Health and safety for SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation

Prepare for the upcoming event. This information is monitored and will be updated as needed. Last update: 1 June 2022

Together, we can ensure a safe and successful event

According to the City of Montréal and Travel Canada, proof of vaccination will not be required for any activities except travel. Attendees are encouraged but not required to wear a medical mask during the meeting.

These requirements may change, so please check back as the event approaches.

Woman in the convention center follows safety procedures by wearing a mask

SPIE safe meeting protocols

SPIE works with applicable public health authorities and takes guidance that provides the most safety for our attendees. This page will be kept up to date as any requirements change.


Enhanced sanitation measures will be taken throughout the event

  • Masks and hand sanitizers will be widely available for free.
  • Conference rooms will allow for social distancing to the extent possible.
  • Read the Palais's health and safety protocol

How we can all help

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Respect the personal space and comfort level of others
  • Do not attend if you are not feeling well
  • Be prepared and have a plan to quarantine if it is needed, following guidelines from Travel Canada

We encourage you to get tested if required for travel, have known exposure, or have symptoms for COVID-19. 


Traveling to Canada

For information about traveling to Canada, please visit the Hotel and Travel page.


Testing for return travel plans

View a list of COVID-19 testing locations in Montréal to help you make your return travel plans easier. 

Walk-in Covid-19 tests - 12 locations available

Private Covid-19 tests