iGB Live!/iGB Affiliate Amsterdam experience 40% spike in registrations as Dutch government removes quarantine regulations for all vaccinated visitors
The number of industry professionals registering to iGB Live! and iGB Affiliate Amsterdam increased by 40% as news broke that caretaker Prime Minister’s cabinet had confirmed that travellers who have been vaccinated would not have to quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands even if they have visited a country with high levels of coronavirus infection.
The new policy, which Clarion Gaming Portfolio Director, Naomi Barton described as a ‘game changer’ will take effect from September 22.
She explained: “We had already secured a business exemption to the quarantine regulations for iGB Live!/iGB Affiliate visitors, but this news really makes it a very simple process for all of our stakeholders to attend what will be the first in-person gaming industry event since ICE London was held in February 2020. Visitors will still need to check with their airline for confirmation of what additional documentation they need to fly, but all they need is proof of full vaccination status to enter the Netherlands and iGB Live! and that’s it.
“Those travellers who are not fully-vaccinated are also welcome to travel to Amsterdam, providing they have proof of a negative Covid test and an invitation letter that we will provide them with. They can then test for free at the RAI before entering iGB Live!, with the results delivered in 15 minutes. iGB Live! really is back!”
In a parallel development, the Netherlands government has also confirmed that it will not be enforcing the 1.5 metre social distancing regulation. Instead, the rule is being replaced with much wider use of the Coronavirus Access Passes where people wanting to gain entry to indoor venues, including hospitality, will be required to demonstrate either proof of vaccination, recovery from an infection of or a negative test for the infection within 24 hours. Coronavirus passes are generated in the form of QR codes in the CoronaCheck app.