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Frequently Asked Questions

The global pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. The ILA monitors the CDC, WHO, the Daily Global Risk briefing, and briefings from the Swiss government on a daily basis. We’re also in close contact with our colleagues and conference partners on the ground in Switzerland. We will update this FAQ and communicate with registrants as quickly as possible should guidance change.

Travel to Geneva 

It is important that you do your due diligence and check with your airlines, travel agents, and embassies to verify travel requirements for your unique circumstance. Note:  If you are traveling to Switzerland with a layover in another country, you need to also verify the requirements for the layover country.

Passport & Visa Requirements

Passports must be valid for at least three months after your date of departure from Switzerland. Most of our attendees will not require a VISA to enter the country. Passports from Schengen countries, the U.S.A., Canada, New Zealand, and Australia do not need a VISA to enter Switzerland. If you are travelling to Switzerland under a different passport, please check with the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration to see if you need a VISA. Go to: https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home/publiservice/weisungen-kreisschreiben/visa/liste1_staatsangehoerigkeit/leg_visum.html

Vaccination & COVID Certificate Requirements

As of 13 September, if you are traveling to Geneva from the USA or Canada, and you are 16 or older, you must be fully vaccinated to enter the country.  Once you are in Switzerland, you must also have a Swiss recognized, valid COVID certificate to enter any indoor event, such as our conference. Note: Through 24 October, international travelers can provide proof of full vaccination in lieu of a COVID certificate to enter indoor venues (see below). According to the Swiss Tourism website:

  • All vaccinations on the European Medicine Agency (EMA) list are now recognized: Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca. Switzerland also recognizes mix & match of these vaccinations.
  • The Swiss federal government is working toward an electronic solution to convert foreign vaccination certificates into a Swiss COVID certificate. They plan to make this solution available beginning October 11, 2021. The cost of converting your proof of vaccination into a COVID certificate is expected to be 30 Swiss Francs to be paid by the applicant.
  • IMPORTANT: Until October 24th, 2021, a simple proof of vaccination (the document issued by your local authorities when vaccinated, or vaccination stamp in the yellow WHO booklet) will be sufficient to enter Swiss venues that mandate the Swiss COVID certificate. This means international travelers no longer need a COVID certificate to enter the conference venue – proof of full vaccination is sufficient.  Note: If you are planning to extend your stay in Switzerland past 24 October, you will need to invest in the Swiss COVID certificate per the above note. 

Rules and requirements for entry into Switzerland continue to be refined. We recommend that you bookmark the Swiss tourism website and check it for updates as your travel dates approach. Bookmark: https://corner.stnet.ch/trade-us/?page_id=5901

Please bring proof of vaccination with you to Switzerland. Proof for vaccinated persons can be provided in the form of a Swiss COVID certificate, an EU/EFTA COVID certificate, or other proof of vaccination such as (e.g., U.S. – CDC card / Canada – PHA letter). The vaccination proof must contain the following information: surname, first name, date of birth as well as date and place of vaccination and the vaccine used. Many airlines are requiring you to show this simply to board.

Entry Form Requirements

Travelers must complete the online form of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH. Please complete this Entry Form prior to boarding your flight and no earlier than 48 hours before departure.  Go to: https://swissplf.admin.ch/formular

Other Useful Links

  • The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health has information on health requirements for all travelers entering Switzerland.
  • Use Switzerland’s interactive travel check tool to help you determine if you can enter the country and under what circumstances. 
  • Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health Coronavirus website has links to detailed information about the situation in Switzerland, COVID certifications, and much more.

Yes. The ILA, in its care for the wellbeing of our participants, will put in place the following extra safety protocols at the conference: Physical distancing and mask wearing will both be encouraged in the conference center.

Each country has different entry requirements for returning home.  Please check into your country’s policies to see what you need.

For travelers returning to the U.S.A., you must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test no more than 3 days before you travel by air into the United States. More information for those traveling back to the USA, is available at:

If your country requires a negative COVID-19 test to return home, the Geneva Airport offers convenient COVID-19 tests with results in 15 minutes for travelers. You can learn more and book an appointment here prior to boarding your flight home.

Or, find an alternate testing location via this link

According to the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration, for short term stays, your travel documents must be valid for at least three months after the intended date of departure. So, if you’re planning to return home on 23 October, your travel documents must be good through the end of January 2022. 

According to the U.S. Department of State, passport services are currently delayed, and it may take up to 18 weeks to receive a passport. If you are trying to obtain a U.S. passport to travel to the conference, you should explore obtaining expedited service. 

About ILA’s HyFlex Conference Model

This year’s global conference takes what we’ve learned from past face-to-face global conferences and our 2020 live virtual global conference and puts them together into a unique HyFlex holistic model. HyFlex is not hybrid/blended. HyFlex is a consecutive in-person and then virtual event.

What is HyFlex?

From 20-23 October, live in-person events will be offered in Geneva including pre- and post-conference events, keynotes, and multiple presentation sessions. Note: You will need to travel to Geneva to access the in-person portion of the conference.  

On 24 October, we move into the live virtual realm with a new array of  sessions through 25 October. Note: You will need a laptop or desktop computer and high-speed Internet to access the virtual portion of the conference.

Why the HyFlex model?

It’s simple really. We know people are craving the opportunity to travel, meet in person, and take in unique offerings that can only be found in-person, in Geneva. We also know that many people may be unable to travel due to personal, organizational, or geographic reasons.

With these two facts in mind, ILA is leading the way in creating a HyFlex model that addresses the needs of ALL of our members while also providing greater opportunities for global participation.

Plenary sessions will be recorded and made available to all registrants after the conference.  

Other sessions will not be recorded.  Nothing will be streamed. 

If circumstances change, we are fully prepared to shift all of the keynotes and presentations scheduled from 21-23 October in Geneva to a live online delivery, becoming a fully virtual event – just as we did last year when we shifted from being in-person in San Francisco to a virtual event.  Please note that this does not apply to in-person pre- and post-conference workshops held on 20 October and the afternoon of 23 October. These special workshops will be cancelled if the conference becomes a completely virtual event. We will update all registrants as needed.

About Registration

Please complete this form about updating your conference registration.  Note: All changes are subject to a $10 processing fee. 

Please contact our conference team at Global2021@theILA.org for assistance.  

They will be able to invoice you and provide an easy way for your delegates to register themselves.

You must first register for the conference before you can receive a VISA letter from us. After you register, follow the confirmation instructions for requesting a VISA letter. 

If you register and are not able to receive a VISA, you may cancel your registration through 20 September or simply attend the virtual conference.