Passengers must wear a face mask onboard our trains
Passengers must wear a face mask on VR’s long-distance and commuter trains starting from 11 March.
In light of the worsened coronavirus situation, we are taking action to make train travel even safer than before. From 11 March, all passengers are now required to wear a face mask on VR’s long-distance and commuter trains. The face mask requirement applies to all passengers over the age of 12 and is related to the three-week lockdown announced by the Finnish Government.
Our train personnel have worn face masks since autumn 2020 on all long-distance and commuter trains.
If you forget your face mask at home, you can buy one from the train personnel on long-distance trains for EUR 1. We will be monitoring the use of face masks. If a customer is not wearing a face mask, our staff will help them resolve the situation.
We are aware that some customers may be unable to wear a face mask for health-related reasons. We hope these passengers use a visor if possible. VR welcomes customers who cannot wear a mask on our trains and we will not demand proof of any health issues. Informing our personnel of the health-related reason is enough.
Wearing a face mask is not required in a cabin or sleeper cabin reserved for your group. However, a face mask is required when boarding the train and moving around inside the train.
HSL is responsible for communicating about the use of face masks on HSL commuter trains.
Trains are a safe way to travel
Travelling by train is still safe. According to international studies and studies conducted by VTT, the risk of infection on public transport when wearing a face mask is very small, and no chains of transmission have been traced back to trains. We are doing everything we can to minimise the risk of infections. You can read more about train travel and safety here.