With more than 80% of the city being vaccinated, plus 100% of people inside the Moscone Center being vaccinated, we hope you’ll feel confident joining your community in January for SPIE Photonics West.
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
This page reflects current rules and expectations and will be kept up to date as any requirements change.
Health and safety: what to expect at SPIE Photonics West
As an event with more than 1,000 attendees taking place in San Francisco, Photonics West will comply with the San Francisco mandate COVID-19 Health Order C19-07y
Expectations for all attendees:
Enhanced sanitation measures will be taken throughout the event:
Proof of vaccination
Proof of vaccination with ID is mandatory to enter the Moscone Center. Vaccines authorized to prevent COVID-19 by the US FDA or by the World Health Organization (WHO) will satisfy the City of San Francisco requirements.
Examples of acceptable vaccination proof include:
Booster shots are not required to be considered vaccinated. A negative COVID test is not a replacement for a COVID vaccination. Exemptions are not accepted.
When you arrive at the Moscone Center
SPIE has chosen an entry and proof of vaccination protocol that balances safety and convenience. Proof of vaccination and ID will be checked at the door. After showing proof, you may proceed to the registration area to pick up your badge. Signs will be posted with instructions, and we ask for your patience as we move people into the building.
Tips to be prepared and expedite your entrance:
Room 114, North Lobby
Saturday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Moscone West, First Aid Office (entrance near Howard Street)
Sunday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
SPIE has arranged with CrowdRx to provide COVID testing.
International travelers should check with their airline to determine testing requirements before their departure flight.
Results will be sent by email within 12-24 hours. If you have a positive test result, CrowdRx will provide further information and locations for follow-up testing.
Find other testing locations
The City of San Francisco recommends that any time you feel sick or have a known exposure, get tested. You can find a map of free and paid testing options throughout the city.
How we can all help
We encourage you to get tested if required for travel, have known exposure, or have symptoms following CDC and San Francisco Public Health guidelines. To help us share information, please use our online reporting form and let us know if you test positive for COVID during or within the five days following your attendance of either Photonics West or AR|VR|MR.
Traveling to the United States
For information on traveling to the United States, please visit the Hotel and Travel page.
What to expect when out and about in San Francisco
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.
Per San Francisco guidelines, currently there are no exemptions available for anyone attending large events—including chairs, presenters, attendees, and exhibitors. All participants must be vaccinated.
Per San Francisco guidelines, a negative COVID-19 test will not meet the requirements to attend. All participants must be vaccinated.
Photonics West 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 dates for first dose of two-dose vaccine||18-22 December|
|Last date to receive one-dose vaccine or second dose of two-dose vaccine||8 January|
|First date of event||22 January|