Traveling to Finland

 

Visa

EU-nationals do not require a visa to enter Finland. Please check here the necessary travel documents when traveling to Finland. 

If you need a visa, you can apply for it from the nearest Finnish mission or the visa centre that the mission advises to you. Honorary consuls and consulates cannot grant visas. Submit your visa application at a mission or visa centre in person. An application cannot be sent by e-mail or telefax. Visa application forms can be found here.

Even if you did not need a visa to visit Finland, you need a valid passport or some other travel document accepted by Finland. It must be valid for at least ninety days after your intended date of departure from the Schengen area.

In addition, the passport or other travel document must have been issued no later than ten years ago.

Upon arrival in Finland, you must meet the general entry requirements according to which a person must not constitute a danger to public order and security, national health, or Finland’s international relations. 

Source: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland

Public transport

In Helsinki Metropolitan Area public transportation is well accessible and organized. Trams, buses, and metro services are all available in Helsinki and operate on the same ticket.

Please note that transfer from Helsinki-Vantaa international airport to the hotel is not included in the Summit program. Public train and bus tickets from airport to city center cost 4,20€ - 5,00 euros. Finnair City Bus tickets cost 6,90 euros. Taxi from airport to hotel Crowne Plaza is approximately 40-50 euros.

The train connection between Helsinki city centre and Helsinki Airport takes about 30 minutes. There are two services: train I and train P.  Schedules, ticket prices and routes are available at HSL website. At the airport you can buy a train ticket from the following spots:

  • HSL ticket automates (by the entrance of the train station; at baggage claim 2B)
  • Alepa Grocery Store (T2 Arrivals Hall 2B)
  • WH Smith (T1 Departure Hall)
  • WH Smith (T2 Departure Hall)
  • R-kioski (T2 Arrivals Hall 2A)
  • Tourist information (T2 Arrivals Hall 2A) • HSL Mobile Ticket app https://www.hsl.fi/en/app

Please note that it is not possible to buy a ticket in the train. The entrance to the train station is in the corridor between the terminals. Buses Line 615 and the Finnair City Bus  also operate between Helsinki Railway Station and the airport. The timetables of other trains and buses in the Helsinki metropolitan area are available in the HSL Journey Planner. 

Climate

The climate of Finland is characterized by long winters. In March, the temperature can range between -10 and 0 degrees Celsius. Grounds may be icy and snowy. We promise a warm atmosphere at the venue, but we recommend a winter jacket, gloves and a hat, as well as shoes that can keep your warm and dry outdoors too.

Emergency

The emergency number in Finland is 112. You can call the emergency number 112 free of charge from any phone with no need for an area code. Dial this number in a case of genuine emergency – in urgent matters when someone’s life, health, property or the environment is threatened or in danger or if you have cause to assume this to be the case. Please see here  for further details.

Health and Safety

Finland has been continuously ranked as one of the safest countries in the world, both in terms of very low crime rates as well as health and hygiene. No vaccinations or inoculations are required.

Shopping hours

In Helsinki, during weekdays most shops are open until 20 pm or 21 pm. During Saturdays, most shops close between 3 pm and 6 pm, while bigger supermarkets and grocery stores are open until 9 pm. On Sundays, some shops stay open until 6 pm, while others are closed.

Credit Cards

In Finland, American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, Access, Master Card and Visa are accepted in hotels, restaurants, larger shops, and department stores. Visa Electron is also accepted in many shops and department stores.

Source: Visit Finland

Tap water

Finland’s tap water is among the highest quality in the world and is safe for drinking; in fact, it is cleaner than bottled waters. Enjoy!

Charging your Phone

In Finland the power sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.