The GSMA and the Government have reached an agreement to facilitate the arrival of attendees from outside Spain to the Mobile World Congress (MWC), scheduled for June 28. In this way, one of the main obstacles that could affect participation in the fair is overcome, taking into account that the borders are closed for citizens of countries outside the European Union (EU). With the constant rumor of the trickle of cancellations of attending companies, the announcement gives a glimmer of hope to the show, which hopes to bring together some 50,000 attendees in this year’s celebration, far from the record numbers of other years.
The exhibitors, sponsors and congressmen who want to participate in person at the Mobile will be considered as highly skilled workers to get to Barcelona, one of the current exceptions to enter Spain. Through prior registration, the GSMA will provide the information of international assistants to the Government so that they take it into account when issuing visas and passing border controls. This exception will not apply to citizens of countries considered high risk due to the level of incidence of covid-19. Currently, this would affect those in Brazil and South Africa.
“The health and safety of all those participating in the Barcelona MWC, both in Spain and abroad, continues to be our top priority as we navigate rapidly changing circumstances,” says GSMA CEO John Hoffman . “This decision is a resounding vote of confidence in the careful planning carried out to date and in our strong collaboration with the different political parties in the host city. We will continue to work closely with our partners to offer a safe and enjoyable experience, “he says.
International travel authorization for MWC 2021 is in addition to other measures taken to guarantee a safe face-to-face celebration. Congress members will have to take a rapid coronavirus test every 72 hours to access the Gran Via venue at Fira de Barcelona. Likewise, the facilities will be reorganized to be able to maintain distances and avoid physical contact. Specifically, interactions that were previously physical have been digitized, such as the control of accreditations to access or payment in restaurants, and the entrances and exits have been doubled, with unidirectional traffic flows.