latest updates 07/04/23: Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations expires.22/02/23: No risk areas worldwide anymore, therefore test obligation for China removed09/01/23: Exception China: test obligation before entering Germany13/06/22: 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.
Since June 11, 2022, COVID-19 related entry restrictions to Germany are lifted. A proof of vaccination, proof of convalescence, proof of testing or proof of trade fair participation is no longer required to enter Germany. On April 7, 2023 the ordinance on coronavirus entry regulations will expire. Consequently no COVID-19 entry restrictions will be possible anymore.
Persons residing in the People's Republic of China continue to require an important reason to enter Germany, so that trade fair participants must still prove their exhibitor or visitor status when applying for a visa. (see also information from German embassy here)
From January 9, 2023 to February 21, 2023 it was mandatory for travelers entering Germany from China to present a negative corona test upon departure.
Further information on the German entry regulations specifically applicable to China is available on the website of the German Embassy in Beijing.
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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