Corona certificate

You may need a certificate of negative COVID-19 test result, for example, when travelling. The destination country of the trip or the airline may require a certain COVID-19 test, negative COVID-19 test result and a test certificate from passengers. You may also need a separate Fit to Fly certificate on your flight if your health status so requires. If you are planning a trip, check the current regulations concerning the arrival in the country as well as test and certificate requirements from your airline and the authorities of the destination, for example, from the embassy of the country in question.

Read more: Coronavirus tests at Mehiläinen

How can I get a COVID-19 certificate?

If you need a negative COVID-19 test certificate, you can get it after the results have arrived.

Once the negative test result has arrived, you can request a certificate from any Mehiläinen medical clinic. You can pick up the certificate from the reception desk of a Mehiläinen medical clinic. You can also request a certificate by calling and picking it up as agreed or print it through the OmaMehiläinen service. If you need the original certificate instead of a copy, you must pick it up at one of Mehiläinen’s clinics. Please take your personal identification document with you when picking up the certificate. The price of the certificate is EUR 23.

The certificate can be found in the OmaMehiläinen service when recording the corona test referral visit, under Sick leave. To open the certificate, press the OPEN icon. The electronic certificate is free of charge.

The certificate can be found in the OmaMehiläinen service, under Sick leave.

A negative certificate proves that the laboratory analysis of your COVID-19 sample was negative. Please note that a certificate of a negative result is not a Fit to Fly certificate as it does not address the passenger’s health status in terms of safe air travel in any other way.

How can I get a Fit to Fly certificate?

If you intend to travel by plane in Finland or abroad and you have any health issues or you are, for example, pregnant, you might need a separate statement concerning the safety of travelling from a doctor. These statements are called Fit to Fly certificates, by which a doctor issues a statement regarding whether it is appropriate for you to travel by plane. Remember to check what certificates are required by your airline in advance.

If you need a Fit to Fly certificate issued by a doctor, in addition to the negative COVID-19 test certificate, you can book an appointment with a doctor once the negative test result has arrived, even for the same day. The price of the Fit to Fly certificate is EUR 124. Usually, a Fit to Fly certificate issued by a general practitioner is sufficient.

Learn more: Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare – Travel and the COVID-19 pandemic  

Questions and answers about COVID-19 and traveling

How can I take a COVID-19 test before a trip?

​​​​​​A COVID-19 test always requires a referral. You can easily get the referral from the Mehiläinen Digital Clinic. You can also get the referral from your occupational health care if the trip is a business trip.

When you have a referral, you can go to any Mehiläinen testing station. The stations are available on our website.

What does a referral, test and certificate cost?
  • Digital Clinic appointment: €41.90
  • COVID-19 test: €249
  • Certificate of a negative test result: €23
  • You are not entitled to the Kela reimbursement for COVID-19 referrals, tests or certificates related to travelling
How long does it take to get the COVID-19 test result?

PCR tests are usually used for testing asymptomatic passengers. PCR test results will be ready in 1–2 days. In the Helsinki Messukeskus and Hernesaari Drive-in Express testing stations, the result is available as quickly as within six hours.

Please pay attention to the time it takes for the test result to arrive, if the destination country requires a negative test result within a certain time limit.

How early before the trip should the COVID-19 test be taken?

Depends on the country. Passengers must check and pay attention to the time limits. It may, for example, be required that the a negative test must have been taken less than 72 h before arriving in the country.

Where can I get the COVID-19 test result?

You will see the test result in the OmaMehiläinen service. Test results are analysed 24/7, which means that the result may arrive at any time of day.

If the results are for a minor, please make sure that you have added them to your family profile in OmaMehiläinen before arriving to the sampling so that you can see the results.

Do I need a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result?

Some countries require that all passengers arriving in the country must have a negative COVID-19 test result and a certificate proving it. Since this is a country-specific rule, you should check the need for a certificate well in advance before the trip. Airlines may also have their own rules concerning the certificates required from passengers before boarding. Please pay attention to them when planning your trip.

If you need a negative COVID-19 test certificate, you can get it after the negative test result has arrived. Read more about the certificate.

Please pay attention to possible country-specific time limits concerning the negative test result.

Do I need other certificates, for example, a Fit to Fly certificate?

It depends on the country and airline which certificates are requested from passengers. Sometimes, a negative COVID-19 certificate is sufficient, but it is possible that the destination country or airline requires, for example, a so-called Fit to Fly certificate issued by a doctor, in addition to the negative COVID-19 certificate. Please check the certificate requirements well in advance before your trip.

If you need a medical certificate, book an appointment with a doctor.

What is the difference between the COVID-19 certificate and the Fit to Fly certificate?

A certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result or the COVID-19 certificate only indicates that the result of the analysis of your COVID-19 sample was negative. It is does not address your health status in terms of safe air travel in any other way.

The Fit to Fly certificate is the doctor’s statement concerning the safety of travelling. If you intend to travel by plane in Finland or abroad and you have any health issues or you are, for example, pregnant, you might need a Fit to Fly certificate or a separate statement concerning the safety of travelling from a doctor.

Remember to check what certificates are required by your airline in advance.

What should I do if my COVID-19 test before the trip is positive?

If your COVID-19 test is positive, you will be ordered in a quarantine and your trip will be cancelled.

If you need a separate medical certificate for the airline/travel agency/insurance company, contact a doctor via the Digital Clinic or in a remote appointment. Using the services of Digital Clinic costs EUR 41.90 and the remote doctor’s appointment is invoiced on the basis of time used.

What does self-imposed quarantine mean?

Self-imposed quarantine after the trip means that you should avoid close contact with people outside your own household when possible and stay at home. The duration of the self-imposed quarantine after the trip is 10 days. With self-imposed quarantine, you can protect others from infection.

During self-imposed quarantine, you are allowed to leave the quarantine to take care of absolutely necessary errands. Absolutely necessary errands are, for example, doctor’s appointments. Wear a face mask and maintain safe distance when moving outside the quarantine. It is not recommended for adults to go to work and children to daycare/school during self-quarantine.

Learn more: Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare – Travel and the COVID-19 pandemic  

When is the self-quarantine recommended?

As of 12 October 2020, it is recommended that passengers arriving in Finland from a country with high incidence rates remain in self-quarantine for 10 days, which can be shortened with two negative COVID-19 tests.

Learn more:
Government – Entry restrictions 
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare – Travel and the COVID-19 pandemic  

Is it possible to shorten the self-quarantine by taking tests?

It is possible to shorten the self-quarantine with two voluntary negative COVID-19 tests:

  • If you have a negative COVID-19 test certificate that is less than 72 h old when you arrive in Finland, you can take the second COVID-19 test 72 h after arriving in Finland, at the earliest. If both tests are negative, self-imposed quarantine is terminated.
  • If you do not have a negative COVID-19 test certificate that is less than 72 h old when you arrive in Finland, take the COVID-19 test immediately after arriving in Finland and the second COVID-19 test 72 h after the first test, at the earliest. If both tests are negative, self-imposed quarantine is terminated.

Stay in self-quarantine and comply with the instructions while you wait for the test results.

How can I take the test after the trip?

A COVID-19 test always requires a referral. You can easily get the referral from the Mehiläinen Digital Clinic. When you have a referral, you can go to any Mehiläinen testing station. The stations are available on our website.