Web Summit will require a vaccination certificate or Covid-19 test for participants

  • ECO News
  • 24 August 2021

"The Web Summit announced that vaccination certificates or a negative Covid-19 test will be required to attend the first face-to-face event in two years," the organisers say.

Web Summit, which this year will again be held in person, will require the presentation of a vaccination certificate or a negative Covid-19 test to access the venue. The organisers, which is scheduled for November 1 to 4, do not mention the requirement to wear a mask, but guarantee that it “will support” the use for those who wish to resort to such protection.

“Web Summit will return to Lisbon in November. Safety and health of participants are priorities,” emphasize the organization of the summit, detailing, in a statement released on Tuesday, that the presence in the event will depend on the presentation of the official vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test, “which will be valid for 72 hours.”

As for masks, the organisers say “it is unlikely” that the use of this type of protection in outdoor areas will be legally mandatory in November. Still, “Web Summit will support participants who want to wear masks”. It is important to explain that the progress of the Covid-19 vaccination led António Costa’s government to anticipate the easing of some Covid-19 restrictions, but the use of masks (both indoors and on public roads) remains mandatory.

The organisers conclude the statement by ensuring that it will take appropriate measures, in accordance with the guidelines of the Portuguese authorities, and that will alert participants in time, if the rules on vaccination and masks change until the date of the event.

This year’s edition of the Web Summit will take place between November 1 and 4. As was the case before the pandemic, the events will, however, continue to be streamed online. This year’s Web Summit is expected to feature more than 1,000 speakers, 1,250 startups and 40,000 participants. Last year, the fair was held exclusively in digital format, due to the health crisis.