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3 - 6 December 2021

Your safety at IBC2021

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For the latest statements and updates from IBC please visit our press releases page.

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Please note that COVID-19 rules may change at any time. All information currently displayed on our website is subject to change. 

If you are already in the Netherlands and have COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend IBC2021. You can get tested at the GGD (Dutch Regional Public Health Services). You can make an appointment by calling 0800 1202 (7 days a week from 8am to 8pm CET). If calling from a foreign mobile number, please call +31 (0)85 065 9063. For more information please click here

Entering the Netherlands and IBC2021

Travelling to the Netherlands 

For the most up to date information on the Netherlands entry requirements from abroad, please visit theNetherlands government websiteWe recommend that attendees refer to this page as well as check their own local authorities’ guidance before travelling. 

All Fully Vaccinated Travellers 

If you are travelling from a high or a very high-risk country (including the UK, Russia, China and the US), you still may enter the Netherlands, but your entry requirements will depend on your vaccination status – read below.  

INSIDE THE EU  

OUTSIDE THE EU 

Traveling from a Safe Country

If you are travelling from a ‘safe’ country, the EU travel ban does not apply to you, and you may travel to the Netherlands. You do not need to show a negative test result and you are not required to quarantine on arrival, but you are required to show a proof of full vaccination.                                        

You need to complete a Health Declaration Form and carry it with you. This applies to all modes of transport. 

Traveling from a Safe Country/Region

If you are travelling from a ‘safe’ country, the EU travel ban does not apply to you, and you may travel to the Netherlands. You do not need to quarantine on arrival, but you are required to show a proof of full vaccination, a negative test result or a proof of recovery to enter the Netherlands. You need to complete a Health Declaration Form and carry it with you. This applies to all modes of transport. 

Travelling from a High-risk Area

From 8 August, people travelling from countries on the ‘High-risk’ list can enter the Netherlands but must show a proof of full vaccination or a negative test result. 

Travelling from a Very High-risk area

Including the U.K., China, Russia and the US 

If your country is outside of the EU and is listed as a ‘very high-risk area’, there are additional requirements including a mandatory quarantine*.  

Please note the UK is not part of the EU.

* From 22 September 2021 fully vaccinated travellers will no longer have to quarantine upon travelling from a very high-risk area. 

**You are required to fill in a quarantine declaration form even if you are exempt from quarantine in order to specify your quarantine exemption status.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you may be exempt from travel restrictions. Please use the following link to check your travel status here.  

You can use this handy Checklist for entering or returning to the Netherlands from abroad before you travel.  

Please check with your airline for any specific and/or additional travel requirements as these may vary.  

IBC2021 Entry Requirements 

The following requirements apply to all IBC2021 attendees, exhibitors, speakers, contractors and suppliers. These requirements will be in place for IBC2021 show open days only (3 – 6 December 2021).  

  • Full Vaccination / Negative Covid-19 Test – you will need to show proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid-19 Test if you are unvaccinated.  
  • Photo I.D. – you will be required to show a photo I.D. to enter IBC, please carry it with you at all times. 

Free test locations throughout Amsterdam can be found on www.testenvoortoegang.orgPlease note that all test centres require an appointment. The test must be taken a maximum of 24 hours before your visit. The test result is valid for 24 hours. Please ensure you have a new test result if you plan to visit IBC2021 the next day. Please note that there will be no testing facilities onsite at the RAI Amsterdam during IBC2021.  

To show your proof of full vaccination, a negative test or proof of recovery: 

  • EU attendees can present these using the The EU Digital COVID Certificate via the CoronaCheck app.  

  • NON-EU attendees can show a paper copy of your vaccination status provided it meets the below stated requirements.  Paper copies can be obtained by downloading and printing your vaccination status from your own country’s version of the Digital Covid Certificate.  For example, the U.K. NHS Covid Pass certificate can be downloaded and printed or saved to your digital wallet. 

ENTRY TO IBC2021 ON ARRIVAL AT THE RAI ENTRANCE AT IBC2021  BEFORE DEPARTURE
EU & Non-EU attendees with proof of Full Vaccination  Have proof of your vaccination status or a negative test result digitally or on paper. 

Have your digital or paper vaccination certificate ready for checking. 

Join the queue relevant to your status. 

 

 

 

Observe all Covid-19 guidelines in place. 

Check your airline and you own local authorities’ guidance for any specific and/or additional travel requirements as these may vary.

Attendees without proof of Full Vaccination  Have your negative test result digitally or on paper (taken a maximum of 24 hours before entry). 

Entry to IBC2021 will not be admitted without a negative test result. 

The test result is valid for 24 hours. Ensure you have a new test result if you plan to visit IBC2021 the next day. 

 

Vaccination Requirements 

EU citizens who have been fully vaccinated can obtain The EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) and use it to enter IBC2021. If you do not have a DCC and/or are a resident of a country outside of the EU and the Schengen area, you can enter using a paper proof of full vaccination if it meets the following requirements. 

The proof of full vaccination must: 

  • Have been issued following a full vaccination* with a vaccine that has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or is on the Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization (WHO) Approved Vaccines** 
  • Have been issued in one of the following languages: 
    • Dutch / English / French / German / Italian / Portuguese / Spanish 
  • Include the following: 
    • Information identifying the person who has been vaccinated 

    • Information demonstrating that the person in question has been fully vaccinated against the virus SARS-CoV-2 

    • Name of the vaccine and the name of the manufacturer or marketing authorisation holder of each dose of the vaccine administered 

    • Date on which each dose of the vaccine was administered 

    • Name of the country in which the vaccine was administered 

    • Name of the issuer of the proof of vaccination 

*Full vaccination is considered:  

  • 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series of an approved vaccine  

  • 2 weeks after a single dose of an approved vaccine 

**Astra Zeneca UK vaccine will be accepted for entry to IBC2021. 

Showing a Negative Test Result or a Proof of Recovery

If you are not fully vaccinated, you need a negative test result to enter IBC. You can get a free test for entry by booking an appointment here www.testenvoortoegang.org.   

You will need to book an appointment by entering a postcode or region of Amsterdam, for example you can enter RAI and it will show test centres closest to the venue.  We advise you book ahead and use the postcode of the hotel or accommodation you are staying in. 

The above website will allow you to use one of Amsterdam’s many test centres where a standardised COVID-19 certificate will be issued either digitally using the corona check app or if you wish to you can request a paper copy.

The test result:  

  • Can be provided either digitally or on paper 

  • Must be negative (or ‘not detected’) for SARS-CoV-2 

  • Must contain your given name and surname as stated in your passport or on your identity card 

  • Must state the date and time you were tested 

  • Must contain the name and contact information of the institute, doctor or laboratory that conducted the test (logo or stamp) 

  • Must be in one of the following languages: 

    • Dutch / English / French / German / Italian / Portuguese / Spanish 

EU citizens who have recovered from coronavirus can obtain The EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) and use it to enter the Netherlands. If you are a resident of an EU/Schengen area country and do not have a DCC, you can in most cases enter the Netherlands using paper proof of recovery. More information on requirements for proof of recovery can be found of the Dutch government website.

Amsterdam Cafés, Bars, Restaurants and Nightclubs  

The same documentation to enter the country and IBC will also allow you to enter bars, restaurants and shops in and around Amsterdam. 

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must be tested within 24 hours to gain entry to Amsterdam cafés, bars, restaurants (excluding takeaways) and nightclubs. Free test locations throughout Amsterdam can be found on www.testenvoortoegang.orgPlease note that all test centres will require an appointment.  

Shops 

Shops are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitiser and social distancing guidelines.  

General Covid-19 Guidance

Cleaning and Disinfection

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  • Public areas of the RAI Amsterdam will be cleaned and sanitised at an increased frequency. 
  • RAI Amsterdam air ventilation system has been enhanced through filter, air-conditioning and heating channel disinfection to ensure increased air conditioning and filtration.
  • Exhibitors will maintain a hygienic stand environment to ensure a safe experience for all visitors on their stands. 

Face Masks and Personal Hygiene

Safe Interactions

  • Masks are not compulsory, but attendees may continue to wear these if preferred.
  • Hands sanitising facilities will be widely available throughout the venue and on exhibitor stands.
  • Instructions on following personal hygiene guidelines will be visible throughout the venue and on exhibitor stands.

Touchless Experience

Stand Capacity

  • For the safety of our attendees, we are aiming to create a touchless experience wherever possible.
  • Badge pick-up and scanning will be contactless. 
  • Everyone must be pre-registered. Onsite self-registrations will not be possible.
  • All payments in the RAI Amsterdam will be cashless.  
  • Handouts will be permitted by exhibitors on their stands but not in public areas (to reduce the amount of waste and people picking up used literature). IBC recommends that exhibitors go paperless and use QR codes to reduce printed material waste. 
  • Most doors will be automatic or propped open during the show opening times. 

Exhibitors include: