This page contains useful links and information for international travelers planning to visit North Karelia during the coronavirus pandemic.
Getting in and around North Karelia
Traveling to Finland from abroad is allowed from selected countries. Please check valid information on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.
At the moment North Karelia can be reached by train, by bus or by car. You can also fly from Helsinki to Kuopio, rent a car and drive to Joensuu in one hour. The most convenient way of moving inside North Karelia is by car. A bike is a good option for short distances.
Official hygiene and healt care guidance
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare provides the official information about coronavirus.
VisitFinland has also gathered a coronavirus guidance for travelers to Finland.
There have been only few confirmed coronavirus cases in North Karelia since the end of July. (last updated 6.8.2020) However, the situation impacts on the opening hours of local tourist services. Please check the service hours of attractions and activities on the companies’ own channels. Hiking trails and other nature amenities are open.
In case you are feeling ill during your holiday, please contact the health care service of your travel insurance for advice. If you don’t have a travel insurance, follow the instructions of Siun Sote which is the local public health care provider in the area. General emergency number in Finland is 112.
Wearing a mask is recommended in public transport, where close contacts cannot always be avoided, to persons seeking the coronavirus test on their way to take the test and before the completion of test results. Also to passengers arriving in Finland from a risk area. Read detailed information from THL's website.
Take care of yourself and the others and enjoy your holiday in North Karelia!