ECOC Exhibition 2021 looks forward to welcoming you to Bordeaux

Updated: 26th July

 

Latest guidance from the French Government on travel to France

View the latest travel advice from the French Government below on the link below:

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/

If you are vaccinated, you can travel to France with no restrictions linked to health conditions.

The measures applicable to vaccinated adults also apply to any minors accompanying them, whether they are vaccinated or not. You can therefore travel with your underage children, whether they are vaccinated or not, and they will not need to self-isolate. Unvaccinated children aged 12 and over will need to present a negative test result as described below.

Travel documents if you are vaccinated:

  • proof of vaccination. It will only be valid if it proves that you are fully vaccinated, i.e.:
    • Seven days after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxevria and Covishield));
    • Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
    • Seven days after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).
      Only vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)), or AstraZeneca (Covishield) will be accepted.
  • sworn declaration, which you can download from the Interior Ministry’s website stating that
    • you have no symptoms of COVID-19 infection;
    • to your knowledge, you have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your journey.

 

If you are not vaccinated

A list of countries of departure has been drawn up on the basis of the health indicators. The lists of countries can be altered based on changes in the epidemic situation.

If you are not vaccinated and arrive from a “green” country

With an EMA-approved vaccine, Internal European travel is permitted without any restrictions to France along  with countries shown in green on the below map:

Countries/territories on the “green” list: countries in the European space (European Union, Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland), and Albania, Australia, Bosnia, Brunei, Canada, Comoros Islands, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, the United States and Vanuatu.

If you are not vaccinated:

  • Upon boarding, each traveller aged 12 and over must present a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 72 hours before the flight. . If you are travelling from CyprusGreeceSpain, the Netherlands or Portugal, your test must be taken less than 24 hours before the flight.

    If you have previously contracted COVID-19, instead of a negative test result you may present a certificate of recovery dated more than 11 days and less than 6 months prior to the date of arrival. A certificate of recovery is a document issued to persons who have contracted COVID-19, upon presentation of a positive RT-PCR or antigenic test.

    This will not apply to:

    • trips by residents of cross-border areas (border within a 30 km radius of your residence, and for a duration of less than 24 hours).
    • work-related trips, the urgent or frequent nature of which makes them incompatible with these tests;
    • trips by hauliers carrying out their work.

    To avail of the exemptions above, you must have a document proving the reasons for your trip.

If you are not vaccinated and arrive from an “amber” country

Countries/territories on the “orange” list: every country/territory in the world, except those on the green list and red list.

If you are not vaccinated:

  • You can only travel to France if you have pressing grounds for travel. The list of pressing grounds is set out in the certificate of international travel drawn up by the Ministry of the Interior.
  • Each traveller aged 12 and over must present a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before departure or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before departure. If you are arriving from the United Kingdom, the PCR or antigenic test must have been taken less than 24 hours before boarding.

 

If you are not vaccinated and arrive from a “red” country

Countries/territories on the “red” list: Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Maldives, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Russia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tunisia, Uruguay and Zambia

  • You can only travel to France if you have pressing grounds for travel. The list of pressing grounds is set out in the certificate of international travel drawn up by the Ministry of the Interior.
  • Upon boarding, each traveller aged 12 and over must present a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before the flight.
    If you have previously contracted COVID-19, instead of a negative test result you may present a certificate of recovery dated more than 11 days and less than 6 months prior to the date of arrival. A certificate of recovery is a document issued to persons who have contracted COVID-19, upon presentation of a positive RT-PCR or antigenic test.
  • You will be tested when you arrive in France.
  • You will be subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine supervised by security forces.

Please see the official link below:

Coronavirus – Advice for Foreign Nationals in France – Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (diplomatie.gouv.fr)

 

To attend the event in venues within France from capacities over 1000, the use of a health pass is mandatory.

 

On-site PCR test sampling unit

The organisers of ECOC 2021 are offering access to a dedicated PCR sampling centre for ECOC 2021 participants.
This sampling centre will be at the congress venue on Tuesday 14 September 2021 only.

To get tested, you just have to indicate your wish to have a PCR test when you register online and to give a personal email address which will be communicated to the medical laboratory in order to send you within 24 hours the result (French and English version) of your PCR test by email.

Register for the PCR Test

The cost will be 70 € for non French residents. Payment will be made on site by credit card only. An invoice will be issued to you.
The sampling will be free for French residents by presenting the carte vitale.

All participants who have indicated to take a PCR test on site will be contacted at the end of August. We will tell them when to come (either in the morning or in the afternoon)

On-site health measures

On arrival at the Palais de l’Atlantique, you will be asked to present a valid health pass each day mandatory for public events bringing together over 1,000 people, spectators aged 11 and over.

What is the Health Pass?

It is the presentation, on paper or digitally, of a proof of non-contamination to COVID-19. This proof must include a QR code.
Without this QR code, your pass will not be accepted and you will be refused access to the congress.

Health Pass:

The pass must prove one of the three following items:

  • That you are fully vaccinated (with an EMA-approved vaccine) :
    • Two weeks after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
    • Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
    • Two weeks after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).
  • OR that you have been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs. Self-tests are not accepted.

Please note: your test will not cover the whole 4 days of the congress. You will therefore have to re-take a test.

  • OR that you have recovered from COVID-19, attested by a positive PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than 6 months old.

Passes can be digital (on the TousAntiCovid app) or in paper form (proof of vaccination or test result). They must be presented in English or French.
You will not need to present a health pass for acts of daily life (commuting, shopping, cinemas, etc.).

How does it work?

Step 1: I download and print my badge received by email.
Step 2: I download the TousAntiCovid app to import my certificate of non-contamination with QR code, or I print this certificate with QR code.
Step 3: I present these documents, as well as an identity document, when I arrive at the Congress.

How to download the TousAntiCovid application?

The TousAntiCovid application is available on:

apple store google play

 

Respect of the barrier gestures during the whole congresss

ECOC Management will implement the latest recommendations from local government and health officials to mitigate risk of infection during the in-person conference.

The measures may include but are not limited to the following:
•    Social distancing where noted inside the convention center
•    Wearing masks inside the convention center
•    One-directional aisles and designated entrances/exits
•    Enhanced spacing in queues, such as at registration
•    Increased availability of hand sanitizing stations and disinfection materials
•    Increased cleaning and disinfection processes across all high-volume touchpoints (catering areas, surfaces, handrails, restrooms, entrances/exits, touch-screens, etc.)
•    A more “touch-free” exhibition and conference
•    Reduction of hand-out materials, such as bags and brochures. Participants will be encouraged to utilize the ECOC conference app for the latest content.

How Can I protect myself from the virus?

  • The virus does not spread on its own. People who have the virus are the ones who spread it. Therefore, the following measures can help you protect yourself (and others) from the virus:
  • Wash your hands very often or use hydro-alcoholic gel;
  • Use single-use tissues, and then throw them away;
  • Cough and sneeze into your arm or into a tissue;
  • Do not shake hands or greet people with kisses on the cheek;
  • Avoid touching your face;
  • Respect social distancing: you should remain further than two metres from others;
  • Wear a mask wherever it is obligatory to do so as well as in situations where social distancing cannot be respected;
  • Limit social contacts as much as possible (and to a maximum of six people);
  • Air rooms for ten minutes, three times a day.
  • Use digital tools (TousAntiCovid).