While it’s great to hear that the Dutch government has eased the quarantine restriction well ahead of the FESPA Global Print trade show in Amsterdam in October, they have little impact on visitors from Australia and New Zealand, with the hardest thing being finding a flight that gets you there. over there. Andy McCourt’s Comments
We all love FESPA simple print shows and I haven’t spoken to a single member of the industry who isn’t looking forward to attending the next meeting. However, noting that “there are now no practical travel barriers for most printers wishing to participate in FESPA 2021”, two things are being overlooked: – maybe more – Small countries in the hemisphere where there are a plethora of “practical travel barriers” that hinder our future journey. We at WFOL book flights through popular booking platforms such as Webjet, Cheapflights and direct with airlines. There is no availability. We found a KLM website reached via Los Angeles and Paris – with an economy round trip of about $5,000 and 60-80 hours travel time each way – I’m not sure if that’s a match.
The Australian Government continues to take the position that our principles of government-approved travel outside the country are allowed. Exemption requests are difficult to obtain; I know from experience that my order for 2020 for my mother’s 100th birthday (she’s now 101 today! No kidding please, I’ve lived here much longer than I’ve lived in the UK) – has been thrown away. Even if you can get an exemption, the 14-day quarantine period still applies at your expense when you return.
So well done in Europe for easing restrictions on high-risk countries – but the World Print Fair isn’t quite global, is it? And if someone from ANZ really wants to be there, start flapping your arm now!
Here’s the ad:
FESPA countries has scheduled the restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers to the Netherlands 2021 in Amsterdam (12-15 October 2021) without fear of having to quarantine on arrival.”
Travelers with proof of their full vaccination with an EU-approved vaccine can enter the Netherlands freely, without the mandatory quarantine period. This proof can be provided by an EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) of an equivalent certificate from countries outside the European Union.
“The list of countries at risk currently includes the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Thailand and much of Latin America, so this positive development is important for much larger international visitors to the October 2021 event.” , according to FESPA. More information is available at website of the Dutch government.
| “There is a strong appetite from all the printers
on The World”: Neil Felton, CEO of FESPA
“Traveling to the Netherlands, most of Europe, has already gone smoothly for EU DCC holders,” said Neil Felton, CEO of FESPA. “This lifting of the mandatory quarantine for fully vaccinated visitors from ‘risk countries’ is important as it will give printers more confidence to make planned plans to visit FESPA 2021. We know that there is strong demand from printers around the world, updating their knowledge of the field and seeing back for themselves product innovations that will make their first public appearance at the show. There are now no practical travel barriers for most printers wishing to participate in FESPA 2021.”
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is expanding its activities. An update of all destinations and frequencies can be found at: www.schiphol.nl
Proof of double vaccination also grants access to the RAI Exhibition Center and the FESPA/European Sign Expo exhibition space. The Dutch government’s announcement was in agreement with future social distancing measures, and FESPA’s COVID arrangements will be updated.
For the latest information, visit: www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com/show-information/covid-19-update