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TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION

FESPA 2021

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION

TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR FESPA ATTENDEES & PARTICIPANTS

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

We are thrilled to announce that restrictions have been lifted for fully-vaccinated visitors travelling to FESPA Global Print Expo 2021, meaning that printers and sign-makers can now travel to the show freely and without fear of needing to quarantine on arrival. The rules on self-quarantining will change as of 22 September 2021.

This applies to countries that have previously been designated as “very high risk”, such as the United Kingdom, United States, Israel, India, South Africa, Thailand and much of the Latin-America.

Attendees will simply need to provide proof of being fully vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine and complete the necessary documentation ahead of their arrival to The Netherlands.

For the full travel checklist to enter The Netherlands, please visit this Dutch Government website.

CHECKLIST FOR FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELLERS ATTENDEES FROM THE EU/ SCHENGEN AREA

If you are travelling from any of the EU/ Schengen area countries, here’s what you need to do to arrive in Amsterdam:

  • No EU travel ban
  • No need to bring proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or negative test result
  • No need to self-quarantine
  • On arrival to The Netherlands, you will need to complete the health declaration form and bring it with you. Some airlines allow you to complete this health declaration digitally when you check in.

Further details on travel from the EU can be found here.

You can also find the requirements for your country by CHECKING YOUR TRIP HERE

CHECKLIST FOR FULLY VACCINATED TRAVELLERS ATTENDEES FROM OUTSIDE OF THE EU/ SCHENGEN AREA

Fully vaccinated travellers from countries outside of the EU / Schengen, designated as a ‘very high-risk’ (including the UK and US), need the following five things to travel to The Netherlands from 22nd September 2021:

1. PASSPORT

2. HEALTH DECLARATION FORM: All travellers aged 13 or older who are flying from and to The Netherlands must carry a health declaration. Please click here for the instructions and documents.

3. PROOF OF VACCINATION & VACCINE DECLARATION FORM: There are travel restrictions for travellers from (very) high-risk areas to The Netherlands. However, if a traveller is fully vaccinated, she/he is exempt from the EU travel ban and welcome in The Netherlands without having to quarantine upon arrival. For the traveller, it is important to bring a proof of vaccination and vaccine declaration form to the event, so that the traveller can be exempted from the travel restrictions.

4. NEGATIVE COVID TEST: To enter The Netherlands from a (very) high-risk area, a traveller needs either a negative PCR test result from less than 48 hours before departure or a negative antigen test result from less than 24 hours before.

5. QUARANTINE DECLARATION FORM: A traveller needs to complete a quarantine declaration form, which can be printed and must be taken during travelling. The instruction to the traveller is: please tick the box that indicates that you fall into an exemption category. In the exemption category box, the traveller can write “Significant contribution to Dutch economy” and in the supporting document box “Letter of invitation from a Dutch business.” Nothing else is required in section 2 or 3.

 

Further details for attendees coming from outside of the EU can be found here.

* Please note that the information on the website of the Dutch government until September 22 is based on the situation that applies until September 22 - without the relaxations as announced.

You can also find the requirements for your country by CHECKING YOUR TRIP HERE

WHAT IF I AM NOT DOUBLE-VACCINATED?

Not (fully) vaccinated travellers from countries outside of the EU / Schengen, designated as ‘very high-risk’ (including the UK and US), need the following six things to travel to The Netherlands from 22nd September 2021:

1. PASSPORT

2. HEALTH DECLARATION FORM: All travellers aged 13 or older who are flying from and to The Netherlands must carry a health declaration. Please click here for the instructions and documents.

3. NEGATIVE COVID TEST: To enter The Netherlands from a (very) high-risk area, a traveller needs either a negative PCR test result from less than 48 hours before departure or a negative antigen test result from less than 24 hours before.

4. LETTER OF INVITATION: There are travel restrictions for not (fully) vaccinated travellers from ‘very high-risk’ countries to The Netherlands (such as a travel ban and a quarantine obligation). If a traveller is not fully vaccinated, she/ he may qualify for a business travel exemption to these travel restrictions with a letter of invitation from RAI. Upon request of the traveller, FESPA will send a personal invitation letter as written by RAI. Please email us if you need to request the personalised invitation letter.

5. DIPLOMATIC NOTE: To enter The Netherlands on the basis of business travel exemption, the traveller must have a diplomatic note issued by a Dutch embassy stating that he falls under an exemption to the entry ban.

6. QUARANTINE DECLARATION FORM: A traveller needs to complete a quarantine declaration form, which can be printed and must be taken during travelling. The instruction to the traveller is: please tick the box that indicates that you fall into an exemption category. In the exemption category box, the traveller can write “Significant contribution to Dutch economy” and in the supporting document box “Letter of invitation from a Dutch business.” Nothing else is required in section 2 or 3.

WHICH VACCINATIONS ARE EU APPROVED?

The vaccine you received must have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or be on the Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization (WHO).

This is currently the case for the following vaccines:

  • Astra Zeneca EU (Vaxzevria)
  • Astra Zeneca - Japan (Vaxzevria)
  • Astra Zeneca - Australia (Vaxzevria)
  • Astra Zeneca-SK Bio (Vaxzevria)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine - United States of America
  • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Johnson & Johnson ((COVID-19 Vaccine) Janssen)
  • Moderna (Spikevax)
  • Serum Institute of India (Covishield)
  • Sinopharm BIBP
  • Sinovac.

 

I HAVE BEEN VACCINATED WITH A VACCINE THAT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY EMA

You cannot create proof of vaccination using the CoronaCheck app or website if you have been vaccinated with a non-approved vaccine. In this case, you can only get a COVID Certificate with a negative test result or proof of recovery.

TESTING FOR TRAVEL

RAI Amsterdam also offer testing for travel purposes, if needed for your destination. You can book this at www.bookyourcovidtest.com or www.testplannen.nl. This is taking place at the Diamond Lounge in Entrance H. The RAI offer both PCR (€99,50 incl. vat) and Antigen lateral flow tests (€39,50 incl. vat). PCR test results will be received on the same day.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Traveling to the RAI Amsterdam is easy and stress-free. The exhibition is centrally located, just a 20 minute car journey from the city centre and under 15 minutes from Amsterdam, Schiphol airport. It is well serviced by public transport and road links.

To access FESPA please go to Entrance K of the RAI Amsterdam. 

Advice on travel to and from The Netherlands is constantly changing. For the latest advice, please click here.

Travel via Train

The RAI has its ‘own’ station, RAI Amsterdam which is located a stone’s throw from the RAI complex and is easy to reach from anywhere in the Netherlands. When you leave the station follow the signs for RAI Amsterdam.
Check the latest train information before departure »

Renovation station Amsterdam RAI
The Amsterdam RAI station will be under construction until mid 2020. Our advice is to avoid this station until then and travel with metro 52. The metro leaves from Amsterdam Zuid station in the direction of Noord and from Amsterdam CS station in the direction of Zuid. You can get off at metro station Europaplein.

Please note: the above travel advice does not apply if you have bought a NS-train ticket with your trade fair registration/entrance ticket. With this NS-train ticket you can only get off at Amsterdam RAI station, otherwise the discount is not valid.

 

Travel via Bus or Metro

From Amsterdam Central Station you can take metro 52, the new underground connection linking the district of Amsterdam North to the Amsterdam Zuid railway station. This line provides the fastest direct connection from Amsterdam Central Station to the RAI (via the Europaplein station). You can also take tram 4 and get off at Europaplein.

From Amstel Station, you can reach us with metro 51 (get off at Amsterdam RAI station) or bus lines 62 (get off at Europaplein) or 65 (get off at Scheldeplein).

Metro 50, which runs between Amsterdam Sloterdijk en Gein, also stops at the Amsterdam RAI station.

Find out more

 

Travel by Car

Visiting one of our events, taking a day trip to Amsterdam or coming to the area for an appointment?

Consider leaving your car in one of our affordable covered garages. The price is €4.50 per hour, with a maximum of €26.00

More information about parking at the RAI »

Travel by Air

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is located a mere 15 minutes from RAI Amsterdam whether you travel by car, train, taxi or bus. The  Amsterdam Airport website provides information including: up-to-the-minute flight information, connecting transport facilities to RAI Amsterdam and business facilities.

Travel via Taxi

Easy and eco-friendly: a TCA taxi to and from RAI Amsterdam

All taxi companies can take you to the RAI and drop you off close to the entrance. Only taxis operated by the company TCA can enter the site to pick up travellers, however - this decision was made for a range of reasons, including logistics. At some events, TCA taxis are already lined up at the exit to take passengers. If no taxis are available at the given moment you can ask the reception to call you one.

Order your taxi online »

TCA and sustainability
The taxi company TCA has been participating in environmental mobility projects since 2011. It focuses on green mobility while first and foremost ensuring high-quality taxi transport. TCA is making a rapid transition to emissions-free taxi transport by 2025. As an international leader in the field of sustainability in the exhibition and congress industry, the RAI is very pleased with TCA's ambitions in this respect.

If you wish to have another taxi company collect you from the RAI you will find the pick-up point just outside the RAI site.

Travel via Disabled facilities 

We are easily accessible for people with disabilities

The RAI has disabled parking places in every garage. If you are in posession of an official EU parking card for people with disabilities (gehandicaptenparkeerkaart), you can park in special parking places located close to the exit to the complex.

Report first to the lodge at the P7 garage, which can be reached by following the route P-RAI 7. Our staff will then refer you to the most convenient parking space.

Please note that parking with a card for people with disabilities also costs € 4.00 per hour (up to a maximum of € 25.00 per day, or € 21.00 with a day ticket purchased online).

Map of disabled parking facilities »

Travel via Bicycle & Motor Bike

We have plenty of space for your bike, scooter or motorbike

There are bicycle racks at all entrances around the RAI site. Additional racks are placed at events when many people are expected to arrive by bike. Motorbikes and scooters can be parked free of charge next to the bike racks at the Elicium: follow the route P-RAI 7 to get there.

Please note that here are no charging stations for electric bicycles or scooters.

P+Bike
Like to park your car at the RAI and then explore Amsterdam by bicycle? No problem - RAI Amsterdam is a Hello-Bike parking spot. You will find the Hello-Bike station around the corner at entrance F, closest to the P4 garage.

Please note that the costs for using the bicycle are nog included in the parking fee for you car.
More information about Hello-Bike »

Travel via Coach

If you are coming to an event in RAI Amsterdam by coach you can usually park in P6. Simply follow the signs marked P-RAI 6. Some events attract a large number of buses. If this is the case, there will be signs on the Europaboulevard which indicate the route coaches can follow to park. You can let us know you are arriving by coach via raiparking@rai.nl.

If you are not attending an event at RAI Amsterdam, but wishes to park your touring car, please contact raiparking@rai.nl.

The best-value way to park and reach the city centre

Looking for inexpensive parking within easy reach of the city centre? You can park your car with us for the special P+R parking rate and get to the heart of Amsterdam centre by public transport.

More information about P+R at the RAI »

Travelling to RAI Amsterdam itself by car? You can also park at one of the city's other P+R locations indicated below and travel comfortably from there by public transport.

P+R Hoofddorp
Scorpius 131
2132 LR Hoofddorp

Parking spaces: 408
Parking fee: € 4,50 per day

Getting to P+R Hoofddorp
 

P+R Breukelen
Broekdijk West 5
3621 LV Breukelen

Parking spaces: 120
Parking fee: free

Route P+R

P+R locations

To avoid any traffic in the city, you can also park your car at the following P+R locations.
Note: from these locations to the RAI and back, you will only get the P+R/reduced parking rate if your last check-in was in the city center area. RAI Amsterdam does not fall within the city center area.

P+R Amsterdam Noord
Nieuwe Leeuwarderweg Afslag S116
1022BP Amsterdam

Parking spaces: 442

P+R Amsterdam Sloterdijk
Piarcoplein 1
1043 DW Amsterdam

Parking spaces: 200

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

Amsterdam offers visitors an abundance of accommodation options. Whether you prefer to stay in a 4 star suite, or perhaps a quiet boutique hotel, RAI Hotel Services is here to assist you with all your accommodation needs. Click here for more information on individual and group reservations. 

 

BEWARE OF SCAMS

Exhibitors are being targeted by companies claiming to be, or work with, the event organisers. They use existing event branding and may appear genuine.  In the past this has included directories and hotel bookings but companies can also claim they can sell visitor data. All exhibitors should check the small print before signing anything relating to FESPA’s exhibitions and events.  In case of doubt, please contact info@fespa.com.  Please note, RAI Hotel Services is the only official accommodation agency for FESPA Global Print Expo & European Sign Expo 2021.  Other agencies that contact you may be a scam.

VISA

If you require a Visa letter to travel to The Netherlands, please register and pay for your entry ticket. After doing so, you will be sent a confirmation email which contains a link to download your pre-filled Visa letter. Should you have any issues with this, please email marketing@fespa.com

Please click here to see if you need a Visa letter to travel to The Netherlands: https://bit.ly/2UWurgF

Please note, the decision to deliver visas remains the sole responsibility of the Holland representation in your country. Should their decision be negative, we will not be in a position to intervene. 

Employees from outside the European Union

An employment permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning) is required for non-EU residents. Such persons will not be admitted by RAI Amsterdam without a valid permit.

And there is this website explaining the different work permits and also there is an article on Brexit but it is more related to British Nationals living in the Netherlands.

https://business.gov.nl/regulation/work-permit-employees/

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