Committed to the industry. Committed to you.

By all signs, the Air Traffic Management industry is eager and excited to be back together in person. World ATM Congress looks forward to welcoming you in person back to Madrid on October 26-28.

For our part, we are committed to bringing the ATM community safely and successfully back together. We can promise that you’ll reap the benefits ATM professionals have come to expect: timely, actionable education delivered by industry experts; the newest-generation ATM technology to qualify and compare; and an unparalleled opportunity to make and foster valuable connections.

World ATM Congress is committed to the health and safety of our members, customers, partners, speakers, and staff. Be sure to view our Health and Safety Protocols adopted from recommendations and rules issued from public health officials, national, regional, local authorities, and venues. Please note these Health and Safety Protocols are subject to change and will be updated when they occur.

Health and Safety Protocols

It is our goal to create spaces where businesses and people can connect, learn, and grow. We believe these comprehensive standards will allow us to do so safely and securely. Please be sure to check back for updates.


Spanish Government Requirements:

  • Masks must always worn indoors
  • Social distancing must be observed
  • People must be seated when eating or drinking

IFEMA Requirements:

  • Temperature checks
  • Specific requirements for handing out/receiving brochures, other material
  • Enhanced ventilation

World ATM Congress Requirements:

  • If you are not fully vaccinated, a negative Covid-19 test will be required with a test date no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival at World ATM Congress
  • World ATM Congress will provide enhanced cleaning of high traffic areas.
  • Contactless registration
Detailed Information

Physical Distancing

Physical contact restriction

Participants should avoid physical contact including handshakes, hugs, and limit the distribution and exchange of printed materials and booth swag.

Contactless registration
“To minimize crowds at registration. Pre-registration is required before arriving at World ATM Congress, Registration is open 24/7 before and during the event. Pre-register and bring your printed or electronic QR code to World ATM Congress to expedite your entry and minimize unnecessary contact. On-site support will be available for those needing assistance.

Social distancing
IFEMA will provide a recommendation for density on the expo hall floor. Participants should take note of signage regarding traffic flow, entrances, and exits. Meetings and conference rooms will also ensure seating is spaced according to local distancing regulations.

Handing out brochures and other documents

Brochures, commercial documents and any other documentation handed out by exhibiting companies may only be distributed by authorised staff from the stand and only when the visitor requests the material. Until the material is handed out, it must be stored and accessible solely to the aforementioned personnel, who will hand it out pursuant to the hygiene and preventive measures established in these regulations.

Cleaning and Hygiene

Enhanced cleaning
Our team will work closely with IFEMA to ensure continuous sanitization of our event spaces, including restrooms, door handles, food service areas, conference room tables, AV equipment, and common areas. Exhibitors will be encouraged to disinfect their booths frequently .

Hand sanitation
Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the event space, along with signage to promote their use.

Food and beverage
All participants must be seated when consuming food and beverages. The cafeterias in the back of the expo hall, food trucks, and World ATM Congress’s official caterer Life Gourmet will be open and serving participants during our event. Food services will be modified as needed to meet all Health and Safety Protocols. Such modifications may include, but not limited to, maximum of 6 people at a table incorporating social distancing, Individual serving portions, elimination of self-service, and enforcement of seating rules when consuming food and beverage.

Bar services and stand-up cocktail-type events associated with trade fair activity are not allowed.

Air quality and ventilation
Among the systems implemented by IFEMA MADRID to guarantee safety and hygiene in its facilities, periodic ventilation tasks will be undertaken within the facilities 3 times per hour. This action has been taken to guarantee air quality and environmental hygiene, according to the study by the Spanish Technical Association of HVAC and Refrigeration (Atecyr), based on information from the scientific community and the recommendations of the World Health Organization:

  • Excess ventilation
  • Elimination of air recirculation
  • Filtration systems

Protect and Detect

Face coverings
Based on local health authority rules, participants must wear a Spanish health approved medical face mask covering their nose and mouth when indoors, on public transportation and outdoors when there are crowds. Please make sure you bring an approved mask with you to World ATM Congress. Should you forget your mask, or your mask does not meet Spanish health authorities requirements, World ATM Congress will provide a mask. Coverings will not be needed outdoors as long as a social distance of 1.5 meters from different social bubbles is respected.

Temperature checks
Every participant in World ATM Congress will be subject to temperature checks upon their entrance to IFEMA. Persons refusing to have their temperatures measured will be denied access to the event.

No one whose temperature is equal to or greater than 37.5° will be allowed to access the event. If the person’s temperature is 37.5° or higher when first measured, the person will be invited to be seen by IFEMA's emergency medical service, where available, who will take it a second time. If the emergency medical service is not available, the second and final control will be repeated at the same place where the first was carried out, applying the same criteria.

At peak arrival times, health personnel will be located at the main entrances to carry out these controls immediately, as indicated above. To this end, private spaces will be provided to examine people discreetly.

The access control system for IFEMA MADRID sites does not keep any records of health data.

Covid-19 Testing
If you are attending WATMC, we strongly encourage you to be fully vaccinated upon your arrival. If you are not vaccinated, you will be asked to take a Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to your arrival at WATMC and provide a negative result to be credentialed for the event. WATMC is looking at arranging testing facilities on-site at IFEMA.

Onsite COVID Testing Office - A5.1 & A5.2 (Near Hall 5)
• Monday, 25 October: 14.00 - 18.00
• Tuesday, 26 October: 8.00 - 16.00
• Wednesday, 27 October: 8.30 - 15.00
• Thursday 28 October: 9.00 - 13.00
Cost: 35 Euros

First Aid
IFEMA has a staffed medical office located between Halls 9 and 7 on level 1. The office will be open during all buildout, public, and teardown times.

Staff training
IFEMA staff and security, along with World ATM Congress staff and key vendor staff will be trained on our Incident Response Plan.


Pre-event communication

World ATM Congress will provide a series of email communications to all participants with detailed information about what to expect at the event. We encourage participants to provide their mobile number during registration to facilitate on-site communications.

Contact tracing
Should it become necessary, we will work with local authorities who will trace and contact participants, subject to local privacy guidelines.



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