Beginning on November 4, the coronavirus passport is the only way to attend public events over 20 people in the Helsinki region. In the picture, the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on November 16, 2021. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

HELSINKI—On Saturday, the coronavirus passport will be introduced at all public events organized by the City of Helsinki, and in many other places. More widely, the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland has decided that the number of participants in indoor public events and general meetings in the metropolitan area (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen) is limited to 20 people. The restrictions are in effect until December 31.

Here’s where you don’t get in without the passport:

Many restaurants, nightclubs and bars (the government decided on new restrictions on November 16 and updated them on Thursday)

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Indoor sports venues (swim halls, sports halls) (beginning on December 7)

Some public saunas and pools (such as Löyly, the Allas Sea Pool Cafe area after 17:00, so far swimming and entry to the sauna is allowed without the passport)

City museums (such as the HAM Helsinki Art Museum, the Helsinki City Museum, the Burgher’s House Museum)

Movie theaters

Cultural centers

Here’s where you don’t need the passport:

Public events where the participants are under 16 years old. A person over 16 attending the same event must present a coronavirus passport.

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Retail stores


Youth services


Gas station

Post office

The Regional State Administrative Agency requires the use of both premises open to the public and premises intended for the presence of a limited number of customers or participants to be organized in such a way that the risk of infection caused by close contact between customers and participants can be prevented.