For safe Games:

  • Ensure you have read the Playbook and follow the measures outlined.
  • Make sure you protect yourself with the right masks – KN95, N95, FFP2 or an equivalent standard of protection.
  • Regularly use hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes.
  • Throughout your journey to Beijing, always ensure adequate physical distancing between yourself and other Games participants and avoid interaction with non-Games participants.
  • If you have connecting flights, try to ensure that you maintain the same approximate seating configuration for all flights, limiting mixing and interaction with your delegation, other Games participants and non-Games participants.
  • Ensure that you have the name and contact information of your COVID Liaison Officer (CLO).

Prior to travel:

  • Keep physical interactions with others to a minimum in the 14 days prior to travelling to China. In the final five days before your departure, avoid all public and crowded places such as restaurants, etc.
  • Always wear a mask and ensure that you are in well-ventilated spaces if you must attend meetings indoors.
  • Also, where possible, we recommend that you schedule your <72-hours test as close as possible to your departure, while still ensuring adequate time to obtain the result (refer to your approved testing lab’s turnaround time). This will help minimise the risk of a recent/new infection that could lead to a positive test upon arrival in China going undetected prior to your departure.
  • In addition to your two mandatory pre-departure PCR tests, you may wish to arrange for a rapid test or do a self-test on the day you travel. Also, we encourage you to continue to self-test on days when you are not having a PCR.
  • Even after receiving two negative PCR test results prior to travel, make sure you continue to avoid all public and crowded places as mentioned above.

While travelling:

  • Have hand sanitiser with you at all times and use it regularly! You may also wish to bring disinfectant wipes.
  • It is particularly important to wash or sanitise your hands:
    • before you put on and take off your face mask
    • after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose
    • before you eat or handle food
    • after coming into contact with areas such as bathrooms and surfaces touched by others, such as suitcases, door handles, handrails, elevator buttons and light switches.
  • When going through personal screening at airports, place personal items such as keys, wallets and phones in your carry-on bags rather than the bins; this reduces the handling of such items during screening.
  • Also, if you are carrying food items, these should be transported in a plastic bag and placed in the bin when going through screening. Separating food from carry-on bags lessens the likelihood that screeners will need to open the bags for inspection.
  • You may wish to eat alone, and try to avoid eating in lounges or restaurants. If not possible, try to avoid eating and drinking at the same time as those with or around you, in lounges and restaurants and on the plane, putting on your mask whenever possible.
  • Travelling often means being in areas that are closed and confined. Whenever possible during your trip, stay in open, well-ventilated settings.
  • While it is usually considered courteous to provide assistance, avoid touching the suitcases and personal items, such as phones, etc., of others.

Look after yourself:

  • If you feel unwell, but do not have COVID-19 symptoms, or your COVID-19 test is negative, still take precautions to avoid passing such symptoms on to others. The flu and common cold, which can circulate at this time of the year, are spread from one person to another.
  • Seek the support of mental health professionals if you wish to discuss your experiences and the various emotions you may be feeling in the lead-up to, during and after the Games.
  • The IOC Mentally Fit Helpline is available for all athletes and entourage members 24/7 in 70 languages – find out more here.