Interclean & COVID-19
Last updated February 2022
GREAT NEWS FOR INTERCLEAN EXHIBITORS AND VISITORS!
The Dutch government announced on Tuesday 15 February that it will drop virtually all remaining coronavirus restrictions as per 25 February. The following relaxations come into effect:
- Normal pre-pandemic opening hours will apply to all public venues such as restaurants, cinemas, and a digital corona certificate (DCC) will no longer be necessary to get access to venues.
- Exhibitions can be staged to their full capacity and entrance does no longer require the presentation of a covid health certificate.
- For exhibitions (so called “continuous flow” events) it is not necessary to provide a negative test result. Testing remains necessary for “non-continuous flow” indoor activities with more than 500 guests, which is not applicable to exhibitions.
- Social distancing and face mask wearing will no longer be obligatory but recommended, with the exception of mandatory mask wearing on public transport and at airports.
- As per the 25th of February travel restrictions for non-EU residents pertaining to quarantine requirements will also be eased further. In this context, for example, the obligation for travellers who have not been fully vaccinated to go into quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands will no longer apply. For the latest update on travelling to the Netherlands we kindly refer you to: https://reizentijdenscorona.rijksoverheid.nl/en
It’s time to get together again!
Half May RAI Amsterdam will be the proud host to the world’s most advanced cleaning and hygiene show and we can’t wait to welcome everyone. Interclean Amsterdam is all set to put the spotlights on the latest trends and developments within the professional cleaning and hygiene industry. We look forward to finally reunite the Interclean community from 10-13 May 2022.
Global circumstances continue to evolve and with the realisation that Covid-19 is not going to go away governments are charging ahead in finding the right balance between cautiousness, safety and a liveable and economically flourishing society. With the early proactive action of the Dutch government, successful vaccination and booster campaigns and health expert views, we have every confidence we can run a successful in-person event this Spring.
The continuous commitment of long time exhibitors and surge in demand for stand space amongst newcomers demonstrate the eagerness to meet in an in-person setting is omnipresent. Our Interclean campaign confirms the positive outlook from visitors for our Spring event: visitors from over 70 countries have already registered their attendance.
Travelling to the Netherlands from within the EU / Schengen
For travelling to the Netherlands from inside the EU/Schengen area, for the latest travel requirement for entering the Netherlands we kindly refer you to: https://reizentijdenscorona.rijksoverheid.nl/en
Travelling to the Netherlands from outside the EU / Schengen
Please note that as per the 25th of February additional travel relaxations for entering the Netherlands from outside the EU are expected. See the latest update from the Dutch government: https://www.government.nl/latest/news/2022/02/15/travel-advisories-for-many-countries-to-change-colour
To check on travel requirements for entering the Netherlands we kindly refer you to: https://reizentijdenscorona.rijksoverheid.nl/en
Should you need further assistance, ask your contact at RAI Amsterdam for more information. Assessment of a support letter is with the embassy. As circumstances and situations per country may vary, past approvals are no guarantee for the future.
COVID-19 Test for travelling
If you need a valid negative test when you travel back home or to another country, you can make an appointment at www.spoedtest.nl/en/ for a PCR-test. By using the special vouchercode, we can offer a 25% discount. The spoedtest centre has locations throughout the Netherlands.
Interclean Amsterdam 2022
Interclean Q&A - EXTRA
Q: Will Interclean take place at the original dates?
Interclean Amsterdam will be staged as planned from the 10-13 May 2022. With the continuous commitment of exhibitors and visitor registration on track it is clear that everyone is looking forward to get together again. We will comply with the then prevailing government guidelines.
Q: Can RAI safely stage an event?
RAI puts safety first, for exhibitors, visitors and employees alike. We have successfully staged a number of large scale international events in Q4 2021 with strict protocols in place in line with government guidelines. The hall lay-out of Interclean accommodates wider aisles and additional large network areas to further facilitate social distancing.
Q: Are the usual exhibitors present?
The vast majority of the usual Interclean exhibitors are there and we are welcoming many new and first time exhibitors as well. For those not voluntarily absent (due to travel bans imposed by their national government) we are looking at alternative ways to present themselves to the Interclean community and benefit from business opportunities.
Q: What are the expectations on visitor volume?
Currently international business travel is possible throughout Europe and beyond. Individual country travel restrictions may still have some impact. Our Interclean campaign so far confirms the positive outlook from visitors for our Spring event. The pace of registration is on track and we already have registrations from more than 70 countries. In recent (Q3/Q4 2021) RAI events the number of representatives per company showed a slight cut from previous years. Whereas this affected quantity, the exhibitor feedback from said events indicates that actual visitor quality and decision making level is high, providing a very dedicated and motivated audience with clear objectives.
Q: Is there a maximum capacity?
There is no maximum capacity. Interclean can be staged at its full potential.
Q: What is your Covid entrance policy?
Update per 25th of February: To attend a trade show in the Netherlands, you do not need to provide a proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test result. The use of face masks and social distancing is advised but not mandatory. We expect everyone to act in a responsible manner and use the hand sanitizers available throughout the building, keep an appropriate distance and respect the personal preferences of other attendees.
Q: I am still uncertain, what can I do?
We recognize that attending a live event may not be for everyone at this time, and we fully respect individual decisions. We, however, are confident we can deliver our in-person event safely and create the essential momentum the industry needs. The broad offering of solutions on display combined with our extensive summit & demonstration programme will make attending Interclean a valuable and rewarding experience for dedicated professionals. Those that are not in a position to attend in-person can make full use of our online matchmaking platform Interclean Connect to network and engage with exhibitors and visitors alike. Visitors can register at any time via our website.
Q: I have a question different from the above, who can I contact?
Should you have any further questions or queries, please feel free to drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org. Moving forward, safely together!