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Slush commits to organizing an event with high health safety and safety standards on Dec 1-2, 2021. Below, you will find a list of the health security measures in place during Slush 2021 in addition to our Code of Conduct.

COVID-19

Please read the full Health & Safety at Slush 2021 documentation carefully.

Entering the Event

To access Slush 2021 and other events organized by Slush, you are required to present

an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC) or

a valid vaccination, recovery, or negative test result certificate issued by a third country for which the EU has adopted an equivalence decision: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Morocco, North, Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City. The most recent list of countries is available here. Note that a valid certificate includes EUDCC compliant QR code. 

Visitors arriving from countries outside of the EUDCC scheme

Visitors arriving from countries whose national COVID-19 certificate is not accepted as equivalent to the EU Digital Covid Certificate can be granted an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC) against a negative antigen test result. Selected healthcare providers have the right to issue the certificate in Finland. Slush organizes antigen testing for visitors arriving outside of the EUDCC scheme together with our healthcare partner Mehiläinen. The certificate is valid for 72 hours.

People who have pre-registered for antigen testing with Mehiläinen

Pre-registration for antigen testing with Mehiläinen is now closed. Pre-registered people have received personal instructions for testing via email. In case you have not received the instructions, contact [email protected]

Not registered for Mehiläinen testing and in need of an EU Digital Covid Certificate?

Antigen tests for receiving an EU Digital Covid Certificate are available also for people who have not pre-registered for testing. You can take the test in Mehiläinen Messukeskus testing station, located next to the Slush venue. The station works on an appointment-free basis, and you can visit the station at any time during the opening hours: 7:30-15:00 on Mon-Fri, 8:00-15:00 on Sat and 9:00-15:00 on Sun.

Please note that without pre-registration, receiving your test results can take up to 36 hours.

Traveling to Finland

Traveling to Finland with a full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine

Currently, you can enter Finland from all countries if you have received a full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least seven days prior to entering the country while taking into account the provisions on the entry of foreign nationals into Finland e.g. visa requirements. See the list of approved vaccines in Finland here.

Traveling to Finland without a full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine

For visitors traveling without a full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, we recommend checking the entry restrictions that apply to your specific situation here.

Please note that traveling to Finland from the UK, the US, Russia, and Turkey without a full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine is currently possible only for essential reasons. Find more information here.

If you have connecting flights, please make sure you’re aware of the potential entry restrictions in the country of your layover.

Staying and moving Around in Helsinki

To ensure your safety while moving around in Helsinki, we advise downloading Koronavilkku. Koronavilkku is a contact tracing app produced by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) to help you find out whether you may have been exposed to coronavirus.

In order to make Slush 2021 a safe experience beyond the walls of Messukeskus, we’ve gathered a list of hotels that we advise visitors to stay in. Each of them is offering Slush attendees a discount during the event days. Check out the hotels and book your stay in Helsinki here.

Other useful links

Helsinki’s public transport health guidelines

Event Safety

Masks in the event venue

As of now, we expect all participants to wear masks in the Slush venue and all Slush-organized side events. Slush will provide masks free of charge for the event attendees.

Masks can be removed while eating or drinking, speaking on stages, studios, or workshops, performing on camera, or broadcasting interviews.

 

High hygiene standards

Slush commits to high hygiene standards during the event, including but not limited to reinforced cleaning, generous hand sanitizer supply, no handshakes -policy, and wireless payment options. Slush is continuously exploring ways of mitigating health risks during the event.

 

Slush commits to organizing a safe event with the highest health and safety standards and reserves the right to update these policies according to the legislative changes, guidelines, and decisions posed by the Finnish Government, Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland, and other Government Agencies. In case you’ve questions about health security at Slush, please contact us at [email protected]

Safe meetings

Slush has partnered with Vetrospace to provide clean and safe meeting booths to ensure that participants can hold meetings safely at the event. Vetrospaces come equipped with SafeAir technology, which reduces harmful bacteria, viruses, and particles by 99,9% on a continual basis from the air and from surfaces to ensure the safest meetings possible. Vetrospace meeting pods and phonebooths will be open for use to any participant throughout the event floor.

Useful links

Health Safety at Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre

How to get a COVID-19 test in Helsinki?

Our healthcare partner Mehiläinen offers both antigen and PCR testing in several locations around Helsinki. The most convenient testing station for a Slush visitor is the Mehiläinen Messukeskus testing station, located next to the Slush venue. Find information about different testing needs below:

  1. Antigen test for receiving an EU Digital Covid Certificate to access Slush
  2. Antigen and pcr tests for other purposes than accessing Slush, e.g. travelling
  3. Rapid tests at the Slush event venue (in case you start feeling unwell during the event)

 

1. Antigen test for receiving an EU Digital Covid Certificate to access Slush

Visitors arriving from countries whose national COVID-19 certificate is not accepted as equivalent to the EU Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC) can be granted an EUDCC against a negative antigen test result.

 

People who have pre-registered for antigen testing with Mehiläinen

Pre-registration for antigen testing with Mehiläinen is now closed. Pre-registered people have received personal instructions for testing via email. In case you have not received the instructions, contact [email protected]

 

People who have not pre-registered for antigen testing with Mehiläinen

In case you have not pre-registered for antigen testing with Mehiläinen to receive EU Digital Covid Certificate, you can take the test in Mehiläinen Messukeskus testing station, located next to the Slush venue, on an appointment-free basis. You can visit the station any time during the opening hours: 7:30-15:00 on Mon-Fri, 8:00-15:00 on Sat and 9:00-15:00 on Sun. Please note that without pre-registration, receiving your test results can take up to 36 hours. Slush does not cover the cost of walk-in tests. The price of an antigen test at Mehiläinen Messukeskus is 165€.

 

2. Antigen and pcr tests for other purposes than accessing Slush, e.g. travelling

Mehiläinen offers both antigen and PCR testing in several locations around Helsinki. More information about available tests and locations here. The most convenient testing station for a Slush visitor is the Mehiläinen Messukeskus testing station, located next to the Slush venue. The station works on an appointment-free basis, and you can visit the station at any time during the opening hours: 7:30-15:00 on Mon-Fri, 8:00-15:00 on Sat and 9:00-15:00 on Sun. Both antigen and pcr tests are available at the Mehiläinen Messukeskus testing station.

 

3. Rapid tests at the Slush event venue (in case you start feeling unwell during the event)

Rapid COVID-19 antigen tests are available at Slush first aid point throughout the event. Our first aid personnel are happy to assist you with the test in case you wish to have one. Note: Rapid COVID-19 antigen tests available at Slush first aid points are not equivalent to Mehiläinen COVID-19 tests and are not accepted as official proof of negative COVID-19 status by officials.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

By receiving your Slush Pass you are expected to respect everyone at the event regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or other aspects of what we look like, where we come from, and who we are.

We do not accept any kind of disrespectful behavior in any of our events. Slush is meant to be a 100% positive experience from the beginning till the end for everyone at the event.

Disrespectful behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity, and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, age, or religion.
  • Deliberate intimidation.
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
  • Unsolicited physical contact.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviors.

Attendees violating these rules may be expelled from Slush at the discretion of the organizers. Get it? Perfect! Let’s celebrate entrepreneurship together: equally and respectfully.

See something? Say something. If something disturbing happens to you or you see something inappropriate happening at the event, please reach out to our Security Helpdesk (located next to the Southern cloakroom) or our team.