Read latest updates about coronavirus on THL's webpage.

If you have a mild respiratory infection, seek a laboratory test

  • Anyone with the slightest symptoms of a coronavirus infection are adviced to seek a laboratory test.

When you want to book a test appointment, do the following:

  • You can go straight without an appointment at the private medical centers Mehiläinen or Terveystalo. Getting tested is free for all, and there is no need for a referral.
  • The Mehiläinen drive-in testing point is available at Sairaalakatu 1. The testing point is open Mon-Fri 7.30-14.30 and Sat-Sun 8.30-11.30 AM. You don't have to make an appointment. You can arrive by car, but also by walking or by bike.
  • The Terveystalo testing point is located in the Revontuli shopping centre (Koskikatu 27). The testing point is open Mon-Fri 7.20-13.00. You don't have to make an appointment.
  • If you are an employee of the city, book an appointment at the occupational health care Lappica by phoning 020-692 190 


 Wear a face mask in all public indoor settings

The City of Rovaniemi recommends wearing a face mask in all public indoor settings where safety distances cannot be maintained. In addition to public transport, it is recommended to wear a face mask in places such as shops, shopping centres, libraries, offices, theatres, museums and restaurants. The mask recommendation also applies to universities, upper secondary schools and vocational educational institutions. The strong recommendation applies to both staff and students. The mask recommendation for educational institutions is valid until 28 February 2021.

The City of Rovaniemi provides free face masks to those with limited means. Students with limited means can obtain face masks from their educational institution. 

The general face mask recommendations issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) are also valid in Rovaniemi. In addition to the above, THL recommends wearing a face mask

  • On the way to the corona test centre and before the test result has been confirmed if you must leave your house for essential reasons. 
  • When a passenger arriving in Finland from a risk area goes from the point of entry to Finland to the place they will quarantine themselves or if they have an essential reason to leave their home during the quarantine period.

When meeting friends and relatives, those at risk and their guests are recommended to wear a face mask when safety distances cannot be maintained. 

Protect yourself and others from getting sick

WHO’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

Wash your hands

  • after coughing or sneezing
  • when caring for the sick
  • before, during and after you prepare food
  • before eating
  • after toilet use
  • when hands are visibly dirty
  • after handling animals or animal waste

Wash your hands with soap and running water when your hands are visibly dirty. If your hands are not visibly dirty, fequently clean them by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Protect others from getting sick

  • when coughing and sneezing cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue
  • throw tissue into closed bin immediately after use
  • clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water after coughing or sneezing and when caring for the sick
  • avoid close contact when you are experiencing cough and fever
  • avoid spitting in public