The impacts of coronavirus in Ruka-Kuusamo area

Last updates on 18.10.2021

Current information about coronavirus and travelling to Finland by Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
Guidelines for travelers by Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
Covid-19 coronavirus and guidance for travelers to Finland by Visit Finland

Tourism operators in Ruka-Kuusamo always act in accordance with their values, responsibly and working together. We will ensure that the area is safe to travel and that here it is safe to be. Please help us, travel responsibly and follow health guidelines.

Q&A:

Can I travel to Finland?
People arriving in Finland will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or of recovery from COVID-19 within the past six months. Please refer to Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare for the approved vaccinations. Those who show proof of one of the above will not be subject to other health security obligations upon arrival in Finland. Children born in 2006 or thereafter are not required to take part in a health examination or a COVID-19 test. All other persons must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken before entering the country or proof of a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine received at least 14 days prior to entry. In both of these cases, the person must also take a COVID-19 test 3–5 days after arriving in the country. They must avoid contact with others and remain at home or in their place of accommodation until they receive confirmation of a negative test result.

If a person arriving in Finland does not have proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, recovery from COVID-19, a negative test result or a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine received at least 14 days prior to arrival in Finland, they must be tested for COVID-19 as soon as they arrive in Finland and a second time 3–5 days after arrival.

The obligation to show proof or be tested for COVID-19 does not apply to people arriving in Finland from countries or regions where the incidence of COVID-19 or the prevalence of virus variants does not pose a particular risk. (Source Finnish Government)

See the Finnish Border Guard website for information on who and under what conditions may enter Finland.

We recommend using Finentry, a digital service that makes it easier to travel to Finland and manage the coronavirus testing that may be required for entry.

Is it safe to travel to Ruka-Kuusamo?
We do our best that it's safe to travel to our destination. Even in this challenging situation, we serve our guests in the best possible way, taking care of our personnel's and customers' safety. Past summer and winter seasons showed that by good co-operation and responsible behavior, it is possible to travel safely. We've enhanced the level of hygiene and increased communication to customers, and we are following the instructions of the authorities actively. Each company will also give instructions to their guests on their own channels. Please remember your own responsibility as a client to to follow the safety instructions.

When travelling in Ruka-Kuusamo area, what should I do?
When travelling in Ruka-Kuusamo, please be aware of your own responsibilities. Follow the recommendations of the Finnish government and instructions given in Kanta.fi (information system for social welfare services in Finland). If you are sick, please stay home. When moving around, please take good care of your personal hygiene, pay attention to safety distance and wear a face mask. When possible, buy services and products online and make table reservations in advance. Act in a responsible way.

Are there corona infected persons in Ruka-Kuusamo area?
The situation in Kuusamo has been mainly calm. In order to control the spread of the disease in the area, there are recommendations for everyone to follow. Official updates about the regional epidemic situation at Finnish institute for health and welfare web pages. Look for data about Oulu University Hospital area.

Do I have to wear a mask?
It is recommended to use a face mask. Take a look at the recommendations for using masks by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

We recommend using Koronavilkku app
Koronavilkku is a contact tracing app produced by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) to help you find out whether you may have been exposed to coronavirus. We recommend using Koronavilkku to our personnel as well as for travellers.

Where can I get Covid-19 testing in Ruka and Kuusamo?
Kuusamo Health Center serves tourists in matters related to the coronavirus. Persons with symptons can book an appointment for an antigen rapid test at Ruka Medical Center Bene. Appointments from +358 40 7077 123.

Where can I find information about service providers and their opening hours?
Get inspired and check availability at Ruka-Kuusamo Winter pages. We actively update the opening hours of our member companies. Opening hours can also be checked on the companies' own channels.

Are restaurants open and do they deliver food to accommodations?
Restaurants are open and Ruka-Kuusamo's restaurants can be found here. You are warmly welcome to dine on site. We recommend making a table reservation in advance to ensure access to the restaurant at your preferred time. Take-away food and home deliveries are available in many restaurants.

Are locals happy for the tourists to be there?
Tourism is an important livelihood in our area and a big part of the locals get their living from tourism. Travellers are warmly welcome to Ruka-Kuusamo.

How can one get to Ruka-Kuusamo area?
Ruka-Kuusamo area can be reached by car, by bus and by train + bus combination. Find flights to Kuusamo on Finnair's pages. You can also fly to Oulu or Rovaniemi and take a bus to Kuusamo.

Are there events at the moment?
Please follow the situation in Ruka-Kuusamo event calendar.

Our guidelines for Ski Resort visitors

We wish you a safe visit in Ruka Ski Resort. Our various units operate in accordance with the recommendations given by Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL) and Finnish Ski Area Association (SHKY). When visiting the ski resort indoors (rental shops, ticket sales, ski school, Ruka Store and Ruka Brand Village), please follow the unit-specific instructions for each location. Thank you for cooperating with us so that we can guarantee a safe and relaxing holiday for everyone.

Always keep in mind:
Please only visit us in good health.
Maintain the recommended safety distance. 
Remember hand and cough hygiene.
Put used handkerchiefs and disposable protective masks in the trash.
Buy your tickets in advance from our online store if possible.
Use remote payment whenever possible.
If you travel in a bubble chairlift and gondola lift between non-members of your party, we recommend wearing a protective mask.
Ensure safety distances. If you cannot keep a sufficient distance, wear a protective mask.
If you travel in a canopy chairlift and gondola lift between non-members of your party, we recommend wearing a protective mask.
We recommend using a protective mask indoors where there are a lot of people close to each other.
Act responsibly, follow the slope rules and the instructions given by the staff.

Staying in Ski-Inn Accommodation? Please read our COVID-19 guidelines.

More information: 
Tourist information: +358 8 8600 250, info@rukakuusamo.fi
Mats Lindfors, CEO, Ruka-Kuusamo Tourist Association, tel. +358 40 0747356, mats.lindfors@rukakuusamo.fi