Read more about the current measures in the Netherlands and what it means for Europort 2021 in our Q&A below.
Last updated: 13 October 2021.
1. Do we have to keep 1.5 distance from each other at the exhibition?
Keeping one and a half meters away is no longer necessary according to the current guidelines. We ask every visitor and exhibitor to handle this freedom responsibly.
2. Are visitors allowed to stop at a stand to view products or speak to exhibitors?
Naturally, that is allowed. This can be compared to a visit to a store.
3. How is the ventilation in the halls of Rotterdam Ahoy?
Rotterdam Ahoy has a ventilation system that complies with the guidelines drawn up for this by the RIVM. It is a state-of-the-art climate control system that regularly supplies the halls with 100% fresh air. This greatly reduces the risk of airborne contamination.
4. How many people are allowed in a stand?
The number of people allowed to visit a stand at the same time is unlimited. There is no maximum number of visitors, because the 1,5 meters distance is lifted.
5. Can we shake hands and hand over business cards?
The same general corona prevention guidelines apply at the exhibition as in the rest of the Netherlands. Elbow bumps replace handshakes. Handshakes are on hold for the time being! Naturally, handing over something to someone is allowed.
6. Are there situations at Europort where I have to wear a face mask?
No, face masks aren’t necessary during Europort. Naturally, wearing them is allowed if you then feel more comfortable. Face masks are only mandatory in the Netherlands in public transport and at airports. Think of airplanes and airports, trains, buses, trams, metros and taxis. Face masks no longer need to be worn at the stations.
7. What hygiene measures will be taken?
All contact points (toilets, door handles, desks and more) throughout the venue will be cleaned with higher frequency. Also, and sanitiser stations units are available at key contact point positions throughout the venue, such as entrances, catering areas and exits. Furthermore, all stands must be equipped with a hygiene toolkit to clean contact points regularly.
1. During set-up/dismantling - is a coronavirus entry pass also required?
No, that won’t be necessary. The coronavirus entry pass during the exhibition days is a mandatory measure, but is not necessary during construction and dismantling.
2. When will the exhibitors be informed of the current situation again?
If there is an adjustment to current government guidelines that would have a change to our policy. We continuously adapt our working method to the current situation and adhere to the guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Association for Public Health and Safety (GGD).
3. Do I need a coronavirus entry pass?
To enter the venue, a coronavirus entry pass will be mandatory. Everyone aged 13 and over will also have to show their ID along with their coronavirus entry pass proving that they are either fully vaccinated, have valid proof of recovery or a negative result from a coronavirus test taken less than 24 hours before entry.
4. Is there a COVID test location on-site at Europort or Rotterdam Ahoy?
Yes, visitors or exhibitors who do not yet have a valid QR code can have themselves tested on-site for free. Right next to the entrance of Europort, on the forecourt of Rotterdam Ahoy, a special test facility is being realized in collaboration with SpoedtestCorona, which is affiliated with Testing for Access. A test can be scheduled onlie 2 weeks in advance. Read more about testing on-site here.
5. Is the on-site test also valid for travelling back after Europort?
The free test at the Europort location is an antigen test. This is valid within the EU, which means that you can travel with it. For travellers from outside the EU, a PCR test is mandatory for travelling. These can also be performed on location, but cost €59.95 euro. Please note, this test result is only known after 24 hours. An appointment must be scheduled in advance for this.
6. What is the EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC)?
This is the European initiative to allow free travel within the EU. You will receive this digital certificate if you come from one of the participating European Member States and you have been tested negative, have been fully vaccinated or have been demonstrably recovered of Covid-19.
7. How does the Corona check work?
All information can be found here.
8. I have had one vaccination, I have yet to receive the second. Can I get the coronavirus entry pass?
To get a Dutch QR code you must be fully vaccinated. Anyone who has had 2 vaccinations with AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna, or 1 Janssen vaccination, must wait 2 weeks from Saturday 10 July before receiving a vaccination certificate. You can still visit Europort, but you must have a (free) test taken through a Test for Access location. With a negative test result you can get a coronavirus entry pass (QR code) via the CoronaCheck app. With the app you prove that you have been vaccinated, that you have been tested negative for corona or that you have recently had corona.
9. I am visiting Europort from abroad. Can I also make use of the coronavirus entry pass?
Residents from EU countries can travel to the Netherlands with proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative test result. Vaccinated non-EU travellers from the United States, the United Kingdom and other high-risk areas no longer have to self-quarantine on arrival in the Netherlands as of September 22nd. Visitors from outside of Europe can use a paper certificate to proof that they are fully vaccinated. Find out more about the rules from the Dutch government here.
Please prepare your journey well and check the latest travel advice here.
10. What is 'Testing for Entry' (Testen voor Toegang)?
In the Netherlands you can be tested to gain access to events. This "Test for Entry” initiative tests event visitors (for the time being free of charge) on Covid-19. If you don’t have a Digital Covid certificate (DCC), you will need to show a negative test result not older than 24 hours to gain entrance to the Rotterdam Ahoy venue. You can get tested at one of the various 'Testing for Entry’ test locations. You can make an appointment via www.testenvoortoegang.org/
11. Can everyone make use of the 'testing for entry’ facilities in The Netherlands?
Yes, anyone going to an activity or event that requires a corona admission ticket can get tested through Testing for Entry. If the test is negative you can use the corona check app to convert your test result into a valid DCC. Please schedule your testing appointment timely through www.testenvoortoegang.org/
12. Do I need to be tested every day?
If you do not have a QR code or certificate with which you can prove that you have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 you need to show a negative test result. That test result is valid for 24 hours. If you are attending Europort for several days, you will need a valid test result for each day.
13. What are the requirements for proof of vaccination when travelling to the Netherlands?
All information about proof of vaccination, certificates and your own country’s system (DCC) can be read here.