Since the cancellation of the TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR due to the coronavirus outbreak and the hosting of its online alternative VIRTUAL ART BOOK FAIR last year, our team has been looking forward to the day we can all gather together again in a physical space.

It has been a struggle for us at TABF to decide how to go about holding this year’ s event; eventually, we arrived at the decision to host the art book fair both on online and offline platforms while taking precautionary measures to safeguard everyone involved.

The return of TABF does not mean a return to normal, but we are still very much looking forward to meeting all participants as well as new art books this year at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.

To ensure enjoyment in a safe environment for everyone involved, we would like to inform you of the measures we will be taking and the cooperation we would like from all visitors.

Please make sure to read the following guidelines before visiting the Offline Venue. 

Although we cannot deliver the energy and excitement of large crowds gathering and conversing this year, we will do our best to ensure an experience in which visitors can encounter and spend quality time with various books as usual.

Thank you very much in advance for your cooperation.



The TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR (TABF) 2021 will be held while taking strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all exhibitors and visitors, please make sure to look through these guidelines.


You can of course, choose not to attend the Offline bookfair having considered the following COVID-19 prevention measures. In that case, please visit our Online venue to enjoy the virtual TABF experience!


*In case there are any changes to the regulations set by the government or to the increase of infections, we may change parts of the guidelines and at worst, cancel the event. For more details, please keep an

eye on our official website and social media.


*If we find that you are not following our guidelines, we may ask you to exit or refuse admissions to the venue in order to ensure the security of other participants.



TABF Committee’ s Commitments


We will be taking the following precautionary measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.


・Require ticket reservations in advance to impose a limit on the number of visitors.

・Visitors enter and exit on rotation every 2 hrs 15 mins.

*Each 2 hour-15 minute time slot has a maximum capacity of 300 people.

→Due to the decreasing trend of the number of infected patients, the capacity of each time slot will be changed to 450 patients. (2021.10.25)

・Monitor all staff’s physical conditions before their shifts by checking their temperature. If they have a fever or are feeling unwell, they will not be attending the event.

・All staff will be wearing masks at all times and gloves as required.

・PCR testing of all staff prior to the fair.

・Set up hand sanitising stations at all major points in the venue. 

・Frequent hand washing, gargling and hand sanitising by all staff.

・Regularly disinfecting the common areas or objects that are in contact with the staff or participants. 

・24h ventilation of the venue and monitoring of carbon dioxide levels.



Requests to our Visitors


1. Temperature Screening at the Entrance



We will be measuring your temperature with a contactless thermometer. If you have a fever of over 37.5℃, you will not be admitted to the venue. Furthermore, if you have had a fever within the last 5 days, please refrain from visiting the fair. 

・If you experienced symptoms resembling a cold (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, severe tiredness, sore throat, nasal discharge and blockage, loss of taste and smell, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting etc.) within the last 7 days, please refrain from visiting the fair.


2. Masks At All Times



Bring and wear your mask at all times. You will not be admitted to the venue if you are not wearing your mask. Also, make sure to cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.

・Avoid long conversations and crowds without a mask and make sure to maintain a physical distance. 

・If you refuse to wear your mask, we may ask you to leave the venue. 

・Non-woven masks are recommended. ※ Please do not attend the fair with only a face shield.


3. Frequent Hand Washing and Sanitising



・We will be setting up hand sanitising stations in all parts of the venue. Please wash and sanitize your hands frequently. 

・To reduce the exchange of cash, we recommend using contactless payments where possible. Please use the change tray for cash payments. ※Please follow each exhibitor’s instructions regarding payment method. 

・Sanitize your hands before touching any product.


4. No Loud Conversations 



Always wear your mask even if you are just talking to the exhibitor or family/friends.


5. Physical Distancing



・We have set a limit to the number of visitors to avoid congestion. Please visit the fair within your pre-booked timeframe. 

・If we notice a crowded area, we may break up the group.

・A maximum of 2 people can visit a booth at the same time. Please keep a sufficient distance using the markings at your feet as a guide.

・Depending on the congestion level of each area, we may restrict the number of visitors or ask you to move over to other spaces.


6. Visitor Number Limit



・To maintain the physical distance between people, we will limit the number of visitors. Visitors will be grouped into the time slot on their ticket, and groups will exit and enter the venue at 2 hr 15 min. intervals. 

・Advance ticket reservations will be required to control the number of visitors.

Ticket Reservation Form:


Notices about the booking

・In the event that a fair visitor tests positive for COVID, we may be required to share the visitor information with public authorities.

・Make sure to wear your mask during your visit. ※Non-woven masks are recommended.

・Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

・Per one adult, up to two children under elementary school age may enter the venue. Children accompanying the adult may enter free of charge and without a reservation.

・Holders of a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Welfare Certificate, or Atomic Bomb Survivor Welfare Certificate as well as up to two attendants are admitted free of

charge. Please show your certificate at the entrance.


・Make sure to be on time for your booked time as your reservations cannot be changed on site.

・Please be advised that the tickets are non-refundable. 

・Avoid crowds and refrain from dining out on the day of your visit. Do not meet up or chat in the vicinity of the venue.

・Up to 2 visitors are allowed at each booth. Please advise your customers if there are more than allowed.


7. No Food/Drink at the Venue



No eating or drinking is allowed at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.


8. Others

・Do not bring gifts to the exhibitors.

・Do not eat or drink on the streets around the venue and the nearby stations.



If any of the following conditions apply to you, you will not be admitted to the venue.

・If you have or have had a fever of over 37.5℃ when measuring your temperature at home, within the last 7 days.

・If you are experiencing or have experienced symptoms resembling a cold (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, severe tiredness, sore throat, nasal discharge and blockage, loss of taste and smell, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting etc.) or are not feeling well (even with mild conditions) within the last 7 days.

・If you had close contact within the last 14 days with residents of or travelers from countries or regions with a governmental entry restriction or that require post-arrival observation.

・If you tested positive for COVID-19 or if you received medical instructions to stay at home. 

・If you were in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

・If someone in your family, friends or at work is suspected to be positive with COVID-19 within the last 14 days. 

※For the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions (as well as those who live with or have contact with such people) who may

develop severe symptoms of COVID-19, we ask to consider once again the risk of infection before visiting the fair.



Request to our Exhibitors from TABF


・All exhibitors need to be either vaccinated twice or PCR tested

For the PCR test, please get tested 72 hours prior to the fair and present your PCR test negative certificate.


・Temperature screening and health condition check every day during the book fair


・Limiting the attendants at your booth

Up to 2 visitors attending your booth. Depending on the infection situation of the COVID-19, we may reduce the number of visitors even more. 


・Frequent disinfecting

For every booth, the TABF team will be distributing a disinfectant kit (disinfectant spray and tissues). Please regularly sanitize the table, book covers and items that are on display. During the visitor switch and after the closing, please disinfect everything thoroughly.


・No Loud Conversations

For all communications with the visitors, please talk across the acrylic shields.