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Information & FAQs pertaining to pandemic-related precautions
Europe Summit 2022

For many years, FS-ISAC has been entrusted with its members’ safety and security. While we have heard from many of our members that they are looking forward to returning to in-person events, we are aware that there are still many concerns around health and safety with the ongoing pandemic.*
*Last updated on 1 September 2022

For the Europe Summit, FS-ISAC is taking necessary precautions to address risks by requiring:
1. For all attendees, proof of vaccination or acceptable results from specific COVID tests. FS-ISAC will verify at registration on-site. See FAQs #2-6. 1 Sept 22 note: International attendees previously had vaccine checks when going through customs when entering Spain, but that has changed; so, FS-ISAC will now check at registration.

2. Recommending masks indoors as appropriate (and requiring them where applicable). See FAQ #7.

As the pandemic evolves, FS-ISAC may adjust this guidance.
For more information, please read the FAQs below

1. Will FS-ISAC hold the event in-person?
FS-ISAC will only hold the event in-person.

2.Will FS-ISAC collect vaccine info or test results?
FS-ISAC is asking all attendees to show that they meet the conditions for attendance. FS-ISAC will not collect or store the vaccine or test information.

3. What kind of documentation do you need for entry?
At check-in we ask all attendees show proof of vaccination or acceptable results from any of COVID tests listed below. The documents can be either digital or physical. (1 Sept 22 note: All attendees must show this documentation now, given changes to entry procedures into Spain. International attendees previously had vaccine checks when going through customs when entering Spain, but that has changed; so, FS-ISAC will now check at registration.)

For proof of vaccination or recovery, any of the following are acceptable:

  • EU Digital COVID Certificate or EU equivalent
  • Spain Travel Health Application (QR SPTH)
  • Certificate of Recovery along with accompanying test results as per https://www.spth.gob.es/info-pcr

For testing:

  • Negative results of a COVID-19 tests approved for entry into Spain (https://www.spth.gob.es/info-pcr) such as a PCR or Rapid Antigen Test taken after 12:01am 07-Sept-2022. Note: At-home tests do not qualify for air travel, and as we are being consistent with the SpTH rules, we cannot accept them

4. Is FS-ISAC requiring boosters?
For entry purposes, FS-ISAC will use the SpTH rules as of 1-June-2022 whereby you only need a booster (3rd shot) if your 2nd shot is before 13-Jan-2022 (nine months prior to the start of the conference). There is no expiration for 3rd shots.

5. Why is FS-ISAC not mandating vaccines for attendance?
FS-ISAC is complying with Spain regulations. Most attendees coming from outside of Spain will need a vaccine. To protect yourself, and all attendees and staff, FS-ISAC strongly encourages, when possible, following all SpTH vaccine and mask recommendations.

6. Will FS-ISAC have rapid tests on-site?
Your hotel can provide recommendations for local testing options.

7. Is FS-ISAC requiring masks?
FS-ISAC recommends mask use indoors. Spain dropped its indoor mask requirement for most indoor venues on 20-April-2022 (with some exceptions such as public transport.) FS-ISAC will continue to monitor if there is any change in requirements.

8. Will there be socially distanced seating opportunities?
FS-ISAC will have ample socially distance seating options at meal events and general sessions.

9. How can I let people know onsite if I want to stay socially distanced?
FS-ISAC will be implementing a red, yellow and green sticker program at the event to highlight attendees’ requests on social distancing.

Green: Back to the ways things were pre-pandemic
Amber: Being cautious
Red: Please no contact

These stickers will be available to include on attendee’s name badges at registration. 

10. What happens if someone feels ill under 14 days before the event and cannot find a substitute?
For paying attendees, FS-ISAC cannot issue a refund under 14 days before the event. Instead, FS-ISAC will give a credit for a future summit.

11. What happens if someone feels ill on-site?
The health of our attendees is a top priority, and as such, FS-ISAC asks anyone who feels ill to leave the event until they feel better. FS-ISAC will give further guidance as it gets closer to the event itself.

12. What should prohibit me from attending the event?
We ask attendees to not attend the event if they have any of the following: a fever over 38°C / 100.4°F, chills, persistent cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting, and diarrhea, or other unusual symptoms.

13. Will you notify attendees if someone who has been at the event tests positive during or after the Summit?
Please be aware that even at the end of the pandemic, large events still carry a risk for attendees. FS-ISAC will not be disclosing any attendee's health information during or after the event, so each participant should take all of the steps they feel necessary to stay safe, including following mask and social distancing guidelines.