Travel

As of Friday, 13 March 2020, all work- and studies-related travel abroad is prohibited, and leisure time travel is recommended to be avoided as well. Everyone returning from abroad must work or study from home for 14 days before coming to the university. The same 14-day stay-at-home period applies to situations where someone you live with (a member of your family, roommate, etc.) returns from abroad. In this case, too, you will need to study or work from home.

Should someone now choose to travel abroad despite the travel ban, no salary will be paid during the 14-day stay-at-home period. At the moment, the university does not receive any external visitors, not from Finland or from abroad.

The university also tightens its regulations on domestic travel. Domestic travel is not recommended, and meetings requiring travel should be attended via videoconferencing solutions whenever possible.
 

Can I travel abroad?
No, you can’t. All travel abroad is prohibited at the moment.

What is the basis of the decision that no salary will be paid during the 14-day safety period if an employee travels abroad on his or her leisure time? (Updated 16 March 2020 at 10.38)
If an employee now travels abroad against the instructions given by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Finnish Government and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the 14-day stay-at-home safety period will be unsalaried, unless the employee wishes to take out holiday to cover the 14-day period. If an employee has travelled abroad before the instructions were given on 13 March 2020, the normal 14-day rule applies, and salary will be paid. This decision pertains to leisure time travel, effective from 13 March 2020. If an employee  contracts the COVID-19 coronavirus during leisure time travel and is placed in quarantine as a result, the employee is eligible to receive sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease from Kela.

I’m returning from abroad. What should I do? (Updated 18 March 2020 at 9.54)
The facilities of the University of Eastern Finland were closed on 17 March 2020 at 16.00, in accordance with the instructions issued by the Finnish Government on 16 March. Stay at home and work or study from there. If you experience any symptoms of a respiratory infection, contact, by telephone, the public health care on-call number, tel. 116117 (both Joensuu and Kuopio). You can also contact occupational health care by telephone or via chat for further information.


A member of my family or a person living in the same household as I has returned from abroad. What should I do? (Updated 18 March 2020 at 9.54)
The facilities of the University of Eastern Finland were closed on 17 March 2020 at 16.00, in accordance with the instructions issued by the Finnish Government on 16 March. Stay at home and work or study from there. If you experience any symptoms of a respiratory infection, contact, by telephone, the public health care on-call number, tel. 116117 (both Joensuu and Kuopio). You can also contact occupational health care by telephone or via chat for further information.

I have booked a trip abroad. What should I do?
All travel abroad is prohibited at the moment. It is likely that the coronavirus situation will not become better anytime soon. Contact the booking agency and ask about your possibility to postpone or cancel your trip. The applicability of the university’s travel insurance policy to situations caused by the coronavirus has been explained in detail on Yammer (https://www.yammer.com/uef.fi/#/Threads/show?threadId=576256817569792).

 My trip gets postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus situation. What should I do?
Contact the booking agency and ask about your possibility to postpone or cancel your trip. The applicability of the university’s travel insurance policy to situations caused by the coronavirus has been explained in detail on Yammer (https://www.yammer.com/uef.fi/#/Threads/show?threadId=576256817569792).