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21.01.2022Passenger Services

The effects of the coronavirus epidemic prevention regulations on Finnlines Passenger traffic

Updated 21 January 2022 at 09:30 EET

Finnlines freight-passenger ships operate normally on all routes. However, the guidelines and instructions set by national and international authorities may affect the passenger traffic. 

Please read more below about travel restrictions, rebooking options, and measures on board.


Travel Restrictions

At present, the travel 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. Please make sure that you are able to enter the country you are travelling to before setting off. More information on the web pages of the respective country’s authorities.

Upon boarding the ship, you do not need to present a covid-19 certificate unless you have stayed in a virus variant area within 10 days before your arrival in Germany. Requirements on covid certificates upon entry in Finland, Sweden and Germany is found below:

Travelling to Finland

Until 31 January 2022, foreigners (born 2006 or earlier) travelling from Germany or Sweden to Finland need to have a negative covid-19 test certificate in addition to a certificate of vaccination or recovery. Please check the exact requirements on the Finnish Border Guard's web page >

Finnish citizens, their immediate families, persons with a Finnish residence permit, and persons with an essential reason to arrive in Finland are exempted from this rule.

If you do not belong to any of these passenger groups, you must present following covid-19 certificates when arriving in Finland:

  • a negative covid-19 test certificate (PCR or antigen test max. 48 hours old upon arrival) and
  • a certificate of covid-19 vaccination (received at least 7 days before arrival, 2-dose vaccines: 2nd dose required), or a certificate of recovery from covid-19 disease (max. 6 months old upon arrival)

Coronavirus Testing

Shortly before your departure, please register for the FINENTRY service and make – if necessary – an appointment for a coronavirus test in Finland free of charge.
 

If you are travelling from Sweden to the Åland Islands, please, read in addition Instructions for Passenger Arriving on Åland >

As from 1 February 2022 valid travel restrictions have not yet been published.

Travelling to Germany

Information letter of the Federal Ministry of Health for travellers entering Germany >

All at least 6-year-old passengers must have one of the following covid-19 certificates when travelling from Sweden or Finland to Germany and be prepared to show it to the authorities at the arrival in Germany:

  • a negative COVID-19 test certificate (antigen max. 48 hours old upon entry, PCR test max. 48 hours old at the time of the ship's departure), or
  • a proof of recovery from COVID-19 (28 days – 3 months old on entry), or
  • a proof of a complete vaccination against COVID-19 (given at least 14 days before entry, 2-dose vaccines: 2nd dose required).

Also passengers who are only travelling through Germany need to have a covid-19 certificate. Please note that even if you were vaccinated against covid-19 or you had recovered from the disease (2G), you may need a negative covid-19 test result (2G Plus) in order to enter e.g. a hotel or restaurant.

Coronavirus Testing

Sweden is classified as a high-risk area in Germany as from 9 January 2022 and Finland as from 25 December 2021.

If you have stayed in a high-risk area (e.g. Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, or Russia) within 10 days prior to your arrival in Germany, please, fill in a Digital Registration on Entry and show the confirmation you get at the check-in. Following a stay in a high-risk area, you are not required to quarantine if you submit a proof of vaccination or recovery via the upload portal of the Digital Registration on Entry.

If you have stayed in a virus variant area within 10 days prior to your arrival Germany, please, show in addition a negative covid-19 test certificate at the check-in (only PCR test, max. 48 hours old at the time of the ship's departure). In addition, please, be prepared to stay quarantined in Germany.

You do not need to fill in the Digital Registration on Entry or stay quarantined if you are only passing through Germany.

List of high-risk and virus variant areas >

More information at the website of the Federal Ministry of Health >

At present, there are no restrictions on entry in Germany for persons coming from the EU and Schengen Area countries, but all passengers travelling to Germany, need to have a covid-19 certificate. Some restrictions on public life affect travel in Germany.

Travelling to Sweden

Until 20 January 2022

All at least 12-year-old foreigners – even vaccinated and recovered – must present a negative covid-19 test certificate upon arrival in Sweden (antigen test or PCR/NAAN test max. 48 hours old on entry).

Also foreigners who are only travelling through Sweden e.g. to Germany or Finland need to have the certificate.

As from 21 January 2022

All at least 18-year-old foreigners must present one of the following covid-19 certificates upon arrival in Sweden:

  • a negative covid-19 test certificate (max. 72 hours old upon arrival), or
  • a certificate of covid-19 vaccination (received at least 14 days before, 2-dose vaccines: 2nd dose required), or
  • a certificate of recovery from covid-19 disease (11 days – 6 months old upon arrival).

Also foreigners who are only travelling through Sweden e.g. to Finland or Norway need to have a covid-19 certificate.

Coronavirus testing stations near the port of Travemünde e.g. cbaMed in Lübeck > or Testzentrum Ostsee >. cbaMed's rapid antigen test costs 30 EUR.

More information at the website of the Swedish Police >

FAQs at the website of the Swedish Police >

More information at the website of the Swedish Ministry of Justice > 

If new travel bans are set by national or international authorities and they affect passenger traffic on Finnlines’ vessels, we will directly contact all passenger effected by these specific bans.

Modification and Cancellation of Terms 

The terms for modifying or canceling bookings depend on the category of the ticket. Due to the extent of the coronavirus outbreak, we have made amendments to the modification terms of our Special category ticket. Please mention always your booking number when contacting our Call Center.

Do you already have a booking for 2022?

If you are a Star Club Member and have made a Special category booking through the Finnlines online booking system 1 December 2021 or later (or a booking with the offer code BLACKS during the Black Friday week), the departure date of the booking can be changed once. The new departure date must be at the latest on 31 December 2022. If you change to a date / sailing time with a higher fare, you will have to pay the difference between your original and new ticket. On the route Helsinki–Travemünde the change fee is always at least 30 EUR / change and on the other routes 15 EUR / change. If you want to change your departure date, please, contact our call center at least seven full business days before the departure date. Please note that Special category tickets are non-refundable.

Other bookings are subject to regular terms and conditions of carriage at the moment.

Planning to Book for the Future?

Star Club Members will be automatically granted amended modification terms to all new special category bookings until 31 December 2022. The journey must be booked directly through the Finnlines online booking system by 10 February 2022.
Read more >

Other bookings are subject to regular terms and conditions of carriage

Measures on Board

Finnlines closely monitors the development of the coronavirus outbreak and acts in accordance to the guidelines and instructions set by national and international health authorities. On board our ships, passengers are instructed on how they can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, we at Finnlines have intensified our on-board cleaning routines and pay careful attention to keeping all surface areas regularly cleaned.

Read more about our precautionary measures >


Healthcare Authorities' Instructions for Travellers
Germany
Finland
Sweden

More Basic Information on the Coronavirus
World Health Organization
Basic Protective Measures
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control