latest updates 13/06/22: As of June 11 all COVID-19 related entry restrictions are lifted.01/06/22: Germany recognizes vaccines approved by World Health Organization, proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test upon entry no longer necessary as of 01/06/2203/04/22: Access restrictions for trade fairs are lifted.03/03/22: All risk areas worldwide are eliminated.
Citizens from countries with visa requirement who travel to Germany to visit a trade fair or exhibit need a business visa. Employees of exhibiting companies are exempt from the visa fee.
The competitive advantage of German trade fairs is their internationality: trade fairs bring the world markets to Germany. Around 60% of the approximately 180,000 exhibitors each year come from abroad, a third of them from countries outside Europe. Almost 30% of the 10 million visitors come from abroad. Therefore, AUMA advocates open borders for trade fair participants.
Open borders and the smoothest possible international travel are therefore essential for German trade fairs. International travel is partially restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, trade fair participants from abroad must carefully inform themselves about the entry requirements before their trip.
Participants from non-EU countries play an important role at German trade fairs.
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