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All the COVID-19 measures and recommendations to plan your events in Bordeaux.


Events and establishments

Due to the current situation, exceptional measures have been put in place to avoid the spread of the coronavirus over the following months.

Meetings up to 1,000 people are prohibited. For these events, only seated catering is allowed.  

Leisure facilities, such as casinos, parks, beaches, museums, wellness facilities but also restaurants, hotels and venues are now open, also in appliance with strict health and safety measures (as mentioned below).

Transportation and entry restrictions

From June 15, people from European countries (Member States of the European Union as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican) are able to enter French territory without restrictions. Some airlines can ask for a test if you come from a high-risk area.

Bordeaux Airport is currently preparing for the gradual resumption of air traffic. In the airport, passengers are asked to observe the safety distance of 1 metre and to wear a facemask in any parts of airport terminal buildings as well as on any airport buses and shuttle. All flights are operated from Hall A.
See the health measures at the airport

As for the train, travel restrictions are now lifted. To allow you to travel in complete safety, SNCF has continued to implement exceptional and reinforced health measures in stations and on board trains in accordance with government directives.

Social distancing and the facemask are compulsory for those over 11 years of age on all public transport. Traffic is normal on the bus and tram network in the metropole.

Health and safety measures

A national protocol implements health and safety measures for each sector of the events and tourism industry. We have compiled them all to ensure that all our partners have the complete information needed. 

It includes recommendations on:

  • the use of prevention, protection, cleaning and disinfection equipments
  • a specific procedure for cleaning and disinfecting
  • easy-to-apply protective measures (social distancing of 1 meter between people, use of facemasks, to wash hands frequently with soap or disinfect them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, to cough or sneeze into a single-use paper handkerchief or into the crook of an elbow).
  • team trainings
  • a specific procedure in case of suspected contamination

The use of facemark is compulsory in enclosed public areas, in companies and in Bordeaux city centre.

Bordeaux Events has established a set of sanitary rules and guidelines for hosting your events at their 5 venues (Exhibition Centre, Palais 2 l'Atlantique, Congress Centre, Cité Mondiale Convention Centre, Hangar 14).

The International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC), the Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) have edited a guide to help convention and exhibition centres, event and congress organizers prepare for a smooth, safe reopening of business.
➡️ Consult the guide

People who have travelled in high-risk areas are asked to remain vigilant about any eventual symptoms. It is advisable to check your temperature twice a day. It is necessary to self-quarantine if you have been in contact with someone who has already been infected by the virus.

If you have temperature or feel feverish, have a cough or finding difficult breathing: quickly contact the SAMU on 15 (French emergency medical services) indicating your recent journey or 112. Do not immediately go to the doctor’s or to the hospital. You can also contact the information line of the ministry on 0800 130 000 (free call).

Facilitate postponing events thanks to a close collaboration between hotels and venues

We have created an online collaborative platform in which hotels fill their occupancy rates for 2020 and 2021. Venues and congress centres can consult this platform in real time and postpone events accordingly. 

Postponed events

  • Robocup: 22-28 June 2021, Palais 2 l’Atlantique, 4,000 participants
  • 32nd Codex Alimentarius Sessions: 8-12 February 2021, Pullman Hotel, 200 participants
  • 68th Congress of the French Society of Oral Surgery: 27-29 May 2021, Cité Mondiale Congress Centre, 250 participants
  • 41th GFHGNP Meeting (Hepatology Gastroenterology and Pediatric Nutrition): 15-17 October 2020, Cité Mondiale Congress Centre, 500 participants
  • Bordeaux International Fair: 7-15 November 2020, Exhibition Centre
  • World Table Tennis Veterans Championship: 26 April - 2nd May 2021, Exhibition Centre, 6,000 participants
  • International Symposium on Adjuvants for Agrochemicals: 17-21 May 2021, Congress Centre, 400 participants
  • National Congress of the French Association of Ambulatory Pediatrics: 12-14 November 2020, 400 participants
  • International Conference on Medicial Chemistry: 79 July 2021, Congress Centre, 250 participants
  • Conference of the International Poultry Council: 6-9 October 2020, Radisson Blu Hotel, 100 participants
  • 81th Meeting of the French National Society of Internal Medicine: 23-25 juin 2021, Congress Centre, 1,000 participants
  • International Motoneuron Society meeting: 7-10 June 2021, Bordeaux University, 250 participants
  • National Nurse Forum: 9-10 March 2021, Palais de la Bourse, 500 participants 
  • 34th COBATY Meeting: 16-18 September 2021, Congress Centre, 1,200 participants
  • Grand Litier Meeting: 6-8 June 2021, Cité Mondiale Congress Centre, 220 participants
  • French and European Training Days in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery: 15-17 December 2020, Congress Centre, 1,000 participants
  • Congrès GIPHAR (group of independent pharmacists): 13-14 March 2021, Congress Centre, 1,000 participants
  • 9th National Days of the French Federation of Health Homes and Poles: 31 May - 1st June 2021, Congress Centre, 1,200 participants
  • International Motoneuron Society meeting:  7-10 June 2021, Bordeaux University, 250 participants
  • National Nurse Forum: 9-10 March 2021, Palais de la Bourse, 500 participants 
  • Electric Road: 14-16 June 2021,Palais 2 l’Atlantique, 1000 participants