Arriving in Joensuu and Karelia during COVID-19

updated 1.7.2022

Good to know

  • As of 1 July 2022, all COVID-19-related restric­tions on entry to Finland have been lifted. You are no longer required to present a certificate of your COVID-19 vacci­na­tions or a negative test result at the border.
  • However, it is strongly recom­mended to get a full series of COVID-19 vacci­na­tions before arrival. 
  • Before departure, check if your airline or any of the transit countries requires a negative COVID-19 test. Wearing a face mask on flights might be required. Remember good hand and coughing hygiene and the use of hand sanitizer when travelling.
  • Keep all your important documents in your hand luggage when travelling: tickets, visa/residence permit, admission and insurance documents, confir­mation of your lease and address in Joensuu. 

Before travelling, please check the official up-to-date information:

At Helsinki airport

Travelling to Joensuu

Train is the best way to travel to Joensuu from the airport. There are several trains daily from Helsinki to Joensuu (about 440 km north-east from Helsinki).

Commuter trains P and I operate between Helsinki Airport and Helsinki city centre. 

1) Take commuter train P to Tikkurila. (Please note: commuter train I does NOT go via Tikkurila!)
2) Transfer to Intercity or Pendolino train from Tikkurila to Joensuu. (Joensuu is the last destination)

If you are in Helsinki City Centre, take Intercity or Pendolino train from the main railway station directly to Joensuu. 

Where to buy train tickets? 

  • In advance from the VR (Finnish railways) website OR VR Matkalla App OR
    • from the ticket vending machine at the airport, Helsinki main railway station or Tikkurila railway station, or 
    • from any R-kioski, for example at the airport or Tikkurila railway station

Buying online some weeks before the trip is the cheapest option. It is NOT possible to buy a ticket from the conductor on the train. 

  • Flights between Helsinki and Joensuu: There are no flights between Helsinki and Joensuu from 14 August until 31 October 2022! Swedish airline Amapola operates the service until 14 August. Timetables and tickets can be booked at
    • The Joensuu airport is located about 11 km from the Joensuu city centre. There is usually a bus leaving after each flight from the airport to the city centre. Airport info .

Arriving in Joensuu

  • Exchange students: please inform Karelia Inter­na­tional Office (arrival form link sent to you!) and your student tutor about your arrival beforehand.
  • Degree students, please inform also your study counsellor. 
    • Inter­na­tional Business: riikka.kaasinen (at)
    • Indus­trial Management: jukka.tulonen (at)
  • If you wish, your student tutor will pick up your key and deliver it to you when meeting you. Please agree on this well in advance!

Public transport (local buses) in Joensuu 

Maps, timetables, fares:

Any symptoms after your arrival

If you get any flu or stomach flu symptoms after your arrival, remember the safety instruc­tions (avoid meeting anybody, keep your distance, hand and coughing hygiene). You may also take an antigen home test.

Updated instruc­tions on COVID-19 in North Karelia

You can complete a symptom assessment at If you meet certain criteria, the Omaolo service will instruct you to call the emergency help support number at 116 117 available 24/7.

  • In order to avoid contacts, you can order groceries online from K-Ruoka or Foodie. These services are unfor­tu­nately available only in Finnish but you can use trans­lation apps like Google Translate or maybe you ask your tutor to help you. For ordering restaurant meals at home, you can use: Wolt: or Foodora:
  • You can be in touch with Karelia staff during the self-quarantine for example through Teams sessions and emails.

Additional links

Karelia’s coron­ainfo:
Coron­avirus situation in the EU: