The bus offers testing and information on coronavirus in several languages. (Updated 13.5.2022)

Timetable of coronavirus prevention bus from May 16

Halinen, Huudi (address Gregorius IX:n tie 8)

  • On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 8:30–10:30

Perno, (address Hyrköistentie 26)

Sand field located opposite Höveli.

  • On Mondays and Wednesdays 8:45–10:45

Varissuo, (address Tiirikkalankatu)

Behind the hamburger restaurant, next to Varissuo ice hall entrance ramp.

  • Mon–Fri 12:00–14:00

The testing point of the coronavirus prevention bus serves Turku residents, foreigners and students living in Turku, and those working in Turku. Residents of nearby municipalities must use the testing points of their municipality or Turku University Hospital.

You can get tested without a laboratory referral and you don’t need to book an appointment. The test is free of charge.

The bus offers testing and information on coronavirus in several languages. This is a new and unique way to bring testing to different areas in a moving unit. 

- With this bus, it is easier for us to transfer testing capacity to areas from where it is difficult for a person with symptoms to head to drive-in testing points, says the Chief Physician for Infectious Diseases at the City of Turku Jutta Peltoniemi. 

Turku and Hospital District of Southwest Finland have constantly been looking for new creative ways to test people effortlessly and safely.

- It has been interesting to take part in creating the coronavirus prevention bus. This has proceeded really quickly, as the idea came up in late November and now we already get moving. The staff of the bus includes one person making the symptom assessment and referral from the City of Turku Welfare Division and two Tykslab samplers. Samples are analyzed daily in the clinical microbiology laboratory of Turku University Hospital. We hope the customers will find their way to our bus as easily as they did to the drive-in testing point that was established in September in the parking hall of Turku University Main Hospital, says Special Planner Anna-Elina Lehtonen from Tyks Laboratory Division. The first coronavirus testing unit built inside a bus was launched in Turku  on Tuesday 8 December 2020. 

Built as suitable for testing

The front area of the bus is intended for registering a referral for coronavirus testing and the test is taken in the middle area of the bus. The bus has been built suitable for testing and unnecessary seats have been removed. Testing on the bus is not reliant on changing weather circumstances, as it takes place inside the bus. The interior of the bus has been designed for this purpose.

When queueing outside for testing, safety distances have to be maintained. We recommend wearing a mask when you arrive for testing.

The City of Turku has rented the bus for their use. Testing staff is Tykslab personnel. City of Turku employees also register the referral for testing.

The stops have been precisely determined in advance, as the staff needs a power connection for their work, for instance.

Coronavirus testing at health care services is recommended in case of symptoms of respiratory tract infection, or flu, especially for the following groups:

  • social welfare and health care patients/personnel working with clients
  • for all of those working in any position in the 24-hour care and disability service
  • persons with a severe underlying illness or condition related to its treatment, for example, medication that weakens the immune system
  • pregnant persons
  • unvaccinated persons over the age of 60

Corona tests performed in healthcare are also recommended in situations where the test result has legal significance.

The testing recommendation applies to unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals. Coronavirus infection caused by the Omikron variant can be acquired even if you have had coronavirus infection before.

Instructions for home testing can be found on the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL): Coronavirus home tests
How to take a home test (in finnish, THL)

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