Fespa Global Print Expo 2021 travel updates

Fully-vaccinated visitors may face fewer restrictions

Fespa Global Print Expo 2021 travel updates for the visitors
Fespa Global Print Expo 2021 travel updates for the visitors

Restrictions on fully-vaccinated travelers to The Netherlands from designated ‘very high-risk countries’ will be lifted with effect from 22 September 2021, meaning that printers and sign-makers from these countries can travel to Fespa Global Print Expo and European Sign Expo 2021 in Amsterdam (12-15 October 2021) without fear of needing to quarantine on arrival.

Fespa visitors with EU Digital Covid certificate can attend the event freely

Travelers who have proof that they are fully vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine can now enter The Netherlands freely, with no mandatory quarantine period. The EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) or equivalent certification from non-EU countries can provide this proof.

The list of very high-risk countries currently includes the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, India, South Africa, Thailand, and much of Latin America, so this positive development is significant for many potential international visitors to the October 2021 event. Further information is available from The Netherlands government website at www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/checklist-entry/from-outside-the-eu 

Fespa CEO Neil Felton comments: “Travel to The Netherlands from most mainland Europe was already seamless for holders of the EU DCC. This lifting of mandatory quarantine for fully-vaccinated visitors from ‘very high-risk countries’ is important because it will give even more printers confidence to make firm plans to visit Fespa 2021.”

“We know that there’s a strong appetite from printers all over the world to get back to our live event, refresh their industry knowledge and see for themselves the hundreds of product innovations that will be seen in public for the first time at the show. There are now no practical travel barriers for most printers who want to be at Fespa 2021,” he added.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is continuously increasing its operations. An update of all destinations and frequencies can be found at www.schiphol.nl

Proof of double vaccination will also enable access to the RAI Exhibition Centre and the Fespa/European Sign Expo exhibition area. Other adjustments to social distancing measures accompanied the Dutch government’s announcement, and Fespa’s Covid arrangements will be updated accordingly. For up-to-date information, visit www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com/show-information/covid-19-update.  


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