At present, there is a denial of entry order in place that prevents any national from a country outside the EU from entering Spain. Exceptions apply to specific groups of people, including ‘highly qualified workers’, and today’s announcement puts MWC21 Barcelona registrants in this category.
John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA, said, “The health and safety of everyone involved in MWC Barcelona, both in Spain and beyond, continues to be our utmost priority as we navigate rapidly shifting circumstances. This decision is a resounding vote of confidence in the careful planning undertaken to date, and our strong partnership with the Host City Parties. We will continue to work closely with our partners to deliver a safe and enjoyable experience.”
The GSMA will share details of MWC21 Barcelona registrants with Spanish authorities to facilitate entry into the country. This allows entry to Spain to registrants who are currently denied entry, including those from China and the USA, for the purposes of attending and doing business at MWC21.
This decision on international travel is part of what the GSMA has described as “a multi-layered plan” to ensure a safe environment for attendees. The event will be a hybrid event for the first time, with a virtual experience running in parallel to the onsite activities.
Online pass holders will be able to explore virtual exhibitions and network via video before, during and after the show. Keynote speeches, conference sessions, partner programmes and summits will be live-streamed and available on-demand. Event organisers have said that more information on the virtual elements of the event will be available next Monday.