COVID-19 Policy


To access the Global Conference 2022 venues, attendees will need photo identification and one of:

  • Original vaccination record card, which includes:
    • Name of person vaccinated that matches the photo identification
    • Date of birth
    • Type of vaccine provided
    • Date last dose administered
  • A photo or paper copy of your vaccination record card
  • A photo of your vaccination record card stored on a phone or other electronic device
  • Paper or digital documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider or other issuer.
  • A Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (DCVR)
  • a valid negative PCR test from within the last 72 hours; or
  • a valid negative antigen test from within the last 48 hours. Negative antigen tests must be presented with electronic or printed proof containing the attendee’s name and date of validity.

Mask Wearing

All attendees will be required to wear masks indoors, and outdoors throughout the event.

The only exception is attendees eating or drinking, and those presenting on roundtables or workshops, speaking on stages, performing on camera, or broadcasting interviews.

Please read the information below carefully before your arrival:

Before you travel to the United States

We advise all attendees to check the CDC travel guidelines website before travelling to the United States.

All non-U.S. citizens, non-U.S. immigrants traveling to the United States by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Only limited exceptions apply. Learn more about this requirement.

Before boarding a flight to the United States, you are required to show one of the following:

  • If you are fully vaccinated: Proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 3 days before travel.
  • If you are NOT fully vaccinated and meet the criteria for an exception for the requirement for proof of COVID-19 vaccination: A negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.
  • Children under 2 years old do not need to test. There is also an option for people who have documented recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. Learn more about these requirements.

Do NOT travel if…

  • You have been exposed to COVID-19 unless you are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
  • You are sick.
  • You tested positive for COVID-19 and haven’t ended isolation (even if you are fully vaccinated).
  • You are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test. If your test comes back positive while you are at your destination, you will need to isolate and postpone your return until it’s safe for you to end isolation. Your travel companions may need to self-quarantine.

If you are unable to travel to the United States because you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, tested positive or feel sick, you may receive a full refund if you request to cancel your ticket within 14 days of booking your ticket. We have a strict no-refund policy after this date.

After this 14-day period our refund policy becomes a transfer only policy and we encourage you to donate to a friend!


Vaccines approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen

Vaccines Listed for Emergency Use (EUL) by the World Health Organization (WHO):

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • BIBP/Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

If you received a COVID-19 vaccine that is not authorized or approved by FDA or listed for emergency use by WHO, you may start over with an FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. Where none of these vaccination certificates can be provided, the attendee must provide evidence of a valid negative PCR or antigen test, which will only remain valid for 72 hours or 48 hours respectively.


Participants who cannot provide a vaccine certificate will require proof of a negative PCR test (which will remain valid for 72 hours), or of a negative antigen test (which will remain valid for 48 hours).

Attendees are encouraged to carry out testing before arriving at the venue. Appointments at all test sites throughout the United States are strongly encouraged as there is no guarantee you will be seen without one. There are several testing locations in Redwood City, California where all participants can get tested.

Venue Entry

To access the Global Conference 2022 venues, all participants must enter through main registration points. Each main registration point will have security teams validating vaccine certificates and negative test results.

The following access protocols will apply to all participants entering via the main registration points at Global Conference 2022 each day. Participants include staff, volunteers, general attendees, speakers, investors, members of the media, and startups.

All participants must have a valid vaccine certificate. Where these official certificates cannot be provided, we will require proof of a negative PCR test (which will remain valid for 72 hours) or a negative antigen test (which will remain valid for 48 hours).

Vaccine certificates and negative tests will be verified and checked against photo identification by security to access the main venue access points.

Attendees with none of the above will be refused entry until either a valid certificate or a valid negative COVID-19 test is presented.

Social Distancing

In the State of California, there are currently no rules for social distancing. However, where social distancing cannot be guaranteed, masks will be required.

Monitoring Capacity

Global Conference 2022 will have teams across the venues monitoring capacity throughout Global Conference 2022 events.

Event Flow

Global Conference 2022 will introduce one-way traffic flows for attendees where appropriate and in-line with CDC health guidelines. These will be in place at venue entrances and exits.

Outdoor Areas

The Fox Theatre and San Mateo County History Museum boasts a large amount of outdoor space for networking and dining for attendees who wish to connect outdoors.

Hygiene & Cleaning

Ventilation will be in place across the Global Conference 2022 venues, and an increased cleaning schedule will be enacted across the venues to ensure all attendees are provided with a clean and hygienic environment for networking. There will be hand sanitiser stations throughout the venue.

Attendee safety & security

Throughout Global Conference 2022, we advise that you take the following safety and security measures:

  • Lock your hotel/Airbnb room at night and close your windows
  • Keep valuable objects inside a locker or a safe
  • Wear your backpack on your front and keep your wallet safe
  • Call 911 or alert a nearby police officer if you see anything suspicious

It is recommended that, during the 14 days following the event, all attendees follow public health guidelines while guaranteeing additional precautionary measures and avoiding contact with vulnerable people.

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