Plant Based World Expo is working closely with the Javits Center, New York City  and the State of New York to create the safest experience possible for all attendees, exhibitors, and guests.  The following policies are as of September 13, 2021 and they will be updated as new guidance becomes available.

September 13, 2021:  Per the latest health and safety mandates from the State of New York, New York City and the Javits Center, ALL Plant Based World participants will be required to show digital or physical proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear masks except while eating and drinking.   We thank you for your support ensuring a safe, memorable and productive Plant Based World Expo 2021.

Proof of Vaccination

Proof of vaccination will be required of all individuals that plan to attend Plant Based World Expo.

  • Individuals must show digital or physical proof of vaccination at access points to the Javits Center.
  • Individuals must have received atleast one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine that is FDA approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO.

Learn more about the vaccine policy in the FAQ Section below. 

Masks Required

Masks are required to be worn by all individuals except while eating and drinking. This includes attendees, exhibitors, vendors and PBW staff. 

Learn more about the mask policy in the FAQ Section below.



Proof of Vaccination FAQs

What type of Covid-19 vaccination is required for entry into the Javits Center?

Digital or physical Proof of Vaccination may include:

  • NYC Covid Safe App: Android | iOS RECOMMENDED

  • Excelsior Pass (for NY residents only)

  • NYC Vaccination Record

  • CDC Vaccination Card or Photo

  • An official immunization record from outside NYC or the US

If showing a Vaccination Card, either your physical card or a digital image on your smart phone will be accepted.  If showing a digital image, please also have a photo ID available for verification.

I am an international attendee. What proof of vaccination is accepted for attendees from outside the US?

If you received the Covid-19 vaccine outside the US, you must have an official immunization record that includes:

  • First name and last name

  • Date of Birth

  • Vaccine product name (only vaccines authorized by the WHO are acceptable)

  • Date(s) administered

  • Site where the vaccine was administered, or name of the person who administered it

My international Proof of Vaccination card administered by my home country does not include the site where the vaccination was administered or the name(s) of the person who administered. Will my provided vaccination proof be accepted for entry?

PBW will accept official Government-issued vaccination cards. Only vaccines authorized by the WHO (World Health Organization) are acceptable.

My home country accepted Astra Zeneca as an emergency form of vaccination. Will this be accepted as a form of vaccination?

Yes, since Astra Zeneca was authorized for emergency use, it will be acceptable.

What do I need to bring with me to show proof of vaccination?

You may bring a digital or physical copy of your vaccination record to be verified at the Javits Center Health Check upon entry into the facility.

Is there a Health App I can use to provide proof of vaccination?

Yes, there are several options that you can use, and all are accepted but PBW recommends using the NYC Covid Safe App: Android | iOS-RECOMMENDED

Where can I find the NYC Covid Safe App?

Download the app at these links. Android | iOS

How will the vaccination process work upon entry into the Javits Center?

Vaccination Check points will be located at entry points to the Javits Center. Upon entry, you will be asked to provide your proof of vaccination to a show security team. Once you are verified, you will be provided a wristbrand to wear while you are at the show. You will then be allowed entry into the facility.

I will need to schedule a PCR covid test before returning to my home country, does PBW offer testing services? If not, can you provide locations close to the Center that may offer such services?

PBW will not have testing available on-site but there are several testing options in the Manhattan Area near the Javits Center. This link includes a few options in the area: NYC/Manhattan Testing Options

Will entry into the Javits Center be granted to individuals that may have medical or non-medical reasons for not getting a Covid-19 vaccination, but are able to provide a negative Covid test?

Due to the current requirements in the City of NYC and State of New York, all PBW attendees must be vaccinated. No exceptions are provided at this time.

Mask FAQs

What type of masks are acceptable?

Masks should have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric. Two- or three-layer disposable medical masks are acceptable.

Is there a specific way I must wear my mask while inside the Javits Center?

Masks must be placed over your nose and mouth and secured under your chin.

Are there any additional recommendations about masks?

It is recommended to have a face mask that includes a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask

Are Gaiters an acceptable mask form?

Gaiters will be allowed but not recommended – ALL gaiters should be made with two layers OR fold to make two layers.

Will masks be provided at PBW?

PBW will have a supply of 3-ply disposable masks located at Registration if you misplace, forget, or lose your mask.

May I remove my mask while on the show floor to taste food samples or enjoy food and beverages?

You may only remove your mask on the PBW show floor for the purpose of tasting food and beverages. Once you have enjoyed your beverage and/or food item, we ask that you please wear your mask.

Will speakers and presenters be wearing masks on-site and within conference sessions?

Speakers are required to wear masks unless on stage presenting. Speakers are not required to wear masks when presenting or while participating on panels. Social distancing will be maintained between the speaker and attendees.