Five days time to register to the Arctic Circle Jukola

Five days time to register to the Arctic Circle Jukola. Registering time ends on August 6.
We are still organizing the Arctic Circle Jukola according to the plan, closely following the current situation.
The Internal border controls have been discontinued as of 26 July 2021. This means that traffic from EU- and Schengen countries to Finland is allowed without restrictions. All persons arriving to Finland are still bound by the obligations stated in the Communicable Diseases Act.
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Updated information on travelling to Finland – Internal border control has ended

TEAMS/RUNNERS FROM EU AND SCHENGEN COUNTRIES

Internal border controls have been discontinued as of 26 July 2021. This means that traffic from EU- and Schengen countries to Finland is allowed without restrictions. All persons arriving in Finland are still bound by the obligations stated in the Communicable Diseases Act.

Border traffic turned to normal concerning All internal border traffic within Schengen countries, which are: Austria, Belgium, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. It applies also EU countries that are not a part of the Schengen area. These are Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland and Romania.

Are you arriving to Finland from a low-risk or high-risk country?

If you arrive from a country with a low risk of COVID-19, you do not need to undergo health security measures on entry.

Remember to maintain adequate safety distances, wash your hands and use a face mask in accordance with current recommendations also when arriving from a low-risk country. If you have symptoms indicating COVID-19 before, during or after the trip, go take a COVID-19 test and avoid contact until you receive a negative test result. This helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you arrive from a high-risk country and you were born in 2005 or earlier, you will be subjected to health security measures at the point of entry. Risk countries are all those which have not been deemed countries with the low risk of COVID-19 in the Government decree.

Health security measures on entry into the country

If you were born 2005 or earlier and arrive from a risk country, on entry

  • your corona-related certificates may be checked
  • you may be tested for covid-19 virus and
  • your contact details may be collected.

Under the temporary amendment to the Communicable Diseases Act on entry into the country border officials may check whether you have a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test, proof certifying that you have had the disease and/or a vaccination certificate. Residents of EU countries may present the EU COVID-19 certificate on entry.

When arriving from a risk country with a certificate of an approved full-course COVID-19 vaccination (no less than 14 days from the last dose) or laboratory confirmation of having been infected with COVID-19 within the past 6 months, you do not need to take the COVID-19 test.

If you have a certificate of having tested negative for the coronavirus no more than 72 hours before arrival in Finland or of having received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine course at least 14 days before arrival in Finland, you will be referred to the test within 3–5 days (72–120 hours) of arrival in Finland.

If you do not have any of the above-mentioned certificates, you will be referred to the COVID-19 test at your point of entry and within 3–5 days of arrival in Finland.

If you have taken a COVID-19 test at your point of entry when arriving from a risk country, you must take another test within 3–5 days of arrival in Finland.

If the point of entry cannot carry out a COVID-19 test, you will need to take the test within 24 hours and again within 72–120 hours (3–5 days) after arrival.

Please note that under the temporary amendments to the Communicable Diseases Act COVID-19 tests are mandatory on entry into FinlandEven if you are not referred to the tests, you are required to take them. The tests are free of charge. If you refuse to take a mandatory COVID-19 test and you are of age, you may be fined.

Please note that, by decision of the communicable disease control physician and on the basis of individual assessment, you can be referred to a health examination or placed in isolation or quarantine regardless of  where you are arriving from and how old you are, if these measures are necessary to prevent the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 virus. Furthermore, the Regional State Administrative Agencies can order all passengers to participate in a compulsory health examination (Communicable Diseases Act 2016/1227).
Communicable Diseases Act (Finlex)

When travelling from the border crossing point to your home or accommodation and you are required to take a test within 3–5 days, use your own car or taxi as a first choice. If you are forced to use public transportation, remember to maintain distance from other people, use a face mask and take care of your hand hygiene.

We strongly recommend that you avoid contact when

  • you are waiting for a test result at a point of entry or within 3–5 days (72–120 hours) of taking a test at a point of entry and/or
  • you are required to go to a COVID-19 test within 3–5 days after arriving in the country.
  • If you have dealings with other people, keep a sufficient safety distance and use a face mask according to current recommendations. Follow instructions given by health officials in other respects as well.

TEAMS/RUNNERS FROM OUTSIDE EU AND SCHENGEN COUNTRIES

External border control continues normally. External border control includes, for example, entry from Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Turkey. These restrictions are valid until 22 August 2021.

Permitted traffic from outside EU/Schengen area for example Russia and the United States

  • Persons with an approved covid-19 vaccination series
  • Persons who have been infected with the covid-19 virus
    • Citizens or residents of other EU or Schengen countries may enter Finland, provided they carry a valid certificate of having had the covid-19 virus less than six months prior to arrival.
  • Essential reason
    • Special groups(such as representatives of culture, sports and business life)
    • Arctic Circle Jukola has received a positive decision of permission of special groups (top200 teams in Kangasala-Jukola 2019) for enterinf to Finland
    • Guidelines/instructions for special groups will be published later by the organiser of Arctic Circle Jukola

More information:

The Finnish Border Guard

Finnish institute for health and  welfare:  Travel and the coronavirus pandemic

Finnish institute for health and  welfare: Vaccination 

The Finnish Border Guard advises citizens on border crossing by telephone and email. The service is available in Finnish, Swedish and English on weekdays at 8–16 at 0295 420 100. You can also send questions by e-mail to rajavartiolaitos(at)raja.fi.

New train connections to Rovaniemi

There is a growing demand for train traveling and therefor new shifts has been added to serve the clients better. The new train services will be added on VR systems shortly.

The added services are welcomed by Jukola Relay participants as well.

New Rovaniemi train shift connections

P267 Helsinki-Rovaniemi 21:14-9:34: Friday 20.8.

P264 Rovaniemi-Helsinki 16:46-7:44: Sunday 22.8.

Updated (5.7.2021) travelling information to Finland

Arctic Circle Jukola 21.-22.8.

Due to Covid-19 restriction, travelling to Finland is not as normal as usually which means many questions and concerns about possibilities of participation to the Arctic Circle Jukola 2021.

Travelling to Finland in now a bit easier than before. The restrictions of entering Finland from EU external border are more strict than internal border traffic. The Finnish Government is still discussing about upcoming restrictions of entering/travelling to Finland. We hope to get some more information about the decisions of the Finnish Government during this week.

We as an organiser of Arctic Circle Jukola are not limiting the number of international teams. All international teams are at this moment welcome to participate if just entering to Finland is possible. As you understand Covid-19 situation is changing all the time and therefore we are not able to foresee today the situation in August.

We as an organiser of Arctic Circle Jukola has sent an application of special permission for special groups (teams in TOP200 in Kangasala-Jukola 2019) to the Finnish Border Guard. Note! This application is for that case that Covid-19 situation will be worsen and we are forced to limit the number of international teams. With application/permission we could ensure that there will be international participants in Arctic Circle Jukola in Rovaniemi.

We hope that this application/permission is not needed at all and we could take all international teams to Arctic Circle Jukola.

We have postponed the deadline of cancellation of registration of international teams which are not included in TOP200 teams. New date of cancellation is 29th July at 11.59 pm. We as an organiser are keen to do everything that we could welcome you all to Arctic Circle Jukola to Rovaniemi.

Also new registrations of international teams are possible until 29th July at 11.59pm.

More information of entering Finland can read on Finnish Border Guard’s website.

Information in Swedish is here.

Information in Russian here.

Thank you for your patience!

Registration will be ended on Tuesday 15th June

Registration to Arctic Circle Jukola will be ended on Tuesday 15th June at 11.59 pm.

New registrations of teams and orders of other services are possible until 15th June with the price of second category, https://jukola.com/2021/en/event-invitation/

Please, make sure and recheck that all registration fees and payments of other services have already been paid. Note! All prices will be doubled on Wednesday 16th June at 00.00 am. Payments is submitted through the registration system of Jukola relay.

Locations of tent places (10x10m), tents from organisers (max 16 pax) and wind shelter places (6x5m) could be reserved through Jukola´s electronic enrolment system after payment

Cancellation of registration and other services of Arctic Circle Jukola is possible until Tuesday 15th June at 11.59 pm

Cancellation of registration and other services is possible by sending email to sami.leinonen@jukola.com.

Please, we kindly ask you to check and update, if necessary, the contact details of the contact person of your club/team. It´s important for us as an organiser of Arctic Circle Jukola to reach all of you properly due to unexceptional circumstances.

Arctic Circle Jukola will be organised 21st-22nd of August in Rovaniemi.

The Arctic Circle Jukola will be held in August

The world’s largest orienteering event Jukola Relay will be held in August. Arctic Circle Jukola will be held 21.-22.8.2021 in Rovaniemi. Initial dates to organize the Arctic Circle Jukola were 13.-14.6.2020 but it has been postponed because of a coronavirus pandemic.

Change of schedule has been decided upon by the organising club Ounasvaaran Hiihtoseura (Ounasvaara Ski Cub), the Jukola leading team, and the Finnish Orienteering Federation.

– Before taking the decision we closely considered all the facts and options. We will not give up. I hope that orienteers will come to Rovaniemi. The organizers needs all support, says the chairman of the Jukola leading team Juhani Sihvonen.

The organizers will continue close cooperation with authorities to guarantee event’s safety.

– Our goal is to organize a full Arctic Circle Jukola in august. The authorities will make the final decision of the event and the number of participants, says Martti Anttila, competition director of the Arctic Circle Jukola.

Participation of registered teams will be moved to August automatically. Deadlines for new registrations will be communicated later and will be updated, among other things, in the website version of event invitation.

Event invitation is updated

The event invitation of the Arctic Circle Jukola is now updated.

The international orienteering relay competitions, the 72nd Jukola Relay and the 43rd Venla Relay, will be held in Rovaniemi, 19.-20.6.2021.

All registrations and payments will be automatically transferred to 2021, if cancellation is not made by club and/ot teams. Also ordered/paid other services (camping pitch, tent from organiser, wind shelter pitch, camper/caravan, emit-cards) will be automatically transferred. Cancellation of registration and other services is possible by sending email to sami.leinonen@jukola.com.

The registration has opened on the December 2nd 2019 and it is continueing with the price of second category.

Go to the event invitation.

The Arctic Circle Jukola will be held in 2021

The world’s largest orienteering event Jukola Relay has been postponed for one year because of coronavirus epidemic. The Arctic Circle Jukola will be held 19.-20.6.2021 in Rovaniemi. Initial dates to organize the Arctic Circle Jukola were 13.-14.6.2020.
Change of schedule has been decided upon by the organising club Ounasvaaran Hiihtoseura (Ounasvaara Ski Cub), the Jukola leading team, and the Finnish Orienteering Federation.

– We have been following the development of coronavirus situation and started preparations to move the relay to August. As planning progressed, we had to admit that there were so many unknowns with respect to August, that we decided instead to move organization of Jukola Relay to the next year, says the chairman of the Jukola leading team Juhani Sihvonen.

– Before taking the decision we closely consulted with other interested parties and have agreed, for instance, with the next years’ organizers to move their right of organization one year ahead as well. We’ve thoroughly analyzed all the available options before deciding to move the event. The decision was unanimous, elaborates Sihvonen.

Martti Anttila, competition director of the Arctic Circle Jukola, stresses that Ounasvaaran Hiihtoseura was completely ready to successfully organize the event in June 2020.
The club was of an opinion that it was too great a risk to try moving the event to August because of coronavirus epidemic. According to Anttila, if moved to August, the Arctic Circle Jukola would have lost its midnight sun nature. Additionally, the number of domestic and foreign teams would be smaller.-

That, of course, was not what the club wanted. Having waited for 40 years, we can wait for one more.

Participation of registered teams will be moved to year 2021, since the Arctic Circle Jukola keeps registrations and participation fees valid. Deadlines for new registrations will be communicated later and will be updated, among other things, in the website version of event invitation.

Following Jukola Relays:

2021 Napapiiri-Jukola, Rovaniemi, Ounasvaaran Hiihtoseura

2022 Lukkari-Jukola, Mynämäki, Liedon Parma ja Mynämäen Suunnistajat -52

2023 Porvoo-Jukola (Borgå Jukola), OK Trian

2024 Lakia-Jukola, Kauhava, Kauhavan Wisa, Lapuan Virkiä