COVID Information and Safety

COVID Information

Participating in the ISHRS 29th Annual World Congress during the ongoing pandemic carries risk due to the contagious nature of the COVID-19 virus and the fact that the World Congress is held indoors with a large number of people. Attendees and guests are required to represent and warrant that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine that has met the necessary criteria for safety and efficacy established by the WHO. The ISHRS relies on attendees’ and guests’ representations and does not independently verify vaccination status.

In addition, attendees and guests must agree to follow all required health and safety guidelines, protocols, policies, regulations, and mandates relating to attendance at the World Congress, including, but not limited to, World Health Organization guidelines, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, statutes, regulations, and other mandates applicable to the city of Lisbon and the country of Portugal, as well as any additional requirements imposed by the ISHRS or a World Congress venue (regardless of whether international, national, or local laws allow otherwise).

Attendees and guests attend the World Congress voluntarily and at their own risk. They must monitor their own health status and are not allowed to attend the World Congress if symptomatic of COVID-19 or believe they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

An attendee’s failure to comply with required safety protocols or follow the direction of the ISHRS staff on site may result in the loss of their right to attend or participate in the World Congress, including forfeiture of any registration fees paid.

Health & Safety Information for In-Person Meeting

The ISHRS is developing policies and procedures so that we can hold the safest meeting possible. Presently, here is what you should expect in Lisbon at the 2021 ISHRS World Congress:

  • Congress attendees, including all exhibit booth personnel, will be required to attest that they and any guests they bring to social events have received a COVID-19 vaccine authorized or approved by the World Health Organization and will have received the final dose at least 14 days prior to traveling to Lisbon for the 29th World Congress of the ISHRS.
  • Masks will be worn indoors when not eating or drinking.
  • There will be a distance between seats during lectures and at tables during meals.
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available.
  • Additional requirements as mandated by the facilities, the ISHRS, and the city or country.

Travel Information
As you make your travel plans, we recommend the following:

  • Consider purchasing travel insurance to cover your personal travel-related expenses. Read the legal language carefully to assure that the policy covers pandemics and specifically COVID-19.
  • Check current COVID-19 restrictions related to arriving and traveling in Lisbon at this link: https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal
  • Stay informed of travel policies set by the airlines at the time you book your ticket and when you travel.
  • Note that all travel reservations are made at your own risk. The ISHRS cannot make guarantees around individual travel plans. At any time the situation may change, and it may be the case the ISHRS must cancel the in-person component of the meeting at the last minute. Accordingly, we recommend that you purchase a travel insurance policy to cover these expenses.
Health and Safty Information

HEALTH AND VACCINATION INFORMATION FOR PORTUGAL

  • Apart from any prevailing COVID requirements, you will not require any vaccinations to visit Portugal unless you are coming from an area with a common infection. Make a point of checking with your local Portuguese Embassy if in any doubt.  Yellow Fever Vaccination: International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required only when traveling from an infected area and when the traveler is more than one year of age.
  • EU citizens can obtain a refund of most medical costs by using form E111, which is available from Post Offices, Health or Social Security offices in your country.
  • Regarding medical and other insurance, check with your personal medical insurance plan before leaving your home country to ensure you have adequate traveling insurance. Visitors are urged to take out insurance to cover loss incurred in the case of cancellation, medical expenses and damage to or loss of personal effects whenever traveling outside of their own country.

Safety and Expectations Relevant to COVID-19 During the In-Person Meeting: Regarding the safety of an in-person meeting, the ISHRS COVID Officers, chaired by Dr. Robert True, using current guidance from the Lisboa Congress Centre, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) are developing a comprehensive plan so that we can hold the safest meeting possible. While the situation is dynamic, here is what you should expect in Lisbon at the 2021 ISHRS World Congress with the intention of providing a safe environment for all involved – current as of the writing of this document:

  • Congress attendees, including all exhibit booth personnel, will be required to attest that they and any guests they bring to social events have received a COVID-19 vaccine authorized or approved by the World Health Organization and will have received the final dose at least 14 days prior to traveling to Lisbon.
  • Masks will be worn indoors when not eating or drinking.
  • There will be a distance between seats during lectures and at tables during meals.
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available.
  • Additional requirements as mandated by the facilities, the ISHRS, and the city or country.