Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, international travel is severely restricted. AUMA advocates a swift opening of the German borders for trade fair participants in order to restore the internationality of the leading German trade fairs.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.
Open borders and the smoothest possible international travel are therefore essential for German trade fairs. International travel is severely restricted by the corona 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.
It is generally possible for trade fair participants from abroad to enter Germany.
No travel restrictions apply for travellers from EU member states and from countries on the
Trade fair participants from all other countries can also enter Germany, as they are considered business travellers with an urgent need to travel.
Trade fair participants from these countries must provide proof of their participation in the trade fair when applying for a visa or respectively when entering Germany:
Citizens from countries requiring a visa who travel to Germany to visit a trade fair or exhibit at a trade fair require a business travel visa. Employees of exhibiting companies are exempt from the visa fee.
In Germany, quarantine regulations are issued by the individual federal states. According to these, people entering Germany from a risk area are currently generally exempt from the quarantine obligation if they enter with a negative corona test. Before entering the country, trade fair participants should check which quarantine and testing obligations apply in the respective federal state they are entering.
On 14.10.2020 a new model quarantine regulation was agreed. The model represents a joint recommendation for all states wishing to issue quarantine regulations and is intended to ensure that regulations are as uniform as possible throughout Germany.
The model quarantine regulation provides in principle for a 10-day quarantine for everybody entering the country from risk areas. However, the model quarantine regulation provides for exceptions for trade fair participants, since business travellers are excluded from the general quarantine obligation, if the entry is verifiably job-related, absolutely necessary and cannot be postponed. For them a quarantine obligation does not apply if they stay for up to five days and a negative test result is provided. The test may not be performed earlier than 48 hours before entry or immediately upon entry.
Accordingly, most federal states provide, that in the case of absolutely necessary business trips - up to five days - such as participation in trade fairs - the basic quarantine obligation does not apply if a negative test is available.
Further detailed information on regulations in force in different federal states is available on our German webpage on entry requirements.
last update: 16 November 2020
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