Work-related travel to high-risk countries for COVID-19 must, as a rule, always be avoided. A business trip to a high-risk country is possible only for a very well-justified reason, and the necessity of the trip for the performance of the university’s duties must be carefully assessed with the supervisor.
When assessing the necessity of the trip, it must be noted that the university’s travel insurance policy does not cover the costs of contracting COVID-19 in a high-risk country, and these costs can, depending on the country, be considerable. Please read Protector insurance company's bulletin on travel insurance policy and coronavirus.
Necessary visitors from abroad (opponents, visiting researchers, students arriving from abroad, etc.) will be welcomed. Visitors arriving in Finland from abroad may not enter the university’s facilities for 10 days following their arrival in Finland. This 10-day safety period should be taken into consideration when making travel and research plans.
Staff mobility (both incoming and outgoing) will be permitted in the spring semester 2021 while observing the guidelines issued by the university, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, and the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, as well as the guidelines of the destination countries and host institutions.
The Finnish Government reviews travel restrictions approximately every two weeks. The latest information on travel restrictions can be found on the Finnish Government’s website. Those returning from a high-risk country are to self-isolate in accordance with the self-isolation guidelines issued by the National Institute for Health and Welfare, THL.
From 1 October 2020, two voluntary COVID-19 tests will be recommended for travellers arriving in Finland from countries with a higher incidence and from which entry into Finland is restricted. An exception is that people from Sweden and Estonia may come to work in Finland without self-isolation or testing. Similarly, residents of border communities at the land borders between Finland and Sweden and between Finland and Norway will not need to self-isolate.
Voluntary COVID-19 tests will allow travellers to shorten the recommended 10-day period of self-isolation.
Residents of Finland returning from countries with higher incidence rates could, at their discretion, shorten the 10-day period of self-isolation by taking a test at the airport or port as soon as they arrive in Finland, followed by a second test in their home municipality after 72 hours at the earliest from taking the first test.
For other travellers arriving in Finland, the recommendation will be to take the first test up to 72 hours (3 days) before arrival. The second test should be taken no earlier than 72 hours (3 days) after entry into the country. Until receiving the result of the second test, persons entering the country should remain in self-isolation at their place of residence. The self-isolation period will end if the test result is negative. If the test result is positive, the doctor will place the person in quarantine until they have recovered.
Travellers staying in Finland for less than three days (less than 72 hours) will not be required to quarantine or take a second test.
A 10-day self-isolation period is not required from persons coming from countries for which restrictions on border traffic have been lifted. In addition, business travel to these countries is allowed, as are visitors from these countries.
- Domestic travel and visits are allowed.
- It is prohibited to enter the campus for 10 days after returning from a country with a higher incidence of COVID-19. From 1 October 2020, two voluntary COVID-19 tests can be used to shorten the self-isolation period.