Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result is required for all attendees. In lieu of a test result, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will suffice. Mask recommendations will follow current
CDC recommendations, and people may choose to mask at any time.
These requirements may change, so please check back as the event approaches. See below for frequently asked questions and definitions for showing proof of a negative test or vaccination.
SPIE and our event partners aim to provide a safe event for all attendees. All event participants are expected to understand and follow the safe event requirements outlined below.
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.
Negative test or vaccination required at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing
All registered attendees and exhibitors are required to provide:
Enhanced sanitation measures will be taken throughout the event:
How we can all help
We encourage you to get tested if required for travel, have known exposure, or have symptoms following CDC guidelines.
Traveling to the United States
For information about traveling to the United States, please visit the Hotel and Travel page.
Two types of Negative COVID-19 tests are acceptable: polymerase chain reaction referred to as "PCR" (also called diagnostic or molecular), or rapid antigen test (also referred to as a "rapid test").
Results of the tests must be no earlier than 24 hours for rapid antigen test and 48 hours for PCR test taken, before entering the event.
Examples of acceptable proof of negative test include:
An individual is considered fully vaccinated:
If you don’t meet these requirements, you are not considered fully vaccinated.
Booster shots are not currently required to be considered fully vaccinated.
*For the purpose of interpreting vaccination records for travel to the United States, CDC will accept combinations of accepted COVID-19 vaccines.
Proof of negative COVID-19 test (24 hours for rapid antigen test and 48 hours for PCR test taken) is required before entering the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. If no test result is provided, then a proof of vaccination with ID is mandatory to enter the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. Vaccines authorized to prevent COVID-19 by the US FDA or by the World Health Organization (WHO) will also satisfy the requirements for entry.
Examples of acceptable vaccination proof include: