Attention! Allegro passenger services with Finland to resume from 12 December 2021. 

Only citizens of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland can travel on Allegro trains.

Entry into the Russian Federation of citizens of foreign states who have been in the Republic of Botswana, the Republic of Zimbabwe, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Madagascar, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the United Republic of Tanzania, the Kingdom of Eswatini, South Africa during the last 14 days prior to their arrival on the territory of the Russian Federation.

PROCEDURE FOR ENTERING THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION FROM FINLAND

Citizens of the Russian Federation must:

1. fill out the questionnaire in electronic form “Registration Arrivals in the Russian Federation” (when purchasing an electronic ticket) on the Unified Portal of State Services before arriving in the Russian Federation in order to pass through promptly the sanitary and quarantine controls at checkpoints at the Russian Federation’s state borders.

2. undergo a single PCR laboratory test for COVID-19 within two calendar days from the date of their arrival and observe self-isolation at their place of residence (stay) until they have obtained a negative test result.

3. must post information about a PCR laboratory test for COVID-19, past illness or vaccination on the Unified Portal of Public Services (EPGU) www.gosuslugi.ru/400705/1by filling out the form within four calendar days from their date of arrival in the territory of the Russian Federation.

Passengers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 within the last 12 months or contracted COVID-19 in the previous 6 months do not require PCR laboratory testing for COVID-19.

Citizens of the Russian Federation who were in the Republic of Botswana, the Republic of Zimbabwe, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Madagascar, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the United Republic of Tanzania, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Republic of South Africa and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR) during the previous 14 days before arriving in the territory of the Russian Federation, and arriving on the territory of the Russian Federation, must observe the quarantine regime for fourteen calendar days from the date of their arrival and undertake two PCR laboratory tests for COVID-19. The first test must be done within two days from the date of their arrival on the territory of the Russian Federation and the second test from the tenth to the twelfth day from the date of their arrival on the territory of the Russian Federation.

Foreign citizens and stateless persons must provide a medical document (certificate) in Russian or English with a negative test result for COVID-19 in accordance with the PCR method no earlier than two calendar days before arriving in the Russian Federation.

While travelling on the train, passengers must fill out a standard form and hand it over to the train personnel.

TRAIN BOARDING PROCEDURE WHEN ENTERING FINLAND

Passengers should have one of the following documents:

An EU-recognised certificate testifying to a full course of vaccination against the coronavirus, or a certificate in English, Finnish or Swedish showing a negative test result by PCR or Antigen for COVID-19 and made no earlier than 3 days before arriving in Finland, or a certificate of past illness caused by a coronavirus infection no more than 6 months before the trip.

Citizens of the Russian Federation should take into account the fact that after completing a full course of vaccination with vaccines recognised in Finland, or if they have a certificate of a previous COVID-19 infection, they must also present a certificate showing a negative PCR or Antigen COVID-19 test result made less than 48 hours previously in order to enter the country.

This requirement about confirming test results does not apply to citizens of the Russian Federation who are living permanently or have a residence permit in Finland and who arrive in Finland for a justified reason or to citizens of Finland.

A check list with detailed information is available at https://aineistopankki.thl.fi/l/RLHxZ6KJTh87

IN ADDITION

At their departure railway station, on board the train and at their destination station, passengers should take into account and observe:

  • social distance;
  • the need to use personal respiratory protection equipment throughout their journey;
  • the need for personal hygiene and care for fellow passengers.

On Russian-Finnish railway services, Russian Railways and Finland’s VR Group, as well as the national authorities of the country of entry, may conduct additional checks of documents entitling passengers to enter the country, as well as, for example, thermometry when boarding a train or en route in order to check passengers’ body temperature. Please note that passengers with obvious signs that their respiratory passages are inflamed will not allowed to board the train.

Allegro trains have put in place on-board sanitary and hygiene measures, as well as an algorithm for a widely-spaced allocation of seats, which automatically distributes seats to different carriages when tickets are sold. Train personnel wear masks and remind passengers of the need to use masks.

Only citizens of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland can travel on Allegro trains.

Entry into the Russian Federation of citizens of foreign states who have been in the Republic of Botswana, the Republic of Zimbabwe, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Madagascar, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the United Republic of Tanzania, the Kingdom of Eswatini, South Africa during the last 14 days prior to their arrival on the territory of the Russian Federation.

Passengers arriving in Finland who have spent time during the previous 14 days in South Africa, Norway, Denmark, Great Britain and Nigeria must inform the train conductor thereof so that s/he can inform the health authorities of the Republic of Finland in order for them to conduct a mandatory health check (testing) on travellers upon their arrival in the country.

For the current, up-to-date list of categories of persons who are allowed to enter the Russian Federation in accordance with Decree No. 635-r of the Government of the Russian Federation issued on 16 March 2020, please refer to the official website of the Government of the Russian Federation: http://government.ru/docs/39179/

Passengers can enter Finland without going into quarantine upon arrival if they meet any of the following conditions:

  • they have completed a full course of vaccination no later than 7 days before their journey (passengers should check the THL website to learn what series of vaccines Finland has approved and what kind of certificate they will need);
  • they were born in 2006 or later;
  • they have a certificate of a coronavirus infection that has been transferred within the last 6 months, but has already been cured;
  • Passengers who have received only one dose of the vaccine will need to take the appropriate test within 72-120 hours of their arrival in Finland. The vaccination must be done no later than 14 days before the journey;
  • Passengers with a certificate indicating a negative coronavirus test will need to take the test again within 72-120 hours after arriving in the country.

Passengers entering Finland with a negative coronavirus test result or with a partial coronavirus vaccination course will be asked to show the FINENTRY e-service summary page at the checkpoint when their your ticket and passport are checked, as well as at border control in Finland. Passengers should register on the FINENTRY service in order to receive individual instructions for entering Finland, ordering time for a coronavirus test and simplifying entry into the country.

MORE ABOUT VACCINATION CERTIFICATES AND TESTS

Employees from the border and health authorities in Finland and the Russian Federation check that passengers have the necessary certificates when they enter the respective country. With regard to rail services, train staff check that passengers meet the requirements for entering the country at the same time as checking the tickets and passports. Passengers will need to present their tickets and medical certificates at ticket and passport control.

A negative coronavirus test result must be issued by a reputable health authority, in other words an official laboratory or government health agency or other national government agency.

For entry into Russia, only certificates in English or Russian are accepted.

Certificates issued in other languages ​​are not recognised, since Russian officials must be able to read and understand the medical certificates when passengers are entering the territory of the Russian Federation.

Certificates can be provided in paper or digital form.

The certificate of vaccination against coronavirus must state:

  • the vaccine injected;
  • the number of vaccine doses injected from the vaccination series;
  • the place and date the certificate was issued, as well as the signature and stamp of the person who carried out the vaccination or other similar certification.

Certificates with a negative test result should state:

  • the type of test, i.e. the diagnostic method used during testing – passengers should note that only the PCR method is recognised);
  • the time the biomaterial was sampled;
  • the laboratory, other health authority or national government agency which issued the certificate.

Certificates about a past illness caused by a coronavirus infection must contain the following information:

  • date of the illness;
  • place and date of the certificate’s issue, as well as the doctor’s signature and stamp.

Passengers should note that they are responsible for the validity of their certificates, as well as for all the costs associated with obtaining them.

St. Petersburg (Finland Station) – Helsinki

Train Number

Departure Time

Arrival Time

781

06:40

09:10

785

15:30

18:00

783

11:30

14:00

Helsinki – St. Petersburg (Finland Station)

Train Number

Departure Time

Arrival Time

782

06:17

10:47

786

14:57

19:27

784

09:57

14:37

Passenger information

The fares on Allegro services when the journey commences less than 24 hours before the train departure are 79.00 euros in 2nd class and 132.18 euros in 1st class. This condition does not apply to tickets whose cost is higher than that indicated.

The 1st class fare includes payment for meals.

Train No. 32/31 "Lev Tolstoy" Moscow – Helsinki includes a daily "Lux" de-luxe carriage which includes four 2-seat/berth compartments and a bar.

Branded lux carriage:

  • a sofa that converts into a one-and-a-half bed;
  • extra upper sleeping berth;
  • air-conditioning;
  • toilet with heated floor;
  • shower cabin;
  • LCD TV;
  • DVD/VHS player.
Information updated on: 19.01.2022