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Finland opens its borders to travellers, travel safely with Finnlines

updated 23 July 2020

The rules applicable to borders and entry are constantly updated. Please make sure that you are able to enter the country you are travelling to before setting off.

Finnlines vessels carry passengers from Travemünde to Helsinki daily. 

Aswell, Finnlines  vessels from Travemünde to Malmö operate normally. 

Finnlines route from Naantali via Långnäs to Kapellskär operate normally, but based on the current epidemiological assessment, internal border control and restrictions on entry into Finland will continue at the land border between Finland and Sweden. 

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The coronavirus situation has had a strong impact on passenger transport and travel in Europe, but now travel restrictions are being removed in different countries and travelling starts to recover gradually.

The safety and wellbeing of our passengers is our top priority and we are prepared for the holiday travellers. Read more on our precautionary measures on board Finnlines’ vessels.

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Read more about Finnlines passenger bookings and travelling with Finnlines.


updated 9 July 2020

As of 13 July 2020, it is possible to travel to Finland without any restrictions from the following Schengen countries: the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Greece, Malta, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Finland has already abolished internal border control for traffic between Finland and Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Finnlines vessels carry passengers from Travemünde to Helsinki daily. 

As well, Finnlines vessels from Travemünde to Malmö operate normally. However, quarantine rules in most German states require a two-week self-quarantine when travelling to or returning to Germany from Sweden. 

Finnlines route from Naantali via Långnäs to Kapellskär operate normally, but based on the current epidemiological assessment, internal border control and restrictions on entry into Finland will continue at the land border between Finland and Sweden. 

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The coronavirus situation has had a strong impact on passenger transport and travel in Europe, but now travel restrictions are being removed in different countries and travelling starts to recover gradually.

The safety and wellbeing of our passengers is our top priority and we are prepared for the holiday travellers. Read more on our precautionary measures on board Finnlines’ vessels.

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Read more about Finnlines passenger bookings and travelling with Finnlines.

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Germany opens its borders to Finnish travellers

updated 11 June 2020

The coronavirus situation has had a strong impact on passenger transport and travel in Europe, but now travel restrictions are being removed in different countries and travelling starts to recover gradually.

As of 15 June 2020, it is possible to travel from Finland to Germany without entry restrictions and quarantine requirements. Finnlines vessels carry passengers from Helsinki to Travemünde daily. More information about the travel restrictions on the German Federal Ministry of Interior’s webpages.

As well, Finnlines vessels from Naantali via Långnäs to Kapellskär operate normally. The Malmö–Travemünde route has operated normally through the unexceptional period.

The safety and wellbeing of our passengers is our top priority and we are prepared for the holiday travellers. Read more on our precautionary measures on board Finnlines’ vessels.

Read more about Finnlines Passenger traffic: travelling & passenger booking


Changes in the international passenger traffic in Finland, Finnlines can take passengers now also from Naantali, 20.5.2020

Finnish Government has decided that the Port of Naantali will be opened again for international passenger traffic from 21 May 2020. International passengers can travel again with Finnlines vessels between Kapellskär and Naantali. Please note, restrictions on entry to Finland are currently valid 14 May – 14 June 2020. More information on The Finnish Border Guard's web page > 

Naantali was not an official border crossing point between 21 March 2020 and 20 May 2020, but now that has been changed. 

Read more about Finnlines Passenger traffic: travelling & passenger booking > 


Changes in the international passenger traffic in Finland as of 14 May 2020, effects on Finnlines’ passenger services, updated 7.5.2020

The coronavirus situation has had a strong impact on passenger transport and travel in Europe. The rules applicable to borders and entry are constantly updated. Finnlines complies with the decisions and instructions of the authorities and adapts its activities in accordance with the decisions of the authorities.

As of 14 May 2020, the restrictions on border traffic in Finland will be lifted in cross-border traffic across the Schengen internal borders by allowing employment or commission-related commuting and other essential traffic. More information on The Finnish Border Guard's web page > 

For Finnlines this means that passenger traffic in accordance with the general border traffic guidelines will again be allowed from 14 May 2020. Finnlines will continue to transport passengers in accordance with the decisions of the authorities and will do everything to ensure that people have the possibility to get home and undertake essential travel. Please make sure that you are able to enter the country you are travelling to before setting off.

Internal border controls in Finland will continue at ports until 14 June 2020.

More information, Finnish Border Guard:

Read more about Finnlines Passenger traffic: travelling & passenger booking > 


New restrictions on border crossings in Finland - effects on Finnlines’ passenger services, 7.4.2020
On 7 April 2020, the Finnish Government has clarified its announcement of 30 March 2020 that maritime passenger traffic to Finland will be restricted from 11 April 2020 to 13 May 2020. The stoppage of passenger traffic applies only to passengers arriving in Finland, it does not apply to passengers departing from Finland.

For Finnlines, this means that passenger traffic from Travemünde will be suspended until 13 May 2020. The last possible departure for passengers from Travemünde to Helsinki is on Saturday 11 April 2020 at 3:00 am. 

Passenger traffic between Kapellskär and Naantali has been suspended earlier on 23 March 2020, when border crossing points for passenger traffic in Finland were restricted.

Passengers returning to Finland have strict instructions. They must place themselves in quarantine like conditions for two weeks and, furthermore, they are not allowed to use public transport. Finnlines will also follow the instructions of the authorities and inform passengers on the subject. Finnlines also emphasises passengers’ own responsibility on the matter. 

We will contact all passengers who have a valid booking for the next few days. 

We deeply regret all the inconvenience caused to our customers. 

Cargo transportation will continue as usual and the restrictions does not affect truck drivers.


More information:
Finnish Government, The Government recommends that ticket sales for maritime passenger traffic be stopped as of 11 April

Finnish Border Guard:


Helsinki-Travemünde

Latest information about traveling to Finland, Germany-Finland route 3.4.2020
The coronavirus situation has had a strong impact on passenger transport and travel in Europe. The rules applicable to borders and entry are constantly updated. Finnlines complies with the decisions and instructions of the authorities and adapts its activities in accordance with the decisions of the authorities.

On 30 March 2020, the Finnish Government decided to suspend all passenger traffic by ships to Finland. In accordance with the instructions of the authorities, Finnlines had to suspend transporting passengers on board in the afternoon of 1 April 2020. However, the Government continued the deliberations on the matter and the new date for the interruption was instructed on 3 April 2020 at 06:00. Since the deliberations are still ongoing and no new dates have been announced by the authorities, Finnlines will continue to transport passengers in accordance with the previous restrictions.

As a responsible operator, Finnlines will do everything to ensure that Finnish citizens can return home. 

Passengers returning to Finland have strict instructions. Passengers must place themselves in conditions such as quarantine for two weeks and, furthermore, passengers are not allowed to use public transport. Finnlines will also follow the instructions of the authorities and inform passengers on the subject. Finnlines also emphasises  passengers’ own responsibility on the matter. 

We will contact all passengers who have a valid booking for the next few days. 

We deeply regret all the inconvenience caused to our customers. We hope our passengers to understand that we wish to serve them the best way possible.

Finnlines monitors the situation constantly and informs as soon as more information follow.

PDF icon Instructions for passengers arriving in Finland, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare

Cargo transportation will continue as usual on this route.

Naantali-Långnäs-Kapellskär 

For the time being it is not possible to travel from Naantali (Finland) to Kapellskär (Sweden) and v.v. This has no effect on Finland’s internal traffic between mainland Finland and Åland Island and passengers have the possibility travel on the Finnlines’ route Naantali-Långnäs-Naantali.

Cargo transportation will continue as usual on this route.

Malmö-Travemünde
For the time being there are no restrictions in the passenger services between Germany and Sweden. 

Cargo transportation will continue as usual on this route.


Latest information about traveling to Finland, Germany-Finland route 3.4.2020


The coronavirus situation has had a strong impact on passenger transport and travel in Europe. The rules applicable to borders and entry are constantly updated. Finnlines complies with the decisions and instructions of the authorities and adapts its activities in accordance with the decisions of the authorities.

On 30 March 2020, the Finnish Government decided to suspend all passenger traffic by ships to Finland. In accordance with the instructions of the authorities, Finnlines had to suspend transporting passengers on board in the afternoon of 1 April 2020. However, the Government continued the deliberations on the matter and the new date for the interruption was instructed on 3 April 2020 at 06:00. Since the deliberations are still ongoing and no new dates have been announced by the authorities, Finnlines will continue to transport passengers in accordance with the previous restrictions.

As a responsible operator, Finnlines will do everything to ensure that Finnish citizens can return home. 

Passengers returning to Finland have strict instructions. Passengers must place themselves in conditions such as quarantine for two weeks and, furthermore, passengers are not allowed to use public transport. Finnlines will also follow the instructions of the authorities and inform passengers on the subject. Finnlines also emphasises  passengers’ own responsibility on the matter. 

We will contact all passengers who have a valid booking for the next few days. 

We deeply regret all the inconvenience caused to our customers. We hope our passengers to understand that we wish to serve them the best way possible.

Finnlines monitors the situation constantly and informs as soon as more information follow.

PDF icon Instructions for passengers arriving in Finland, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare


Finnish Government decision: the international passenger traffic by ships will be suspended in Finland, effects on Finnlines’ passenger services, 31.3.2020

As part of the measures to limit the spread of coronavirus, the government has decided to suspend passenger travel for the time being. Finnlines complies with the decisions and instructions of the authorities.
 
Due to the restrictions on the Finnish border traffic, for the time being the last possible departure from Helsinki to Travemünde taking passengers is on Thursday 2 April at 5:00 pm and from Travemünde to Helsinki on Friday 3 April at 3:00 am.
 
We have been in contact with passengers who have a valid booking for the next few days. 


Border control in Finland, 27.3.2020

Finland started to restrict travelling to Finland on 19 March 2020. These limitations remain in force until 13 April 2020. More information on the Finnish Border Guard’s web pages.

Traffic between the region of Uusimaa and other regions in Finland will be restricted from 28 March to 19 April 2020. More information on the Police of Finland’s web pages.
 


Changes in the international passenger traffic in Finland, effects on Finnlines’ passenger services, 23.3.2020

Helsinki, Mariehamn, Turku and Vaasa are the border crossing points in Finland that remain open for international passenger traffic: More information on the Finnish Border Guard’s web pages.  

At present, the information from different countries and the EU is being constantly updated with the rules that apply to borders and entry. It is passenger’s responsibility to find out and assess if travelling is allowed. More information on the respective country’s authorities. 

Naantali-Långnäs-Kapellskär 
Since the Port of Naantali is not currently an official border crossing point for international passenger traffic in Finland, it is not possible to travel from Naantali (Finland) to Kapellskär (Sweden) and v.v. This has no effect on Finland’s internal traffic between mainland Finland and Åland Island and passengers have the possibility travel on the Finnlines’ route Naantali-Långnäs-Naantali.

Finnlines is in constant dialogue with all relevant authorities and working hard to re-establish the service which, in combination with providing transportation of export and import goods (e.g. medicines, foodstuff and other essential goods), could serve as an important link ensuring Finnish citizens to return back home. 

Please note that the restrictions does not affect truck drivers and the cargo transportation will continue as usual in this route.

Helsinki-Travemünde 
Finland started to restrict travelling to Finland on 19 March 2020. These limitations remain in force until 13 April 2020. More information on the Finnish Border Guard’s web pages

Cargo transportation will continue as usual on this route.

Malmö-Travemünde
For the time being there are no restrictions in the passenger services between Germany and Sweden. 

Cargo transportation will continue as usual on this route.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) preparedness in Finnlines, 18.3.2020, edited the allowed passengers definition on 20.3.2020
 
This is an update related to Passenger transport 
 
Finland’s Government has announced the following:
 
Finland will start to restrict travelling to Finland as from 19 March 2020 midnight. These limitations remain in force until 13 April 2020.
 
Finnlines will do their best to ensure that people have the possibility to get home and undertake essential travel:
 
  • Finnish citizens and people living in Finland can return to Finland. Note, that the travellers should stay at their homes 14 days after returning home. 
  • Foreign travellers in Finland can return to their home countries. 
  • Foreign travellers, including Russian, are allowed to return via Finland to their home countries. (redefined on 20.3.)
  • Cargo transportation will continue as usual and drivers will be transported normally since essential traveling for work is allowed.
 
For the time being there are no restrictions in the passenger services between Germany and Sweden.
 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) preparedness in Finnlines, 17.3.2020

Finnlines monitors the situation of the coronavirus outbreak constantly, and acts in accordance to the guidelines and instructions set by national and international health authorities.

Finland’s Government announced on Monday 16 March 2020, a temporary closure of the borders until 13 April 2020 due to the spread of the coronavirus. Passenger transport to Finland will be suspended as soon as possible, with the exception of the return of Finnish citizens and persons residing in Finland. Finnlines will contribute to ensuring that people can get home and undertake essential travel.

Cargo transportation will continue as usual and Finnlines’ vessels operate normally despite the coronavirus outbreak.

All Finnlines vessels have an important role in providing transportation of export and import goods (e.g. medicines, foodstuff and other essential goods).

To ensure the safety of both passengers (currently mainly drivers) and crew we are taking precautionary measures onboard our vessels, including:

  • Increased cleaning and disinfection, especially cleaning of door handles, handrails, elevator knobs, remote controls and tabletops.
  • Reinforced high hygienic standards onboard by increasing the amount of hand sanitizers in different places to make it easier for passengers as well as crew members to clean their hands frequently.
  • Detailed instructions for the crew as how to handle any person with flu-like symptoms
  • Display posters and leaflets promoting the protective measures (handwashing, social distancing and cough etiquette) as advised by the health authorities

Safety first – our response plan

The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. We work closely with the authorities on all security and healthy related issues, including coronavirus.

Finnlines has developed a contingency plan which also includes instructions related to the coronavirus e.g. instructions how to handle if passenger has the symptoms that are apparent or suspected to be caused by the coronavirus, or how to disembark the suspected passenger etc.

Main points to manage

  • information and awareness – detailed instructions for crew members to follow if a passenger or crew member onboard display signs and symptoms of acute respiratory disease.
  • if symptoms (for example fever, respiratory symptoms e.g. cough, shortness of breath) are noticed or if a passenger contacts a crew member about his/her symptoms, onboard treatment of a suspected case of a coronavirus will be done in full cooperation with public health authorities.

If someone onboard is suspected to have the coronavirus, we have instructed to

  • isolate the patient in the cabin until disembarkation and limit the number of persons who enter the isolation area. Anyone who enters the cabin must wear appropriate personal protection equipment such as disposable gloves and masks.
  • report the event as soon as possible to the authorities in the next port of call.
  • identify the patient’s close contacts onboard and isolate them in the cabins.
  • the competent authority will issue the directions to the disembarkation of the patient.
  • clean and disinfect the cabin and other areas carefully.