While it’s great to hear that the Dutch government has relaxed quarantine restrictions in time for the October FESPA World Print Expo in Amsterdam, it has little impact on potential visitors from Australia and from New Zealand, where the hardest part is finding a flight to get you there. Comments from Andy McCourt
We all love FESPA Global Print Expos and I haven’t spoken to a single industry member yet who doesn’t look forward to the next one they can attend. However, to assert that “there are now no practical obstacles to travel for most printers who wish to participate in FESPA 2021” tends to overlook two – maybe more – small countries in the southern hemisphere where there is an abundance of âpractical travel barriersâ preventing our participation. At WFOL we have tried to book flights using popular booking platforms like Webjet, Cheapflights and even directly with airlines. No availability. We found a KLM (Dutch Airline) site that offered flights via Los Angeles and Paris – at almost $ 5,000 round trip in economy class and between 60 and 80 hours of travel each way – I don’t know. it is an error or not.
The Australian government remains of the view that our borders are closed and that only essential or government approved travel outside of the country is permitted. Requests for exemptions are very difficult to obtain; I know from experience that my 2020 application for my own mother’s 100th birthday (she is now 101 today! No apple jokes please, I have lived here much longer than I ever have lived in UK) – he was rejected. Even though you can get an exemption, the 14-day quarantine period at your expense still applies to the return.
So, kudos to Europe for easing restrictions on double vaxxed in âhigh risk countriesâ – but the Global Print Expo isn’t entirely global, is it? And if someone from ANZ is obsessively eager to be there, start flapping now!
Here is the announcement:
FESPA has indicated that restrictions on fully vaccinated travelers to the Netherlands from designated “very high risk countries” will be lifted from September 22, 2021 – “which means 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 having to quarantine on arrival.
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. This proof can be provided by means of the Covid Digital Certificate from the EU (DCC) or an equivalent certification from non-EU countries.
âThe 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 important for many potential international visitors to the October 2021 event. “FESPA said. Further information is available on the Dutch government website.
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more the world “: FESPA CEO Neil Felton
âTravel to the Netherlands from most continental European countries was already easy for EU CCD holders,â said FESPA CEO Neil Felton. âThis lifting of the mandatory quarantine for fully vaccinated visitors from ‘very high risk’ countries is important because it will give printers even more confidence to make firm plans to visit FESPA 2021. We know there is has a strong appetite from printers around the world to come back to our live event, brush up on 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 obstacles to travel for most printers who wish to participate in FESPA 2021. â
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is continuously expanding its operations. An update of all destinations and frequencies is available at: www.schiphol.nl
Proof of double vaccination will also allow access to the RAI exhibition center and the FESPA / European Sign Expo exhibition area. The Dutch government’s announcement was accompanied by further adjustments to social distancing measures, and FESPA’s COVID provisions will be updated accordingly.
For up to date information visit: www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com/show-information/covid-19-update