Welcome to the Antwerp Convention!
COVID-19 has shaken the foundations of the textiles, apparel and fashion industry. Global supply chains have been disrupted, retailers are restructuring their sourcing options, consumer behaviour is changing. At the same time, public authorities are introducing new environmental standards, and digitalisation is rapidly changing the nature of our business.
To understand above mentioned trends and address its impact on our industry, the International Apparel Federation (IAF) and the European Confederation of Apparel and Textiles (EURATEX) have decided to organise a double convention:
- the 36th IAF World Fashion Convention on 7-8 November
- the 9th European Textiles and Apparel Convention on 8-9 November
IAF and EURATEX cordially invite representatives from the industry, but also public authorities, NGOs and academia to join us in Antwerp, to provide an answer to these challenges, but also to meet again – after so much time – to share ideas and develop new business opportunities.
Both events will take place in the beautiful city of Antwerp, Belgium, in the same venue (the Hilton Antwerp City Centre), thus allowing participants to benefit from that back-to-back programme, if they wish so.
On this website, you will find details on the IAF and EURATEX programs as well as practical information to register and book your hotel.
Let’s meet again, on 7-9 November in Antwerp!
COVID-19 Measures in Belgium and for Entering Belgium
Of course, organizing a physical event in 2021 is not without its COVID-19 related challenges. Fortunately, in terms of restrictions in place for events in Belgium, as of October 1st, for all indoor events featuring less than 500 people, there will be very few. No social distancing or the use of masks is needed. However, to ensure every delegates safety and feeling of well-being, we are ensuring that the conference rooms are well ventilated. Air quality will be monitored. And we are expecting that our delegates, in exercising consideration of their fellow delegates, are only entering the conference rooms either fully vaccinated, with a recent negative Covid-19 test result or proof of recovery.
In terms of travel restrictions, the situation is a little more complicated. If you are not a Belgian resident but you are from one of the 27 EU countries, Switzerland or one of the few countries on Belgium’s white list, travelers with a valid Covid Certificate travel freely to Belgium. No test upon arrival nor quarantine are required. Turkish Covid Certificates are also recognized, but the catch is that Belgium only recognizes Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca-Vaxceria-Covishield or Johnson&Johnson vaccines.
Most countries outside of Europe are on the Belgium’s red list and fully vaccinated delagates travelling from these countries need to proof this with a recognized vaccination certificate and a negative test certificate (test taken max. 72 hours before arrival). If both are available no quarantine is needed, but again the catch is that only the above mentioned vaccines are accepted. If these requirements can’t be met, the only other option aside from a long quarantine is to stay for less than 48 hours in Belgium. Belgium might move to accept more vaccines, but as of yet, this is not the case.
To prepare well for your journey, we highly recommend the website: https://www.meetinflanders.com/en/covid-19-info/ And of course, please don’t hesitate to ask IAF/EURATEX for information and support.