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December 5-8, 2022
ExCel London / United Kingdom

Frequently Asked Questions

In-Person Event Questions

What health measures/protocols is Black Hat taking to ensure a safe environment on-site?

Black Hat is working closely with the ExCeL Centre London to provide a safe and healthy experience for all Black Hat participants.

Enhanced measures are being implemented in accordance with the ExCeL and from guidance of the National Health Service (NHS). Please note that the NHS advises: "The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19."

Expectations for all event participants:

  • Individuals who are immunocompromised or at high risk are encouraged to attend virtually.
  • All event participants are expected to observe and engage in recognized preventive actions to help ensure a safe environment, including frequent hand washing.
  • Individuals should not attend the event if they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 10 days or if they are concerned that they have been exposed to the virus within the last 10 days and could possibly test positive.
  • Should an event participant test positive for COVID-19, register a temperature, or become ill during the event, he/she/they should observe recognized quarantining procedures.

At Black Hat:

  • Currently, the ExCeL Centre London requires proof of double vaccination, COVID-19 antibodies or negative lateral flow test to gain entry. The ExCeL will be checking for proof at the entry points to the building. Please note, UK-based visitors can use their NHS COVID Pass, and international visitors, the equivalent from their country of origin.
  • ExCeL Centre recommends face masks inside the building (unless exempt; click here for the NHS guidance on exemptions).
  • ExCeL Centre encourages social distancing.
  • All participants will self-screen daily for symptoms of COVID or other illness and will not attend if experiencing any symptoms.
  • Where possible, contactless systems and processes will be implemented to minimize "touch points."
  • Program materials will be distributed electronically where possible.
  • We are carefully reviewing and managing crowd densities and capacities accordingly.
  • 20-minute breaks will occur between sessions to allow for cleaning.
  • The Business Hall will be cleaned nightly.
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout the venue.
  • More information at Your SAFETY at ExCeL.

Will I be required to show proof of vaccination to enter the conference venue?

Currently, the ExCeL Centre London requires proof of double vaccination, COVID-19 antibodies or negative lateral flow test to gain entry. Please note, UK-based visitors can use their NHS COVID Pass, and international visitors, the equivalent from their country of origin.

More information at Your SAFETY at ExCeL.

Policy is subject to change, based on prevailing venue or government requirements at the time of the event.


Will I be required to wear a mask? Will medical exceptions be allowed?

The ExCeL Centre London recommends a face covering be worn inside the venue unless you have an exemption. ExCeL recommends you visit the website for the NHS guidance on exemptions.

Masks will be available to all attendees at no charge, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own masks.

Mask policy is subject to change, based on prevailing venue or government requirements at the time of the event.

More information at Your SAFETY at ExCeL.


How will Black Hat maintain social distancing?

The Black Hat event has been planned to allow for social distancing wherever possible. This includes a more open Business Hall layout, space between seats in meeting rooms and an open registration layout.

The social distancing policy is subject to change, based on prevailing venue or government requirements at the time of the event.

More information at Your SAFETY at ExCeL.


What should I keep in mind when travelling to Black Hat?

Black Hat recommends all participants review the GOV.UK Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers.


What are the local guidelines and rules?

The ExCeL is located in Newham, East London. As of 19 July 2021, the government has lifted all measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Newham Council is advising residents to continue wearing face masks to keep themselves and others safe and to act cautiously when reacting to the latest easing of restrictions. This is in line with guidance from the Mayor of London and many other councils. Visit COVID-19: Roadmap Step 4 on the Newham website for more details.

Currently, the ExCeL Centre London requires proof of double vaccination, COVID-19 antibodies or negative lateral flow test to gain entry. The ExCeL will be checking for proof at the entry points to the building. Please note, UK-based visitors can use their NHS COVID Pass, and international visitors, the equivalent from their country of origin.

ExCeL Centre recommends face masks inside the building (unless exempt; click here for the NHS guidance on exemptions).


Can I book my hotel in London now – and how should I do that?

Yes, hotel reservations are being accepted and a link to Black Hat's official hotel booking partner can be found on our website here.


What happens if Black Hat has to cancel the In-Person Event - can I get a refund?

While we are confident that we will be able to host a great in-person event, we know some of this is out of our control. Therefore, we are offering purchase protection to everyone who buys an in-person Briefings pass.

PURCHASE PROTECTION POLICY: If, for any reason, Black Hat is forced to cancel the In-Person Event in London, all paid passes will automatically convert to Virtual Briefings passes and the balance will be converted to a credit towards a Black Hat Europe 2022 Briefings Pass. Full or partial refunds may also be requested instead—subject only to a 6% processing fee.


Virtual Event Questions

Virtual event information is coming soon, please check back.