jan)

The cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa recommend that everyone over the age of 15 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 will take effect on 1 October 2020, although residents are encouraged to start using the masks immediately. 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 recommended in the following situations and for the following people:

Events and services in Espoo (updated 5 Jan)

All public events and general meetings of more than 10 people are prohibited and only necessary meetings are allowed in the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa from Monday 30.11. The restrictions have been prolonged on Friday 5.1. Restriction is valid until 31.1.2021. Public events and general meetings must comply with the guidelines from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Education and Culture on preventing COVID-19 infections.

Local services and sights

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 (updated 5 Jan)

The Helsinki Regional Transport Authority (HSL) recommend to avoid non-essential travel at peak times. Wearing a mask is recommended in public transport, where close contacts cannot always be avoided. 

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.

Tourism information service in Espoo (updated 5 Jan)