Health and safety for SPIE Photonics Europe

We are actively tracking the emerging news and guidance around the new Omicron variant. While it is too early to determine the impact of this latest variant, we will continue to monitor and adjust our plans and health protocols as necessary. Last update: 1 December 2021

Together, we can ensure a safe and successful event

Based on rules from federal and local authorities, proof of COVID-19 vaccination and masks will be required for all participants. SPIE looks forward to safely bringing the community together in April 2022.

Requirements may change so please check back as the event approaches.

Planning for a safe and successful Photonics Europe

Proof of vaccination and masks will be required for everyone at Photonics Europe 2022

SPIE and our event partners aim to provide a safe event for all attendees. We will be using the Health Pass system to confirm the health status of everyone.

All event participants are expected to understand and follow the safe event requirements outlined below.

Learn more:

SPIE safe meeting protocols 

This page reflects current rules and expectations and will be kept up to date as any requirements change.

  • SPIE will follow the latest published requirements and safe gathering protocols established in the location where each event occurs
  • Among national, state, local, or facility-specific rules or recommendations SPIE will abide by the current mandates of the local government and venue
  • Rules may change if local, state, or federal rules change prior to or during an event

What to expect at SPIE Photonics Europe

In Strasbourg, proof of vaccination and the wearing of masks is required based on city-specific rules; source:

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all attendees and staff (everyone must get a Health Pass; see below)
  • Masks will be mandatory for all indoor spaces
  • Enhanced sanitation measures will be taken throughout the event
  • Masks and hand sanitizers will be widely available

Proof of vaccination

How we can all help

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Test for Covid-19 within 24 hours prior to entering the event venue
  • Respect the personal space and comfort level of others
  • Do not attend if you are not feeling well
  • SPIE will make available an onsite COVID-19 testing lab to accommodate anyone who may desire or need a test


For information on traveling, please visit the Hotel and Travel page

What to expect in Strasbourg

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination may be required at area businesses
  • Masks may be required for indoor activities
  • Respect local area mandates and requirements

Frequently asked questions

You have been vaccinated with a vaccine accepted by the European Medicines Agency or equivalent since:

  • more than 4 weeks after injection for one-dose vaccines (Johnson & Johnson)
  • more than 7 days after the second injection for two-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca)
  • more than 7 days after the injection if you have recovered from Covid-19 (in this case, only one injection is required)

Vaccines authorized to prevent COVID-19 by the European Medicines Agency are accepted.

Vaccination certificates carried by citizens of countries listed by the French Government will be accepted without further formalities. Your current Health Pass will be accepted as proof of vaccination. Learn more about the Health Pass

Visitors will need to apply for a French Health Pass or a vaccine equivalency health pass.

To start the application process, visit FranceConnect to request a foreign vaccination certificate.

Additional information can be found on this government FAQ containing information for foreign nationals wishing to enter France.

French nationals may be able to obtain a Health Pass with a COVID test. However, foreign visitors will not be able to obtain a Health Pass without proving they are fully vaccinated. Learn more

Photonics Europe dates to keep in mind if you are considering getting vaccinated in time for the event (note your specific milestone dates may be different depending on your travel dates).

Last date for single-dose vaccine 5 March
Last date to receive second dose of two-dose vaccine 26 March
First date of event 3 April