Vehicle Access Guidelines


  • Digital Contractor Pass

  • Sunday 26 February - No vehicle movement

  • General Vehicle Access Rules

  • Barcelona Low Emission Zone



Digital Contractor Pass

As MWC Barcelona return for another in-person event in 2022, the health and safety of staff, workers, exhibitors, visitors, suppliers, partner, and the local community, remain the number on priority'

The health protocols to access the venue are such that all personnel must provide valid proof of vaccination/ recovery or a negative test for COVID-19. Please check the Build up & Dismantling Accreditation section for further information

The Digital Contractor Pass is an easy, and free of charge, way for all contractor and drivers to arrive at the venue pre-registered and fully validated, so that they can be fast-tracked through the process and easily enter the venue.

We appreciate that many haulage companies will not have advance visibility on which drivers will be arriving with their cargo, in this instance we suggest to pre-register a pool of drivers who are likely to arrive so that they can all be pre-validated. This way the driver who does arrive will be unhindered and will be able to access the venue on schedule. The is no limit to how many drivers can be pre-registered and pre-validated through the ‘service provider’ system.

Drivers can easily be registered in bulk or individually by the ‘exhibitor contractor’ through their service provider account. Alternatively, haulage companies can be set up with their own service provider account by RESA, so that they can bulk register their own drivers. There are short video tutorials and instructions on how to use the system in the Build up & Dismantling Accreditation section.

For drivers who arrive unregistered or who have not validated their Digital Contractor Pass, there will be onsite assistance however the process will take longer and will involve some costs.

Registration – drivers who arrive unregistered will be charged an additional €8 on top of the normal €12 vehicle registration fee, costing €20 in total for both vehicle and driver registration.

Testing – drivers who arrive without any health verification documents will be able to purchase a rapid antigen test service performed by our medical partner Quirónprevención for €25.

As a reminder, pre-registration and pre-validation is free of charge and the fastest way to process.


Sunday 27 February - No vehicle movement

We would like to remind all exhibitors and contractors that GSMA will enforce a ‘ no vehicle movement’ and ‘ no work at height’ policy during Sunday 27 February.
This is in order to ensure a safe working environment on the day before the show opens to attendees, while there is a considerable amount of exhibitor staff present in the halls.

On Sunday 27 February, the use of hard hats and high visibility vests is still recommended to anyone that needs access to the site, but is not compulsory for entry as is required during the rest of the build-up period.

The following activities must be finished by 21:00h on Saturday 26 February:
  • Deliveries of goods
  • Collection of empty freight & boxes
  • Collection of toolboxes
  • Movement of Forklifts, Cherry pickers, Cranes, movable platforms
  • Placement of heavy exhibits
  • Rigging
  • Securing of safety chains
  • Adjustments in height of rigged elements
  • Working on stepladders or other elevation tools

None of these activities are allowed on Sunday 27 February. Any rented equipment will be removed from the booth on Saturday 26 February.

A surcharge shall be imposed on any vehicle or machinery movement carried out on Sunday 27 February to ensure that the environment surrounding the activity is kept safe. Please pass this important message on to your staff and contracted agencies in order to avoid problems onsite.


General Vehicle Access Rules

  • In the interest of security, vehicle searches will be in operation and may cause some delays when they are marshalled down from the waiting area to the venue. Please allow for extra time!
  • Vehicles are not allowed to enter the venue during event open days
  • Truck drivers and all their additional passengers will have to present a hard hat and high visibility vest at Sot del Migdia before being marshalled down to the venue. Trucks will not be permitted to leave Sot del Migdia without hard hat or high visibility vest. It is recommended that contractors bring their own equipment where possible
  • Vehicles are not permitted inside the exhibition site for build-up or dismantling unless expressly authorised
  • Vehicle movement is prohibited inside the exhibition grounds on Sunday 27 February including any forklift trucks, cranes or other lifting equipment
  • Vehicle waiting area: In order to ease congestion of vehicles and minimize queues during access hours all vehicles intending to access the venue must first go to the marshalling yard/logistics platform 'Sot del Migdia'. Please see here the location and recommended access routes
  • All drivers at Sot del Migdia will be given an access card with details and timings of access to the venue
  • Please ensure that you book your articulated truck unloading / reloading time with the official ground handling company for the event, Resa Expo Logistic. Vans and small Trucks are not required to book unloading / reloading time and can go directly to the vehicle waiting area.
  • Access of vehicles during dismantling will follow the same procedure as during build-up
  • After closure during the last day of the exhibition at 18:00 on Thursday 3 March, goods must be removed by hand. We recommend that personal and valuable items are removed immediately
  • All electric circuits shall remain open and vehicles will not be allowed inside the exhibition site until Friday 4 March at 08:00
  • During build-up and dismantling days the Organiser reserves the right to permit or restrict the entry of exhibitor vehicles to carry out the loading and unloading of goods based on the items present in the vehicle to be unloaded or on the stand for removal
  • Permanent parking inside the venue is strictly forbidden
  • Sot de Migdia will not be used for parking
  • For safety reasons it is not permitted to use private or externally hired lifting or access machinery such as forklifts, cranes, scissor lifts, cherry pickers etc. All such machinery must be hired from Resa Expo Logistic when working for MWC Barcelona
  • For further information click here to view the Shipping & Onsite Handling section.
  • Any vehicles that require access during build-up or dismantling, have to purchase a vehicle access pass. There is also an option to purchase a pass for the entire build-up period or dismantling period. Such passes have to be purchased at Sot del Migdia. Cash or Credit Card payments are accepted. A day pass can be used multiple times during one specific day but note that once departed from the venue, vehicles will have to return to Sot del Migdia for additional time slot cards. Vehicles will be given a time slot card allowing a loading/unloading time of 3h for trucks and 1.5h for vans. Please contact vehicleaccess@firabarcelona.com

For any queries please contact:

Resa Expo Logistic

Contact: Jorge Reina
Tel: +34 932334543 / 2474
Fax: +34 932631894


Barcelona Low Emission Zone

New for 2022, all non-Spanish vehicles entering the ‘Low Emission Zone’ (ZBE) of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) must apply for a permit. The Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) includes the Fira Barcelona venues.


This system has been implemented to control the access of vehicles that do not meet the required low emissions standards.


Vehicles meeting the low emissions standards will receive a long term permit valid to access the city anytime during the validity of the permit. This permit is free of charge, although there is a one-off administration fee. It can take up to 15 working days from application for the permit to be issued, short notice applications for entry will be subject to an additional charge.


Vehicles not meeting the low emissions standards will receive a permit that allows the vehicle 10 single day entries during a twelve month period. There is a charge for this permit dependent on the vehicle type, details of which can be found at the AMB website.


Applications for passes can be made at the AMB website.


Vehicles entering the Low Emission Zone (ZBE) without the required pass will be identified by cameras, the owner of the vehicle will be subject to a penalty fine.


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