HUS Deploys Free Covid Test Certificates


File photo of a coronavirus drive-through test center in Pasila, Helsinki.

Image: Jorge Gonzalez / Yle

The Helsinki University Hospital District (HUS) has launched the service (external link) allowing patients to download a free certificate in English confirming a negative coronavirus test, the district said in a press release on Tuesday.

Lasse Lehtonen, Director of Diagnostic Services at HUS, wrote in the statement that certificates of negative test results were increasingly requested as several countries and tour operators began to request them.

Ferry operators now require passengers arriving from abroad to provide either a certificate proving a negative coronavirus test or a medical certificate confirming recovery from the infection. This new measure, effective from Tuesday 23 February, applies to passengers over 12 years old as well as Finnish citizens arriving in the country.

No certificate is required for passengers on cruise ships that do not disembark.

The negative result of the coronavirus test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours before the start of the trip to be valid for boarding.

Passport details added, if necessary

The coronavirus test certificate provided by HUS contains the patient’s personal data as well as the date of the test and the test method. If necessary, passport information can also be added to the certificate if the destination country requires it.

“The automated process reduces the pressure on healthcare staff if the certificate is available as a self-service option,” said Lehtonen.

Until now, patients with HUS have not been able to receive an official certificate of negative result via the “coronabot” service of the hospital district, unless requested separately. Passengers were even barred from boarding flights at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport due to lack of necessary documents, as Yle reported in early January.

Access to the online service requires authentication with bank details or via a mobile phone. The service provides certificates for negative coronavirus tests analyzed by the HUS diagnostic center for residents of Uusimaa and Kymenlaakso.

The option to obtain a certificate in the name of another person, such as a child, will be offered at a later date.

The service was launched in Finnish, but will later be available in Swedish and English, HUS added.


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