Rotterdam, The Netherlands
June 30 - July 3
Dear friends of the IWOAI,
With only one month away from IWOAI 2021, this message is to update you on our preparations related to Covid-19 restrictions.
Thanks to a substantial vaccination coverage in the Netherlands at this time, numbers of Covid-19 cases are decreasing quite rapidly and restrictions are being eased at a faster pace than expected. As a result, we will be allowed to organize an on-site component of IWOAI 2021 in Rotterdam, with a maximum of 50 attendees.
Thus, we will be proceeding with shaping an attractive hybrid IWOAI program for you, which will allow attendees to be part of the IWOAI either in person or on-line. Please visit our final program here.
Despite our excitement about the opportunity to welcome many of you here in Rotterdam, we also wish to point out that despite these local relaxation of restrictions, international travel restrictions are currently still in effect, both imposed by the Dutch authorities and likely your own country of origin. These include the necessity of PCR testing and/or quarantine, or even a complete entry ban (currently for US visitors for the entire EU). At this time, being vaccinated does not allow entry into the Netherlands.
Although these regulations are currently changing on a daily basis (mostly in a positive way) and may be eased as time progresses toward the end of June, we wish to stress that it is everybody’s own responsibility to check and adhere to the Covid-19 restrictions that apply when considering attending IWOAI 2021 on-site. The following website provides the current regulations for entry into the Netherlands pertaining to each country of origin, issued by the Dutch government and updated on a continuous basis: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/checklist. Of course, you also need to verify your own country’s regulations regarding entry from the Netherlands upon return.
In view of these rapid developments, we have extended the registration deadline for on-site attendance to June 16, 2021.
Should possibilities to travel open up after June 16, we ask that you contact us to check whether we can accommodate last-minute arrangements.
We are looking forward to a great IWOAI 2021, and to welcoming you either in person or on-line !
Edwin Oei and Jos Runhaar
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