From July onwards, several coronavirus infections have been detected in the Turku area among persons who have travelled in the Mediterranean Balkan area e.g. in Albania, Serbia and North Macedonia. Also further infections within families have occurred. The City of Turku and the Hospital District of Southwest Finland are collaboratively piloting the operating of a health information point at Turku Airport starting from last weekend.

Travel and the coronavirus epidemic (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare)
Instructions for travellers arriving to Finland, e.g. further information on self-isolation.

The Finnish Government continues to recommend avoiding unnecessary travel to all countries except countries from which you are allowed to return without any restrictions. Travelling to areas where the epidemic is active also increases the risk of coronavirus spreading in Finland.

Flights arrive at Turku Airport also from countries where the situation with coronavirus is worse or getting worse, e.g. North Macedonia and Poland.

- The coronavirus situation is particularly bad in the area of the Mediterranean Balkan Peninsula. It is essential that anyone who has travelled there and arrives in Finland self-isolates for 14 days. In this way, we can prevent the spreading of infections in Finland, says Chief Physician for Infectious Diseases at the City of Turku Jutta Peltoniemi.

Operating of a health information point piloted

The City of Turku and the Hospital District of Southwest Finland are collaboratively piloting the operating of a health information point at Turku Airport. Travellers are given advice on further care and quarantine. If necessary, they are advised to get tested for coronavirus. Passengers who have symptoms related to coronavirus or suspect having caught an infection are tested. These measures will become a permanent model which will later be extended also to the Port of Turku.

- At the moment, travellers arriving in Turku via air transport and air travel connections are a crucial group for preventing the spread of coronavirus. For this reason, we begin measures at Turku Airport, says Director of the Welfare Division Riitta Liuksa.

Travelling increases the risk of coronavirus spreading. Therefore, everyone must pay attention to how they are feeling and get tested for coronavirus when necessary. In this way, we can minimise the risk of the epidemic spreading.

If you have travelled or spent a longer time abroad and return to Finland, keep an eye on your health and take the following into consideration:

  • If you or some of your family members have fever, cough, shortness of breath, cold, muscle pain or diarrhoea, it is important to get tested for coronavirus.
  • You can contact the coronavirus helpline also if you have no symptoms and are coming from areas with a very high risk of coronavirus.
  •  During weekdays, contact the City of Turku coronavirus helpline (tel. +358 2 266 2714) or the telephone service for booking appointments at health stations in Turku (tel. +358 2 266 1130). During weekend, contact the joint emergency services of the Turku region (tel. +358 2 313 8800) or test your symptoms at omaolo.fi.