COVID-19 Updates

New Dates Confirmed

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We have made the decision to postpone CHEST Congress 2020 Italy, moving it to 2021.

The congress will take place in Bologna on June 24-26, 2021.

We anticipate we will be able to meet face to face to bring you the best clinical guidance, latest science, and procedural skills training from our international faculty. In addition, the 2021 congress will showcase the latest research from chest physicians battling COVID-19 and the impact on their patients and profession.

The congress will take place at the same venue, The Volvo Congress Center. All registrations to the 2020 congress will be transferred to the new dates.

We highly appreciate all the hard work of the abstract submitters. Acceptance letters will be sent soon, together with the benefits and opportunities we can offer for being published still this year.

In order to minimize inconvenience, and in anticipation of your questions, we have compiled some Frequently Asked Questions below to assist you.

We are very much looking forward to meeting you in 2021, and, together, we will work hard to ensure that the CHEST Congress will be worth the wait.

In the meantime, we wish you, your colleagues, and your families good health and resilience.

With kind regards,

William F. Kelly, MD, FCCP

Girolamo Pelaia, MD, FCCP

Francesco de Blasio, MD, FCCP
CHEST Italian Delegation

June 2020 Virtual Program

We have begun planning a 1-day program that will include lectures with live interaction, panel discussions, and scheduled slots to speak with faculty members. The event will take place virtually on Friday, June 26, 2020.

We will also be offering all accepted abstract submitters the opportunity to publish their abstract in a special edition of the CHEST® journal, and record a short e-poster presentation to be part of the program. These and all sessions will be available to registered participants on demand for a period after the virtual event.

More details will follow in the coming weeks.

The international community will benefit from your active participation in sharing your research, your insights, and your expertize. We hope to see you online.


Please find below answers to most frequently asked questions regarding the COVID-19 developments.

No. Due to the latest developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, we have made the decision to postpone CHEST Congress 2020 Italy.

The congress will take place in Bologna on June 24-26, 2021.

Yes. Your registration will be transferred to the new event dates.

We will contact you directly regarding your participation in the program.

We will contact you directly regarding your participation at the event. If you have any questions, please use the contact form here, selecting Sponsorship and Exhibition as the subject.

All abstract/case report submitters will soon receive notifications regarding the acceptance of their abstract/case report. Accepted authors will be invited to present at the congress in 2021. To recognize your hard work, accepted abstracts and case reports will be published in the CHEST® journal this June, and we are exploring ways to let those authors share them virtually with the world around that time. Further information will be provided shortly.

We are currently working on moving the congress to 2021 and hope that these dates will be suitable for you to attend. The cancellation policy will be communicated on the registration page here. Any changes to the cancellation policy will be communicated on the website and to relevant individuals. We thank you for your understanding and patience.

Please check the cancellation policy of your booking.

If you have a nonrefundable booking, we are working closely with the hotels to find an optimal solution and will send an update shortly.

If you have a refundable booking, we will contact you with options shortly.

If you have any questions, please use the contact form here, selecting Accommodation as the subject.

Please see below a list of the cancellation policy information on some of the major international airlines that provide flights to Bologna.

If your carrier is not listed, please check their respective website for updated information.

Please note that the policies of the different airlines are changing rapidly and CHEST is not responsible for any inaccuracies in the information below.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the website of your ticket provider.

British Airways

You can change the travel date on flight bookings made between Tuesday 3 March and Tuesday 31 March without paying a change booking fee (any fare difference must still be paid).

British Airways Full Policy


No coronavirus-specific policy is in effect at this time, policies are proceeding as normal. Only flights cancelled by Ryanair will be eligible for refund.

Ryanair Full Policy


If you have a ticket issued until March 11th to fly between March 1st and April 30th, you have the ability to change the dates or request a voucher* for the amount of the ticket.

Exceptions: Not valid for flights from April 3rd to 13rd; from April 30th to May 2nd; from June 16th to August 15th; and from October 9th to 12th.


No coronavirus-specific policy is in effect at this time, normal booking terms and conditions apply.

easyJet Full Policy

Air France/KLM

For any booking made before 31 March 2020, you have until 31 May 2020 to postpone your departure date without change fees, subject to availability of the same fare. If the original booking class is no longer available, you will have to pay the fare difference.

If you purchased a refundable ticket before 31 March for a flight scheduled between 3 March and 31 May 2020, you can cancel your trip and request a refund online.

Air France/KLM Full Policy


All passengers who purchased a ticket issued by 3 April for a flight departing from 23 February to 31 May can request the following by 31 May:

  • To change your booking for another trip taking place by 31 December
  • A refund with a voucher of equal value to the ticket purchased, valid for one year, to fly to any destination offered by Alitalia.

The request can also be made after the scheduled date of travel.

Alitalia Full Policy

Lufthansa Group

All tickets booked before or on March 5, 2020, with travel before April 30, 2020 can be rebooked within their original ticket validity period or until a new date of travel up to 31 December 2020 without a change fee. Flights booked between March 6 and 31, 2020 are also eligible for rebooking until December 31. Fare differences apply.

Lufthansa Group Full Policy

If you have any questions, please use the contact form here.

Please select the most relevant subject for your query, and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you.