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:
- Instructions of the Finnish border guard
- Finnish government website on entry restrictions and health measures
- Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL): Travel and the coronavirus pandemic
At Helsinki airport
- Check the website of Helsinki airport for practical information
- General information on transport to/from the Helsinki airport (trains, buses, taxis, car rentals)
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.
- Safety instructions for travelling in trains: https://www.vr.fi/en/corona
- Please note that you are entitled to student discounts on Finnish trains and buses only if you have a Finnish student card or a special VR student certificate.
- Exchange students: It is not possible for exchange students to get a Finnish student card or temporary student certificate in advance.
- Degree students in International Business and Industrial Management: If you have not received your student card yet, you can order the VR student certificate from Karelia Student Services in advance and buy a student ticket for your train journey. The certificate will be sent to you by post. Note that you must show the original document to the conductor in the train!
- Long distance busses to Joensuu leave from the Helsinki city centre (Kamppi central bus station).
- Matkahuolto, long distance bus services.
- Onnibus, long distance bus services.
- 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 https://www.amapola.nu/.
- 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) karelia.fi
- Industrial Management: jukka.tulonen (at) karelia.fi
- 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!
Maps, timetables, fares: https://jojo.joensuu.fi/en/web/jojo-english
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.
You can complete a symptom assessment at omaolo.fi. 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: wolt.com/en or Foodora: foodora.fi/en/.
- You can be in touch with Karelia staff during the self-quarantine for example through Teams sessions and emails.