COVID-19 FAQ

WE ARE COMMITTED TO YOUR SAFETY

At all San Diego Comic Convention events, the health and safety of our stakeholders is our main priority, and because of this we will continue to implement policies and protocols based on state/local health guidelines and public health recommendations as we prepare for Comic-Con on July 21-24, 2022. As the COVID-19 situation continues to be one that is constantly changing, we will continue to assess the evolving public health guidance regarding large gatherings and adapt accordingly. We encourage every individual to make informed decisions about attending our events in the best interest of their own health as well as the health of others. We will continue to update these policies and protocols as needed, so be sure to check this page often for the most up-to-date information.

In an effort to create a gathering that accommodates our stakeholders safely, in addition to following current healthcare and governmental guidelines, everyone attending Comic-Con will be required to wear an approved face covering regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings should completely cover the nose and mouth, fit snugly against the sides of the face, and not have any gaps. For more information and requirements on acceptable face coverings, please click here.

In addition to wearing an approved face covering, you will be required to provide verification of full COVID-19 vaccination status or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours. SDCC reserves the right to modify requirements or limits for attending or participating in activities.

Please note: these policies apply to all attendee groups, including but not limited to exhibitors, guests, staff, press, professionals, volunteers, and cosplayers. Be aware that adjustments may need to be made to policies and guidelines during the event in order to ensure the health and safety of all attendee groups, so we ask that everyone follow the directions on informational signage and from all staff.

We recommend that you review any guidelines or restrictions for travel to the city and state of the event as well as travel to the US. That information is available here and here. For specific information concerning the convention center policies please visit the San Diego Convention Center.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is another great resource and we encourage you to visit this site often for up-to-date information on preventative measures.

We are excited to gather again after such a long hiatus. But we want to be sure everyone who attends is as safe as possible. We will continue to update our website as new information becomes available, so be sure to check this page often for the most up-to-date protocols.

We look forward to seeing you at Comic-Con in July!

 

We are working to provide a safe and enjoyable event and trust that all attendee groups, including but not limited to exhibitors, guests, staff, press, professionals, volunteers, and cosplayers will do so as well. Please be aware that adjustments may need to be made to these policies and guidelines prior to and during the event in order to ensure the health and safety of all attendee groups. We ask that everyone please follow the directions on informational signage and from all staff.

As a megaevent in California, Comic-Con is taking all possible precautions to ensure the health and safety of our attendees. Proof of vaccination* or a recent negative test will be required for all in attendance aged 5 years or older. In accordance with State recommendations, negative PCR test results must be from a test taken within 72 hours of the start of the show. Masks will be required indoors regardless of vaccination status. We are following CDC guidelines and California state and local requirements and will be adjusting our safety protocols as needed between now and the start of Comic-Con.

*Acceptable methods of proof include:

  • The CDC or WHO COVID-19 vaccination record card received when you were vaccinated

  • A photocopy of the vaccine card (front and back)

  • A photo of the vaccine card (front and back) on a phone or any other electronic device 

  • A digital record issued by the Department of Public Health or an approved company that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays your date of birth, vaccine dates, and vaccine type

People who were vaccinated in California can get a free digital COVID-19 Vaccination Record at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov

There are two types of viral tests that can be used: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests. Test results must be provided in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy). The documentation must include:

  • Type of test (indicating it is a PCR/NAAT or antigen test)

  • Entity issuing the result (e.g. laboratory, healthcare provider, or telehealth service)

  • Specimen collection date. A negative test result must show the specimen was collected within 72 hours 

  • Information that identifies the person (full name plus at least one other identifier such as date of birth) and matches ID shown

  • Negative test result

Your government-issued ID must match the name on the test results documentation. Those younger than 18 may use a government-issued ID, birth certificate, social security card, school ID, or locally issued ID.

For adults and children aged 5 and older who are not fully vaccinated, a recent negative COVID-19 test result must be obtained. All COVID-19 tests must be done by a certified lab, clinic, or physician. A negative test result must show the specimen was collected within 72 hours.

Both PCR and antigen are acceptable as long as testing is conducted within the time frame.

 

Your negative COVID-19 test documentation needs to be directly from the healthcare provider that performed the test. A negative test result must show the specimen was collected within 72 hours.

You can display your proof on your smartphone or present a physical copy, along with an appropriate government-issued ID matching the name on the documentation. Those younger than 18 may use a government-issued ID, birth certificate, social security card, school ID, or locally issued ID.

All COVID-19 tests must be done by a certified lab or clinic, home tests cannot be accepted.

 

All children aged 5 and older are required to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test using the methods listed above. If providing a negative COVID-19 test, your child’s negative COVID-19 test documentation needs to be directly from the healthcare provider that performed the test. A negative test result must show the specimen was collected within 72 hours.

“Full vaccination” means that the first day of attending Comic-Con must be at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose.

If your final vaccine shot is less than 14 days before your first day of attending Comic-Con, you will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. If providing a negative COVID-19 test, your negative COVID-19 test documentation needs to be directly from the healthcare provider that performed the test. A negative test result must show the specimen was collected within 72 hours.

CLICK HERE to view our full badge cancellation/refund policy. If you test positive for COVID-19 72 hours prior to Comic-Con 2022, you may request a refund if you provide proof of a positive COVID-19 test. Please do not bring your proof onsite. Email refunds@comic-con.org and attach your positive test results.

Yes. In addition to following current healthcare and governmental guidelines, everyone attending Comic-Con will be required to wear an approved face covering regardless of vaccination status.

Face coverings should completely cover the nose and mouth, fit snugly against the sides of the face, and not have any gaps. For more information and requirements on acceptable face coverings, please CLICK HERE.

If you are unable to wear a mask due to a medical concern, we recommend that you not attend Comic-Con 2022. All attendees will be required to wear a mask at all times and follow the mask guidelines outlined here. Hopefully we will be able to see you in person once healthcare guidelines are revised.

Please bring your own mask or approved face covering to Comic-Con.

Yes. This policy is in place to ensure the health and safety of all fans. Security will be onsite to support adherence to the policy.

All attendees aged five years and older will be required to wear a mask at all times and follow the mask guidelines outlined here.

Children (age 12 and under) must be present to be registered for a badge and adults will be required to provide emergency contact information for any child registrant.

At this time, “fully vaccinated” means that the first day of your attendance at Comic-Con must be at least 14 days after completion of your primary series of an FDA or WHO-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine, such as: 

  • second dose of a two dose COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or

  • single dose of a single dose COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine)

In accordance with CDC guidelines, booster shots are not required to be considered fully vaccinated, however, please note that the CDC recommends that people remain up to date with their vaccines, which includes additional doses for individuals who are immunocompromised or booster doses at regular time points. Please note that this remains subject to further update as CDC guidance is revised.