Coronasivun kuvakaruselli

Coronavirus testing

Take a home test or book an appointment

Patients over 12 years of age should always take a coronavirus test if they have symptoms consistent with a coronavirus infection.

If you suspect that you have been infected with coronavirus, you can take a home test.

Book an appointment for a coronavirus test taken by healthcare if you have symptoms consistent with a coronavirus infection and:

  • you are part of an at-risk group for severe coronavirus disease, or if
  • you are pregnant or if
  • you work in customer or patient services in social and health care, or if
  • you work at any job in a 24-hour facility for elderly care or services for the disabled

If you need a coronavirus test taken by healthcare services, fill in the coronavirus symptom checker in the Omaolo service.

  • After filling in the symptom checker, you can either book an appointment directly online or you will receive instructions to wait for a professional to contact you.
  • In Omaolo, a guardian can also book an appointment for a child under the age of 15.

If you do not have access to the Internet, call your local health station, or in urgent cases, the Medical Helpline 116117.

Coronavirus tests are taken at the Central Hospital and at seven infectious diseases clinics located in connection with the health stations in Liperi, Kitee, Nurmes, Lieksa and Ilomantsi and the Siilanen health station in Joensuu. Always make an appointment for getting a coronavirus test.

Coronavirus tests for children under 12

Mild symptoms of viral infection in a child under the age of 12 can be monitored at home without testing whether or not the child has received coronavirus vaccinations. The symptoms are mild when the child is active, and the child has energy to play even if they have a cold, fever or cough. However, contacts outside the family should be avoided until the symptoms have clearly eased.

A child under 12 years of age can be tested with a home test if they have mild symptoms. See the instructions further down this page.

A child should be tested for coronavirus by healthcare services in the following cases:

  • The child is in a risk group for severe coronavirus disease.

  • A physician or another health care professional assesses that a test is necessary.

Further information: Children and coronavirus (thl.fi)

Coronavirus self-tests

If you have mild symptoms of viral infection, you can take an antigen home test. The home test results are more reliable if the test is repeated on several consecutive days or every 2–3 days.

A positive result from a home test does not need to be verified by laboratory testing if the following conditions are met:

  • your symptoms are mild and do not require contacting healthcare services
  • you are not in a risk group for the coronavirus disease and are not pregnant
  • you do not work at a social welfare and health care unit
  • you do not need a certificate of having had the disease for a COVID passport. The COVID passport only shows a coronavirus infection confirmed by a test conducted by healthcare services.

However, you should voluntarily avoid contacts with people who are not members of the household for five days. The time is calculated from the beginning of the symptoms. Follow the instructions for people who have been infected: Instructions for people who have been infected

The home test does not entitle to the infectious disease allowance, nor does it result in a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 for the COVID-19 passport. If I need an official certificate, always get tested by a healthcare professional.

What do I do if I get a positive result from a home test?

  • If your symptoms are mild, you can stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
  • Read the instructions for people who have been infected: Instructions for people who have been infected
  • If you have no symptoms requiring urgent care, you do not need to call a health station or the emergency clinic.
  • If you get serious symptoms, such as breathing difficulties, and if your general state of health deteriorates, contact the Medical Helpline by phone: 116 117, or contact your health station. Always call before visiting.
  • In a life-threatening emergency, call the emergency number 112. When you call, mention your infection.

What do I do if I get a positive result from a test taken by healthcare services?

  • Stay at home and wait patiently for instructions from Siun sote. You will receive instructions by phone.
  • If you have no symptoms requiring urgent care, you do not need to call a health station or the emergency clinic.
  • If you get serious symptoms, such as breathing difficulties, and if your general state of health deteriorates, contact the Medical Helpline by phone: 116 117, or contact your health station. Always call before visiting.
  • In a life-threatening emergency, call the emergency number 112. When you call, mention your infection.

Tests taken by healthcare services

When you are coming to get tested for coronavirus

  • Arrive for the test preferably by your own car or by walking or by bike. If using public transport is your only option, you absolutely have to wear a mask. Keep a distance to other passengers.
  • Arrive at the site at the time reserved for you. Sampling points do not have any waiting facilities.
  • Bring your ID. You will be asked for your ID in connection with sampling.
  • Arrive for sampling with a mask on your face.
  • You will receive patient instructions from the test site explaining how to proceed after sampling.

Wait for your result at home

It takes 1–2 days to receive your coronavirus test results, depending on the number of samples taken each day.

  • If the result is negative, you will be sent a text message if you have given Siun sote permission to send you text messages.
  • If you test positive, you will receive your result and instructions by text message.
  • You can see your test results on My Kanta Pages. The result can be seen as soon as the test is ready. If necessary, you will be notified by SMS or phone.

Wait for your result at home and avoid close contact with other people.

Coronavirus test are mainly free of charge

The test is subject to a fee in the following cases:

Tests taken upon arrival in the country and 72 hours thereafter are still free of charge for all.

Tests for the COVID-19 Certificate are free of charge for children aged 16–17.

Coronavirus tests for travel

If you need a certificate of a negative coronavirus test for an airline or the border authorities of a destination country, we recommend that you primarily use private service providers. For your travel you might need a certificate of a coronavirus test in English, in addition to a separate Fit-to-Fly certificate if your state of health requires it.

If necessary, it is also possible to book a coronavirus test for travel at a Siun sote health station. A coronavirus test taken for purposes of travel is subject to a fee. Reserve an appointment by calling a health station.

  • The cost of a coronavirus test taken on a weekday is EUR 131
  • A test taken on a weekend or holiday costs EUR 300 (Synlab)

EU certificates for coronavirus vaccines, tests, and having had coronavirus disease are available through the My Kanta service. The information is in Finnish, Swedish, and English.

Coronavirus tests on arrival in the country

Travellers arriving from high-risk countries will be sent to a health check-up at the point of entry, and to a coronavirus test if necessary. The health check-up includes the examination of the traveller's coronavirus test certificate, certificate of having had the disease, or of the vaccinations that the traveller has been given.

Health officials will ask for your contact information if you also need to be tested for the coronavirus within 72 hours of arriving in the country. Providing the contact information is mandatory.

Coronavirus tests are free of charge to all passengers arriving in the country.

Further information and instructions for travellers:

COVID certificates linkki

Coronavirus information and instructions