Thursday 10/28/21
CORONAVIRUS

Finnair resumes passenger flights from the UK and Ireland to Finland

Passengers must present a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test, and if the document is not provided, they will be denied boarding.

Finnair aircraft on the ground. Photo: Mikko Pylkkö/Finnair.
Finnair aircraft on the ground. Photo: Mikko Pylkkö/Finnair.

Finnair will restart passenger flights from the UK and Ireland to Finland from Monday January 25, 2021, following the decision of the Finnish traffic authority, Traficom, to allow passenger flights from these countries.

The decision to restore the flights was announced by the Finnish flag carrier on Sunday in a press release.

In line with the recommendation by the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare, Finnair will also from Thursday 28 January onwards require that passengers present a certificate of a negative covid-19 test result, or a certificate of a previous Covid-19 infection if they travel on any Finnair flight to Finland.

This requirement does not apply to customers transferring at Helsinki Airport for their international connecting flights. The certificate requirement is in force until further notice.

“This requirement complements our other comprehensive measures both onboard and at airports to ensure safe travel during the pandemic”, says Jaakko Schildt, Chief Operating Officer, Finnair. “This is also in line with the increasing trend of countries requiring a negative test result for entry.”

Directed to Covid-19 testing

The new test certificate requirement by Finnair does not change the procedures by the local health authorities upon arrival in Finland. All passengers arriving at Helsinki Airport from abroad are directed to Covid-19 testing.

Finnair communicates the new requirement to its customers in all customer communications channels.

Finnair staff will check the test certificate or other certificate at check-in or at the gate, and failure to provide the required document will result in boarding being denied.

Customers can then postpone their travel by contacting Finnair.

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