Finnair has decided to put their internal medical clinic to work that must have been relatively quiet while most of the staff are on leave and offer rapid antigen tests for 65 euros.
The headquarter is very close to terminal 2, and Finnair promises to have the results with a PDF in your email within 2 hours of the test (why not in 30 minutes or less?).
Here’s the release from Finnair:
Finnair to offer an affordable corona testing near Helsinki Airport
Several EU countries require travellers to have a negative corona test as a requirement for entry. To make travel more accessible to more people, Finnair is now introducing a rapid antigen test that costs just 65 euros and is available from 4 August. Testing is handled by Finnair Health Services and it’s available at Finnair’s headquarters in Vantaa near the airport at Tietotie 9.
The test can be booked online at finnairtest.mbooking.fi. The booking can be made with a Finnish personal identity code, or your date of birth. The test result and certificate in English are delivered electronically within two hours. The results are also available in My Kanta in Finland.
“Pre-testing is a prerequisite for safe travel in many countries. Therefore it must be affordable and reasonably priced for anyone who wants to travel. Finnair’s new rapid antigen testing service smoothens the journey. The rapid antigen test is a good option for tourists arriving in Finland who need a negative corona test certificate for their return journey. A growing number of countries are accepting rapid antigen testing as a travel document. Our aim is to make this available also in other locations in Finland”, says Kaarlo Karvonen, Finnair’s Head of Security.
The rapid antigen test is valid in most EU and Schengen countries and you get the result quickly, making it easier to plan travel. The entry requirements of different countries can be checked on the travel restrictions map on Finnair’s website or the websites of the authorities of the countries. Some countries only accept PCR testing for pre-testing, which Finnair does not yet offer. The PCR test result can be obtained, for example, from Finnair’s partner Terveystalo or another health care provider.
More information about the service will be available on finnair.com.
9-Lives Testing Available At The Airport & City Center + Other Locations
There is another testing option at the airport with ridiculous pricing and limited hours. 9-Lives is located at the arrivals level right outside of Terminal 1, where the cabs have also temporarily been relocated due to airport expansion.
The KELA pricing only applies if you have a valid reason to get tested (medical not travel-related) and have a referral.
9-Lives also has a testing location at the center of Helsinki in Kamppi that has more customer-friendly hours. They promise to get you the antigen test results in 30 minutes and PCR-RT in 12.
The Covid-19 testing that is not done as part of the FinEntry (free for everyone, even non-nationals or residents) or OmaOlo (if you “suspect” to have Covid-19 like symptoms) is rather pricey.
The rapid antigen test that I did at Athens airport cost 20 euros and the one in Barcelona 30. There is no reason to charge 65 euros for this test, which is not very accurate, to begin with, that cost perhaps a euro or two (Hilton Athens was selling a test device for five euros).
However, it is good that there is now a competing test option at the airport, and you have not left with 9-Lives that charges, when all “extras” and mandatory fees are included, eye-watering 150 euros for antigen 214 euros for PCR-RT.