• NEXT EDITION
  • 19-23 OCT 2022
  • Lisbon, Portugal

For detailed information regarding travel to Porto, please check here https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal.

ALLOWED (Essential and non-essential travel)
Countries of the European Union, Schengen Associated countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland), Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, South Korea, United States of America, Jordan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay and special admnistrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao

For more information regarding Essential Travel, please check here https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal.

“Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

If your country of residence is listed under essential travel, here you can find a letter from the Municipality of Porto stating WOMEX as "essential travel". Please print this letter and carry it along with your WOMEX registration while travelling to Portugal.

Attending WOMEX can be classified as “Essential Travel” provided you submit official invitation / confirmation letters from the WOMEX team and/or our local partner AMG along with the proof of your registration and your conference, showcase or film invitation letters.

Regarding invitation letters from WOMEX, please see below.

  1. Controls might be undertaken upon arrival in Portugal airport.

  2. The test result must include:

    • type of test taken;
    • passenger name (as per passport);
    • date of birth;
    • clear identification of the laboratory including the certification;
    • the date and time the sample was collected and the explicit negative test result; SMS is not a valid format.
  3. Passengers who present tests that do not comply with the requirements must undergo a new test on arrival, before entering Portuguese territory, at their own expense, and must wait in a designated place, inside the airport, until the result is notified.

  4. If you are a foreigner visitor and want to do the test for COVID-19 shortly after arrival, before departure or at any time in mainland Portugal or Madeira you can do it:

    - at the Airport. Information at https://www.ana.pt/en/corporate/ana/faq;
    - in a laboratory approved by the Portuguese Health General Directorate. Find the list at https://www.ana.pt/en/corporate/ana/faq;
    - in one of the hospitals and clinics included in the Portugal Health Passport that can provide you personalized support in your language. The test for Covid-19 must be scheduled with a consultation and the results will be available in up to 72 hours. More information is available at test.covid19@portugalhealthpassport.com.
Arriving to Portugal by Road

No restrictions of entrance, except for citizens coming from India, Nepal, and South Africa in the last 14 days, only for essential travel:

  • Must comply 14-day quarantine period at home or at a place indicated by the health authorities;
  • Must register before entering the country at https://travel.sef.pt.

Arriving to Portugal by Train

No restrictions of entrance, except for citizens coming from India, Nepal, and South Africa in the last 14 days, only for essential travel:

  • Must comply 14-day quarantine period at home or at a place indicated by the health authorities;
  • Must register before entering the country at https://travel.sef.pt.

Arriving to Portugal by Sea
Same rules as arriving by air apply.

Quarantine does not apply to:

  • Passengers traveling on essential trips and whose period of stay in national territory, attested by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

For more information regarding “Essential Travel", please check here.

Yes, you can travel to Portugal. Please carry the original and official proof of your vaccination.

Even though you are vaccinated, depending on the country you fly from, you might be asked to present a RT-PCR Test (or similar NAAT test) - 72h before boarding, or Rapid Antigen Test - 48h before boarding the flight or to be allowed in Portugal. Also, best to check with your airline in advance, prior to taking the flight.

You can read the other requirements in the FAQs and the link below regarding necessary proof of a negative test to enter Portugal.

Please check here for details: https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

Yes, you can travel to Portugal.

In case you are not vaccinated, you will need to present a RT-PCR Test (or similar NAAT test) - 72h before boarding, or Rapid Antigen Test - 48h before boarding the flight and on arrival. Also, best to check with your airline in advance, prior to taking the flight.

Please check here for details: https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

If your country of residence is listed under essential travel, here you can find a letter from the Municipality of Porto stating WOMEX as "essential travel". Please print this letter and carry it along with your WOMEX registration while travelling to Portugal.

Please write an email to production@womex.com with subject line: Letter of Confirmation: Essential Travel

For more information regarding “Essential Travel, please check here.

Upon arrival in Portugal, you will be asked for:

We understand not everyone will be able to travel or attend WOMEX 21 onsite in Porto year.
Therefore, we are planning a few online Networking sessions which gives everyone a chance to connect, and network with the community. In the coming weeks we will release more information. Please subscribe to our newsletter to not miss out on these online sessions.

Portuguese government has been taking all necessary public health measures to protect the entire population as well as their visitors. COVID-19 measures in force may be reviewed in accordance to the evolution of the pandemic.

We suggest you to regularly visit these official websites as they are updated regularly:

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/PRT/7003
https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

WOMEX will follow the COVID-19 Regulations as put forward by the Portuguese government and the city of Porto. Therefore new elements to the hygiene concept might be added, subject to the developments of the pandemic.
COVID-19 Test Stations are available are over Porto city. Use this link to choose the location in Porto where you want to take your test: www.unilabs.pt/en/marcacoes-covid-19

Pre-Book Your COVID-19 Test
There will be a test station available on-site, outside the daytime venue: Alfândega do Porto. The cost of the tests will have to be self-paid. Self-tests are not permitted as evidence. If you would like to book or reserve your test in advance, use this link: https://covid19tests-womex21.youcanbook.me/

In order to ensure a safe event experience, only guests who have passed the COVID-19 safe entry control can access WOMEX 21 venues and attend events.
To ensure a safe experience for everyone attending, official vaccine certificates or EU Digital COVID Certificate with a final dose at least 14 days prior or a negative COVID-19 test will be required to participate onsite at WOMEX 21 in Porto. If official vaccine certificates cannot be provided, a valid negative Antigen test (also known as Rapid test) or a valid negative PCR test will have to be presented to access any of the WOMEX 21 venues.

  • Upon arrival at the Daytime venue Alfadenga, the validity of the EU Digital COVID Certificate, or the equivalent official vaccine certificate or valid PCR test or COVID-19 rapid antigen test will be checked. Once approved, guests will be issued a Festival Wristband which will give you access to the WOMEX venues as long as your negative tests are valid.
  • Depending on the kind of test you undertook and its validity, you will be required to renew the tests at your own costs in Porto each time after the validity has expired to access any of the WOMEX 21 venues.
  • Rapid antigen test will be available at a Test station outside of the Daytime venue Alfadenga. The cost towards these tests will have to be self-borne.
  • Masks are obligatory in all WOMEX 21 indoor venues and can be removed only while seated. We strongly recommend wearing FFP2 masks to maximize the safety of all participants.
  • If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, during the WOMEX event, the attendee must quarantine at their expense. Piranha Arts or AMG Music will not bear any costs.
  • Hand sanitising stations are available on site.
  • Push notifications, voice announcements and information screens remind visitors to follow safety precautions.
Please note: WOMEX will follow the COVID-19 Regulations as put forward by the Portuguese government and the city of Porto. Therefore new elements to the hygiene concept might be added, subject to the developments of the pandemic.
Yes. Masks are obligatory in all WOMEX 21 indoor venues and can be removed only while seated. We strongly recommend wearing FFP2 masks to maximize the safety of all participants.
No, you do not need EU Digital COVID Certificate as long as you carry the proof of EMA approved vaccinations or a negative antigen test or PCR test report. Here is the information on EMA approved vaccines.

Depending on the kind of test you undertook and its validity, you will be required to renew the tests at your own costs in Porto each time after the validity has expired to access any of the WOMEX 21 venues. But, if you are an EU Citizen or a Resident, we highly recommend you to get The EU Digital COVID Certificate.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate is accepted from 1 July at European border services, facilitate free movement of EU citizens and Residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a digital proof that a person:
  • Has been vaccinated against COVID-19, or
  • Has received a negative test result (NAAT test or Rapid Antigen test), or
  • Has recovered from COVID-19.
Check here to learn more about the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

Please note: If you are not an EU Citizen or a Resident, you cannot get a EU Digital COVID Certificate. Instead, you would be required to carry the original and official proof of your vaccination as it is also accepted to enter WOMEX 21 venues.

Here are the common questions regarding the EU Digital COVID Certificate.
There will be a test station in front of the daytime venue Alfandega where rapid-tests and PCR tests can be undertaken at your own costs. Alternatively, you can get tested in other test centers spread across the Porto city. More information will be available onsite regarding the test centers in Porto at our info counter in Alfandega (Daytime venue).

Also, please don’t forget to check in advance whether and if you need a test for the flight and/or arrival in your home or destination country.

COVID-19 Test Stations are available are over Porto city. Use this link to choose the location in Porto where you want to take your test: www.unilabs.pt/en/marcacoes-covid-19

Pre-Book Your COVID-19 Test
There will be a test station available on-site, outside the daytime venue: Alfândega do Porto. The cost of the tests will have to be self-paid. Self-tests are not permitted as evidence. If you would like to book or reserve your test in advance, use this link: https://covid19tests-womex21.youcanbook.me/

No. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no food can be allowed to be distributed in the Expo area.
In October 2021, WOMEX will make its debut in Portugal, in the city of Porto. Together with WOMEX's parent company Piranha Arts, WOMEX 21 will be realised with AMG Music as the main local partner.

Porto city flaunts an extensive history, breath-taking tourist attractions, and an exciting nightlife. It is the main city in the north of Portugal, and the name 'Porto' itself influenced the name of the country 'Portugal'. Located along the Douro River estuary, it has a unique atmosphere with elegant neighbourhoods and large villas sitting on narrow cobbled streets.

For travel and venue information, please see here.
The Call for Proposals for the Showcase Concerts, Conference and Film programmes, inviting artists, speakers and filmmakers is now closed. Each year, our international, independent jury, the Seven Samurai, review each proposal and from them select the official WOMEX programme.
Please note that WOMEX is unable to cover any fees, travel expenses or other costs. Please consider the financing of your trip to WOMEX in Porto carefully and what support or funding you have. Possible sources for funding in your case might be:
  • National Music Export Offices
  • Foundations of Collecting Societies
  • National Cultural Institutes

Here you can find useful information on MIP (Mobility Information Points) compiled by On the Move. Please note that WOMEX is not responsible for the content. In case of interest please contact the specific MIP of your country or area independently. More information here.
The registrations for WOMEX 21 in Porto are now open. To stay up to date with developments, please subscribe to our newsletter here.
Journalists play a vital role in the dissemination of music and in keeping the important discourse on this art form alive. WOMEX acknowledges this by offering a reduced rate to media professionals, subject to approval.

If you are a delegate who will attend WOMEX first and foremost in your role as a journalist or as a professional involved in the editorial work of a music media company, you are invited to register for our special Media Rate. Simply complete the delegate registration as normal, and check the "Media registration" box when you are entering your personal delegate data – about half way through the registration process – and send a copy of your press credentials to registration@womex.com. After confirmation from our communications department, you will be granted the discounted Media Rate registration price.

First wave of WOMEX 21 Programme is already out, please use the dropdown menu above on 'Programme' to browse. In the coming weeks we will releasing more programme, please subscribe to our newsletter here. and follow us on social media to receive regular updates and notifications.
Thanks to our local partner, AMG Music, we have an initial list of hotels that are offering a special discounted rate. Please check here for more details.
Delegate registration encompasses all five days of the event, and single day tickets are not available. Entrance to the WOMEX Trade Fair, Conference, Films, Opening and Award ceremony is reserved for WOMEX delegates who have registered for the full five-day event.

However, if you are not a WOMEX delegate or want to bring someone who is not a WOMEX delegate, you can purchase single tickets from the limited number of tickets avilable for the public including nighttime concerts and films. We will be releasing more information soon. Sign up to our newsletter and follow us on social media to get instant notifications.
If spouses/partners do not wish to register for the full WOMEX event, they can purchase single tickets from the limited number of tickets available for public (please see question above).
For the current state of affairs regarding access to the EU, carnets, work permits, visa and more please visit:
The UK Government official website
Additionally helpful info can be found at www.ukeartswork.info/, including a series on YouTube by Ian Smith of Frusion.
Here you can find the VAT rules for delegates from the UK.

For questions regarding VAT for exhibitors/stand bookings from the UK please get in touch with registration@womex.com.
To encourage participation and help delegates plan their schedules and meetings prior, we regularly update Who is coming list with all confirmed delegates attending. You can use virtualWOMEX to search for companies or individual delegates and to set up meetings with other delegates ahead of WOMEX.
All registered delegates of WOMEX will get a free one-year virtualWOMEX account. VirtualWOMEX is your online gateway to the world music community: you can present your company and artists, connect with other delegates, and much more.

virtualWOMEX is also open to those not registered for WOMEX – On payment of a fee (48 Euro) all interested parties can register for virtualWOMEX or extend their existing account without participating in WOMEX itself. Please do this through our virtualWOMEX registration form.

For more information about virtualWOMEX, visit the virtualWOMEX FAQ or contact virtual@womex.com.
Your virtualWOMEX logins are valid for one year from your date of purchase. To login, please visit: www.womex.com/virtual/.
If you purchased a virtualWOMEX membership, it is valid for one year from date of purchase. Many conference sessions and virtual showcases are available for re-streaming with new content being uploaded throughout the year. Head here to watch On Demand: www.womex.com/virtual/media.
Full information on how to arrange delivery of goods and packages for your WOMEX stand is available on the Register and Book a Stand page. Should you have any questions, please contact production@womex.com.
Please contact us before the event at registration@womex.com if you have any special access needs, to make your time at WOMEX as easy as possible. Fully-registered disabled delegates may be accompanied by their Personal Assistant (carer) free of charge.
If you plan to register on-site on Thursday, you may attend the Opening Concert on Wednesday. Staff at the Opening venue will request that you provide them with ID.
WOMEX will launch a 'Make the Most of WOMEX' page ahead of the event to offer useful tips.
It is possible to share a stand or become part of an umbrella stand at WOMEX. For further information please contact production@womex.com.
Exhibitors must not sell any merchandise at their stands.
Sunday marks the end of five days full of music, business and friendly networking at WOMEX. Join us for our Networking Breakfast, courtesy of WOMEX, and the celebratory WOMEX Award ceremony (delegates only!) on Sunday.
Each delegate will receive one copy of the WOMEX Guide in their delegate bag, distributed on arrival. Additional copies of the WOMEX Guide may be purchased at the Registration Counter for a fee of 25€, subject to availability.

If you wish to purchase copies of the WOMEX Guide from previous editions, please contact partnership@womex.com.
International English is the lingua franca of the professional music community in general, the world music community in particular and the WOMEX choice for successful interaction.