Coronavirus testing in Helsinki
When to get tested?
Persons aged 12 or older
You should only get tested for coronavirus if you have symptoms indicating coronavirus infection, AND
- you are at risk of suffering from severe COVID-19 or
- you are pregnant or
- you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and you have not had COVID-19, or
- you are at risk of thrombosis (see the risk factors on the HUS website), or
- you work in social welfare or health care services directly with clients or patients, or
- you work in care or disability services, or
- a health care professional has referred you to get tested.
Children under 12
Children under 12 years of age are tested for COVID-19 if they have even mild symptoms indicating COVID-19, AND
- the child is at risk for serious coronavirus disease due to illness or medication, or
- the child lives in the same household or meets regularly with family members or close persons age 16 and older without full vaccine protection*) or with inadequate immunity (resistance) against COVID-19, or
- if a physician has judged that the child’s symptoms require a test.
(*has received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine or has recovered from the coronavirus infection and received one dose of the vaccine)
How to get tested?
Start by completing the symptom assessment. The Omaolo service will refer you to testing if necessary. If your symptoms are severe, a medical professional will evaluate your situation after you complete the symptom assessment. As a guardian, you can act on behalf of a child under the age of 15.
If you are unable to complete the symptom assessment, please call the Coronavirus Helpline, tel. 09 310 10024 (Mon-Fri 8.00-16.00).
You can also ask about corona from the chatbot on www.hel.fi (the chat is live on weekdays 9.00-14.00).
Coronavirus testing points in Helsinki
Note: You can be tested by appointment at the coronavirus testing points listed below.
Herttoniemi, Linnanrakentajantie 4 A (Terveystalo)
Kamppi, Jaakonkatu 3 (Terveystalo)
Kannelmäki, Kaari, Laulukuja 4 (Terveystalo)
Malmi, Malmin lentoaseman aukio (HUS)
Meilahti, Biomedicum, Haartmaninkatu 8 (HUS)
You get the necessary information by SMS after you have filled in the symptom assessment on Omaolo and have been asked to get tested.
The assigned test time is an estimate, please be prepared to wait.
Please follow these instructions when coming in for a test
- Wear a face mask in transit to and from the testing station
- Take care that you practice good hand hygiene during your journey
- Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve
- Maintain a safe distance from other people
Cancellation of a coronavirus test
If you or your child can not attend a booked coronavirus testing appointment, you can change or cancel the appointment at korona.vihta.com. When you change or book the appointment you need a booking key and PIN code that you received in the text message regarding the booked appointment. You can also use strong identification on the website.
If you cancel an appointment that you have booked and want to book a new one, you can also choose a different testing point.
If your symptoms are mild and you are not at risk for serious coronavirus disease, and you are not in any of the above groups, you can take a home test if you wish.
The positive result of a home test does not need to be confirmed by a laboratory test, if your symptoms are mild and do not require contacting health care.
If you need a test for travel, please use private testing services.
The result of the home test is more reliable if the test is repeated on several consecutive days or every 2–3 days. If the home test of a symptomatic person is negative, the test can be repeated after 2–3 days if the symptoms persist.
I’m a recreational traveller and I want to be tested for coronavirus. What do I need to do?Coronavirus tests provided by the public health care are not intended for recreational travellers. Recreational travellers must get tested for coronavirus at private service providers.
What you should do when you arrive in Finland and Helsinki from abroad
Proof of a test resultThe EU Digital COVID Certificate serves as the main form of proof of a test result. It also includes a COVID test certificate. You can download a certificate at My Kanta, and it will show your latest test result. The certificate of a COVID-19 test result will be updated on My Kanta once the test results are ready. Usually, the COVID-19 certificate is available within 24 hours of the test. Read more: EU Digital COVID Certificate can be obtained from My Kanta.
Read more: Coronavirus FAQ: Coronavirus certificates
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