Anime NYC is working closely with the Javits Center, New York City, and New York State to create the safest experience possible for all attendees, exhibitors, and guests. The following policies are as of October 4, 2021, and they will be updated as new guidance becomes available.


All attendees, exhibitors, guests, staff, crew, and all others 12-years-old or older entering the Javits Center for Anime NYC must show proof of vaccination. This is per the City of New York’s Key to NYC initiative in place across all restaurants, museums, theaters, and all other indoor venues throughout New York City.

Your proof of vaccination must show that you have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the FDA or WHO. You can attend immediately after your first dose.

Proof of vaccination accepted includes:

  • NYC COVID Safe App
  • Excelsior Pass
  • CDC Vaccination Card
  • NYC Vaccination Record
  • Official immunization record from outside NYC or the US

If showing a Vaccination Card or Report, either your physical card or a photocopy or digital image on your smartphone will be accepted.

Your proof of vaccination will be checked once upon your first arrival to Anime NYC, after which you will be given a wristband confirming your vaccination status has been verified. Keep this wristband on all weekend, and show it at the entrance during any additional arrivals to bypass the vaccination check.


Attendees under 12-years-old who are not yet vaccinated will be allowed at Anime NYC as long as they provide proof of a negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken within three days of their first day at Anime NYC. Attendees under 5-years-old can attend without a test result.

Tests for attendees under 12-years-old can be…

  • At a government-run testing facility
  • At a pharmacy like CVS
  • At-home tests from Amazon or other online retailers

If showing a negative test, accepted test results include…

  • A digital photo
  • A printed copy
  • A screenshot of an app
  • A screenshot of an email

All attendees, exhibitors, guests, staff, crew, and all others 2-years-old or older entering the Javits Center must wear masks while at Anime NYC, and please see the City of New York’s recommendations for preferred face coverings.

All face coverings must properly cover your nose and mouth. A mesh mask is not an acceptable face covering. A face shield is not an acceptable substitute for a mask.

Face coverings can be removed when eating or drinking and by panelists while socially distanced on stage, but face coverings must be worn at all other times at Anime NYC – including when taking part in any cosplay or celebrity photographs.


Cosplay masks and helmets are permitted but approved face coverings MUST be worn under the cosplay. Upon entry to the building, you will be required to remove your cosplay mask for security and show your approved face covering.

Staff will be checking this throughout Anime NYC, so please be sure to keep your approved face covering on even if in cosplay.


The following measures are being taken by Anime NYC and/or the Javits Center…

Installation of specialized, hospital-grade air filters to improve air quality and reduce any air contaminants in the Javits Center.

More space. Anime NYC is renting an additional 161,000 sq ft of space for the first time to further provide distancing between features and attendees.

Widened aisles. Anime NYC typically features 10 feet aisles in the expo hall. This year, aisles are widened to an average of 15 feet to allow for more space between features and attendees.

Increase sanitization. Increased sanitization teams from the Javits Center throughout the weekend cleaning the building.

Increased hand sanitizers and signage. Heavy distribution of hand sanitizers throughout the building and messaging around proper hygiene.

The Javits Center has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation, the gold standard for facilities implementing strict infectious disease protocols in today’s environment. To achieve the GBAC STAR, Javits has demonstrated achievements in 20 core elements, from standard operating procedures to personal protective equipment. Learn more at


Should our vaccination and mask policy not be a match for you this year, we encourage you to enjoy Anime NYC online at home through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where we’ll be posting more than ever, and we welcome you to engage as part of the Anime NYC community digitally. We unfortunately cannot allow anyone into the Javits Center without vaccinations or face coverings. Anime NYC is a large gathering, and vaccinations and face coverings are required for the health and safety of all participants.

We thank you for your support and apologize that this year’s Anime NYC may not be a match for all our fans. If you seek to rollover or refund your tickets to Anime NYC, we are able to until our ticket mailing deadline on October 10, and we hope we can welcome you back next year.


If you seek to rollover or refund your tickets to Anime NYC, email Requests must be made by October 10, 2021. Requests cannot be made after ticket mailing begins.


We ask that all attendees self-evaluate prior to coming to Anime NYC in order to protect others at the event. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has had COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the event, please do not enter the Javits Center. Instead, please reach out to


These policies are as of October 4, 2021, and they will be updated as new guidance becomes available. As COVID-19 news changes rapidly, we recommend you subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media (Facebook / Instagram / Twitter) to be the first to receive new information.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at


If your child is under 12, they will be able to attend Anime NYC as long as they wear a mask and come with the record of a recent negative COVID test. We look to have full information about this shared by October’s start.


Throughout the year, Anime NYC has worked closely with the Javits Center and New York City and New York State officials to assure we run this November as a safe and healthy event. We tremendously appreciate their guidance, and we wish to share the latest from NYC with you today. On August 3, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced proof of vaccination will be required to participate in indoor events across NYC. The full details from the City will be coming later this month, but we want to make sure we share an overview with you immediately. As of now, the following will be required to participate in this year’s Anime NYC…

  • Proof of Vaccination for all Anime NYC Participants
  • Required Mask Usage for all Anime NYC Participants

Proof of Vaccination and Masks will be required for all fans, exhibitors, artists, guests, crew, and staff, and we will be following this up with more information later this month. We know there will be many detailed questions (Children under 12? Immunocompromised medical conditions? Cosplay?), and please be assured we will have answers for all of these as well as further clarification around the proof of vaccination required and mask specifics at that time.

And while we look to welcome the anime community back together, if you are uncomfortable or these policies are not a match for you, we will additionally have details about ticket rollover options later this month.

Lastly, please understand these guidelines are as of today, they will continue to evolve through the summer and fall, and should vaccinations rise and COVID cases fall, we could see a relaxation of these guides before November. As always, we will share more details and changes as soon as we have further information.

Until then, I want to say I’m vaccinated and the entirety of the Anime NYC staff is vaccinated – many right inside the Javits Center.

If you’re not yet vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to book a safe, free, and effective vaccine appointment right now throughout New York City, New York State, or our neighboring states…

We thank the Javits Center for all their effort throughout COVID-19 as a field hospital, then a vaccination site, and now for their guidance as live events return.

After a long, tough year, we’re proud to bring New York’s anime community back together, and we will continue to follow the latest direction of the Javits Center and local government officials for a safe and healthy event this November.

– Peter Tatara, Founder, Anime NYC


Following the advice of industry, government, and health authorities, we are planning Anime NYC as an in-person event this November. We do not want to dismiss the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to be a severe medical issue, and we wish to thank all the doctors, nurses, and scientists who have fought against it for a solid year. And it is because of this hard work and the growing success of vaccination programs that we believe the world will be a healthier place by fall/winter.

We are hopeful to bring fans together again to celebrate our community at Anime NYC and are working closely with the Javits Center and local officials to adhere to the most up-to-date safety technologies and recommendations, and as the state of COVID-19 continues to rapidly change, look for further important updates from us, as well as our full reopening plan in the lead up to this year’s show.

And as we look forward to a time where we can gather again, we – of course – want to state we will only hold the convention if we can safely. Again, though, we are seeing major advances in the fight against coronavirus, and we trust there will be further victories in the months ahead.

Until then, please do your part. Please stay safe, wear a mask, and get vaccinated when you can. And we hope to welcome you to Anime NYC this year.


Hello, this is Peter Tatara, Show Director of Anime NYC. Over the past few months, Anime NYC’s team has worked closely with the Javits Center and our operations and publisher partners to create a safe and healthy convention this year.

I’m deeply proud of all this planning; however, as we near summer’s end, it’s become apparent no amount of preparation will protect our attendees, and we’ve made the decision Anime NYC 2020 will no longer take place because of coronavirus.

What does this mean for you? For all fans, you have the option to roll your tickets over to Anime NYC 2021 or receive a refund. For all exhibitors, you have the option to roll over your booths and sponsorships or be refunded as well. And all hotel rooms in our official block will be automatically refunded.

All fans and exhibitors will receive a detailed email with next steps by today’s end.

We started Anime NYC with the goal of bringing anime fans and the anime industry together in the biggest city in America, and while we’ll be unable to all gather in the Javits this year, our goal isn’t going away. Rather, we now look to bring fans and the industry together in new, different, and digital ways – and we’ll do this long before November.

Last month, we started the “Anime News Network Connect presented by Anime NYC” project which features ongoing online anime events together with our industry friends. We’ll have more announcements, too, around additional ways we can celebrate our fandom while physically remote.

A tremendous thank you again to the Anime NYC and Javits Center teams for all the planning you’ve done, to all the support from Crunchyroll and everyone across the anime industry, and to you – all the fans in NYC and beyond who love to come together and celebrate with our anime family.

Stay safe, wear a mask, and we’ll be back November 19-21, 2021!


To help coronavirus relief efforts, a portion of all Anime NYC tickets sold in April will go toward the American Red Cross. It’s a tough time for everyone, and we know a lot of fans aren’t thinking about November, but if you are, we want to make sure your ticket helps support others in need. 2.5% of ticket sales will go toward the American Red Cross, and the Anime NYC team will match this with an additional 2.5% – together contributing 5% of sales to the American Red Cross.


Hello, this is Peter Tatara, founder of Anime NYC. As many of you know, the Anime NYC team was working to launch a new convention in Texas this year called Anime Frontier, and we made the decision today to cancel Anime Frontier 2020.

This year’s Anime Frontier was scheduled for May 8-10, and we feel postponing it until 2021 is the only right decision we can make, as we look to create an inviting, exciting, safe, and healthy celebration for Texas’s anime community – and there’s no way to achieve this right now without putting this same community at risk of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

What does this mean about Anime NYC?

Nothing at all. Anime Frontier 2020 was scheduled for May and was coming up rapidly. Anime NYC 2020 is scheduled for November – still eight months away.

I and my team continue to be hard at work on this year’s Anime NYC, and our goal is to celebrate it together with you. Should coronavirus remain a concern as we near the fall, we will work closely with the City of New York and Javits Center to make a decision.

Again, any decision would be months and months away, we hope and pray we will have beaten coronavirus before then, and Anime NYC 2020 continues to be planned together with partners, publishers, and friends.

Stay home and stay healthy.


Hello, this is Peter Tatara, Founder and Show Director of Anime NYC. I’d like to take a moment to publicly answer the questions we’ve received around if Anime NYC will happen this year in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The next Anime NYC is November 20-22, 2020, and it is too soon for us to comment on if or how coronavirus could affect the convention. The health and safety of our attendees is our top priority, but we cannot predict future conditions in NYC or Japan eight months away.

My team is hard at work on Anime NYC every day, and as we move into the summer and fall, we will work closely with the Javits Center and the City of New York to determine the best path together as we do with all sensitive decisions.

We’re aware of the seriousness of the current situation, and we ask every fan to follow the instructions of their local health authorities. We hope we can all beat this, and we look forward to celebrating the best of Japanese pop culture with you in the biggest city in America this November.


As of now, our U.S. events are taking place as scheduled.

Ensuring the safety of all customers and attendees to our events is our top priority. We are following the suggestions of the U.S. and state public health guidelines as they are developing with regards to the COVID-19 virus.  We support the stance taken by SISO and remain committed to delivering our events in a safe environment.

As the COVID-19 situation is evolving, we strongly advise that all exhibitors and visitors review the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel health notices related to this outbreak. These notices will be updated as more information becomes available and if there are any changes with entry to the U.S. they can be found here –

Exhibitors and Visitors who are not impacted by the travel restrictions are able to attend the event. Please note, the travel advisories do vary by country so please be sure to review the latest travel advisories and U.S. entry policies for your region. The U.S. and several countries currently has imposed travel restrictions from mainland China which will be enforced.

As a precaution, we are implementing a range of additional hygiene measures at the event.

  • Increased cleaning and disinfection program across all high-volume touchpoints
  • Onsite medical support
  • Availability of sanitizing and disinfection materials for public use
  • Awareness and training to all staff on standard personal preventative measures
  • Advice to exhibitors on implementing effective cleaning and disinfection of booths, offices along
    with guidance on personal hygiene measures and common preventive behavior
  • Installing signage at the event reminding attendees of hygiene recommendations

Our team will continue to monitor the situation and we will follow-up with customers as needed if the advisories change.  If you have questions regarding your participation please contact our customer service team.


Anime NYC is still taking place as scheduled. Ensuring the safety of all our fans and exhibitors is our top priority, and we are following the suggestions of CDC, US, and state public health guidelines as they develop around the COVID-19 virus.

As a precaution, we are implementing a range of additional hygiene measures including increased hand sanitizing stations, increased cleaning of high-volume areas, increased onsite medical staff, and increased hygiene guideline signage.

We will continue to follow CDC, US, and state public health recommendations and will post updates if advisories change.

Should the COVID-19 situation evolve and Anime NYC be cancelled, tickets would be refunded.

If you have questions, please contact, and you can find the latest CDC COVID-19 health notices here: