The health, safety and security of visitors is the number one priority during the show.

Entry Requirements


  • Visitors above the age 5 years of age will be required to undertake a lateral flow test within 48 hours prior to arriving at the show
  • Visitors will need to order their lateral flow test kits in advance of the show. They can be ordered for free by clicking here, or you can pick them up in person at your local pharmacy (England only)
  • Once you’ve taken your test, please log the result on the government website here. Your test result will then be available via the NHS App, email, or text
  • To enter the Southampton International Boat Show, all visitors will be required to present a negative lateral flow test result (this can be displayed on the NHS App, via email or text) upon arrival at the gate
  • Any visitor who fails to present a negative lateral flow test result when required will not be allowed to enter the show
  • The NHS Track and Trace QR Code will be available to scan at all show entrances

International Visitors:

  • If you are visiting from outside the United Kingdom, please follow the latest government guidance on travelling from abroad. Full details can be found here
  • On successful entry to England, visitors will be required to undertake a lateral flow test within 48 hours prior to arriving at the show.
  • If you are staying in Southampton during your visit to the show, please choose England as your place of residence when registering your test result here, and enter the postcode of where you are staying (i.e. your hotel) when asked.
  • Please then follow all other entry requirements listed above for all visitors

Supporting Information:

Following consultation with Southampton City Council and the Director of Public Health, we have been asked to report on how many of our visitors have received their two COVID-19 vaccinations. We will circulate details on how this information will be collected shortly.

Due to the nature of the situation, this guidance may be updated at any point. Any major updates will be communicated to visitors immediately.

What safety precautions are being taken by staff and exhibitors at the show?

Our staff and exhibitors are committed to keeping you safe during your visit to the show. A number of measures have been put in place to ensure that you can still have a great day out.

  • All staff and exhibitors will be required to provide evidence of a negative LFT
  • There will be hand sanitising stations situated across the entire show site, especially in areas where there are more touch points, e.g. on exhibitor stands
  • We’ll be cleaning high touch-point areas more frequently – including all catering areas and toilets
  • Exhibitors will clean their stands more frequently – including all exhibits, tills, door handles and more
  • Our waste contractor will be safely collecting any COVID waste, such as masks and cleaning clothes, and disposing of it safely off site
  • Exhibitor stands may look a bit different this year. This is because we’re asking them to be more open. This might be extra doors or windows, or sides that can roll up. We’re doing this to improve the natural air flow
  • After the show closes, public areas, toilets and catering areas will have a deep clean and we’ll be doing this every day

What can you do to help?

We have introduced a number of additional safety measures and guidance this year.

  • If you feel unwell before the show, please don’t travel to the Southampton International Boat Show
  • During the show, if you feel unwell, please contact the closest member of the security team who will take you to the Medical Centre located in Mayflower Park
  • Wash your hands at every opportunity and for at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget the soap!
  • We are recommending the use of face coverings in enclosed spaces, such as in catering area queues, Ocean Hall and when inside boats
  • Please be respectful of all other visitors and their space at the show

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