World Retail Congress 2019


Covid Vaccination Policy

Covid Vaccination Policy

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Required

To attend the World Retail Congress, all attendees must present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 within the last 180 days (6 months). Attendees can show a digital certification (eg, EU Super Green Pass, NHS Covid Pass, or equivalent for your geographical region) or a printed certification or a covid card or a simple QR code.

FFP2 masks will be required to be worn during the World Retail Congress.  We will have a stock of masks available at the registration desks.

Delegates MUST show proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon collection of their badge at the World Retail Congress registration desks. We are unable to issue badges or provide access to any delegates who are unable to provide a COVID-19 vaccine certificate which is valid in Italy.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Find answers to frequently asked questions below. This page will be updated on a regular basis.

How do I obtain an EU Digital COVID Certificate?

Please refer to the latest guidance: 

Which vaccines administered abroad are valid in Italy?

Vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and which are currently valid for obtaining the  COVID-19 Green Certification in Italy : Comirnaty ( Pfizer-BioNtech), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca), Janssen ( Johnson & Johnson), Nuvaxovid (Novavax).

Which non-EU countries are included in the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC)?

So far, 33 non EU countries (and territories) joined the EUDCC system, which means that the COVID certificates issued in those 33 countries are accepted in the EU under the same conditions as the EUDCC.  

Currently, this includes: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Cabo Verde, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Iceland, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), Uruguay, The Vatican.

I’m not from the EU.  Which vaccination certificates are accepted?

Vaccination certificates issued by the competent national health authorities abroad, following vaccination with vaccines authorized by EMA or equivalent vaccines, are considered as equivalent to the Italian COVID green certification. 

The certifications must contain at least the following:

  • identification data of the owner (name, surname, date of birth);

  • data relating to the vaccine (name and lot);

  • date (s) of vaccine administration; and

  • identification data of who issued the certificate (state, health authority).

Vaccination certificates, in paper and / or digital format, must be drawn up in at least one of the following languages: Italian, English, French, or Spanish . If the certificate was not issued in one of the five languages ​​indicated, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation.

The validity of vaccination certificates is the same as for the COVID-19 green certification issued by the Italian State.

Will you offer COVID-19 testing for attendees?

No, we will not be offering Covid-19 testing, however, if you would like to arrange for Covid-19 testing, please contact who will be able to assist you in your arrangements.

Can I provide a negative COVID-19 test if I am not vaccinated?

We require all delegates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend World Retail Congress.  A negative test on its own will not be acceptable.

Will you accept proof of antibodies (recent COVID-19 infection) in place of vaccination?

Italian regulations will not accept proof of antibodies or recent recovery from COVID-19.

Will you make any exceptions to the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy?

No, Italian regulations will not make any exceptions to the Covid-19 Policy outlined above

Will World Retail Congress staff be vaccinated?

We will be requiring all our staff to show proof of full vaccination with an approved health pass.

What happens if I forgot my proof of vaccination and I am already in Rome? Can I provide a negative COVID-19 test? 

A negative test on it’s own will not be acceptable.  Only individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to participate in-person.