Traveling to China
We will continue to provide updates on the 2020 Annual Meeting on this page. We encourage you to check back periodically for the most recent information.
March 20, 2020
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have continued to monitor the evolving global situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) for impacts to our delegates, speakers, partners, volunteers, staff, and many other key stakeholders. As part of our commitment to keeping our stakeholder community fully informed, the Board of Directors requests the following 2020 Annual Meeting status update be communicated.
Based on the balance of the evidence before the Board, and with the strong support of our local hosts, HTAi has determined the 2020 Annual Meeting can no longer safely proceed as planned in June; the health and safety of our stakeholders was paramount in arriving at this decision.
We appreciate your support and understanding while additional contingency plans are finalized and HTAi continues to investigate options to deliver our valuable services to our members. For additional opportunities to stay involved with HTAi, visit htai.org.
The HTAi Board will provide supplementary communications on or before April 10, 2020.
February 27, 2020
HTAi is aware of the global concerns regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as well as evolving public health and travel advisories.
The HTAi Board has reviewed contingency plans and determined to continue with planning for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Beijing at this time. The safety and security of our stakeholders remains paramount, and we will continue to closely monitor the situation for impact to our delegates, speakers, partners, staff, and volunteers. The HTAi Board will provide supplementary communications on or before March 20, 2020.
HTAi has been working with our local hosts, Fudan University and China National Health Development Research Centre (CNHDRC), over the past two years with the goal of expanding our ability to mobilize and strengthen the global HTA community. Despite local logistical challenges due to isolation infringements as a result of the outbreak, all parties remain committed to this goal and are seeking solutions to make the conference successful.
HTAi continues to encourage our stakeholders to review the advice of their local authorities. In recognition of current barriers to travel, the Early Bird Deadline for registration will be extended to April 20, 2020, giving delegates more flexibility in determining their travel arrangements.
The Annual Meeting refund policy remains in effect; however, HTAi confirms it will offer a full refund on registration to any delegates who are prevented from attending the Annual Meeting due to COVID-19.
Entry into China
Visitors/delegates outside of China may be required to obtain a visitor’s visa if necessary. Delegates and speakers are encouraged to seek the guidance of their local authorities when making travel plans.
If a visa letter is requested during the registration process, a standardized invitation letter is produced upon completion of your registration. If you have additional requirements for your visa invitation letter, please directly contact the HTAi Secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org.