COVID-19 Information and Resources


Following discussions with members about conditions that may prevent some attendees from receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, the ASPS Executive Committee has agreed upon a plan to provide daily testing at PSTM21 as an option for those without proof of vaccination. ASPS is currently contracting with an on-site vendor to facilitate this, and more information will be made available about the logistics of the process in the days ahead.

All attendees at PSTM21 in Atlanta must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test each day to enter the meeting. Attendees will also be required to wear masks throughout the meeting. ASPS will be using the CLEAR app system for vaccination validation, and a link for all registered attendees will be sent at the end of September with additional details.

Additional COVID-19 Safety Updates

  • The Plastic Surgery The Meeting registration desks and the ASPS Resource Center in the exhibit hall will not be taking cash or checks as a form of payment. Please be prepared to make payments using debit or credit cards.
  • The ASPS Kidzone will not be available during Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2021 in Atlanta.

We thank you for your patience and flexibility as we implement these protocols to provide an enhanced level of safety for all attendees.

The health and safety of our members and staff is our top priority during #PSTM21 in Atlanta and ASPS is fully engaged with local, state, and national officials to implement appropriate safeguards as we welcome our members back to an in-person meeting. Any updates to our safety protocols for attendance in Atlanta will be documented on the this page.

We continue to monitor COVID-19 trends, including models from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), which shows the current Delta variant spike is projected to have subsided in Georgia before #PSTM21 gets underway. We understand that some of our attendees may have their ability to travel impacted by institutional changes that they cannot control, which is why we implemented the Early Bird Guarantee.

Please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) travel recommendations during COVID-19.

Domestic Travel Recommendations

A national executive order requires people to wear face masks while using public transportation throughout the United States. This includes airports, airplanes, trains, subways, buses, taxis and rideshare services. Masks are mandatory at all times inside Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The city of Atlanta requires masks for public buildings owned or leased by the city. Private businesses may mandate mask requirements at their discretion.

Masks will be required while attending Plastic Surgery The Meeting and ASPS will make masks available for anyone who needs one. ASPS will have hand sanitation stations throughout the convention center. Our protocols will be updated as recommendations change.

International Attendees

A negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery from COVID-19 is required for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Here are some additional frequently asked questions for international travelers.

Is my vaccine valid in the United States to attend Plastic Surgery The Meeting? International attendees can use this link to find out if their vaccine will be accepted as valid proof of COVID-19 immunity by your destination country.

Do I need a COVID-19 test to fly into the United States? All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States.

Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 before traveling to the United States if I am fully vaccinated?
Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested 3 days before travel by air into the United States (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.

Do I need a negative COVID-19 test to enter the US if I'm flying from US territories?
No, the Order to present a documentation of a negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 does not apply to air passengers flying from a U.S. territory to a U.S. state. U.S. territories include American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19 before I travel back to my country?
COVID-19 test can be scheduled online at most Walgreens or CVS pharmacies.

What are some guidelines for traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you. Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

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