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Entry requirements for trade fair participants from abroad

​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.

The following questions arise when trade fair participants from abroad are planning to enter Germany:

  • Is an entry possible at all?
  • Do trade fair participants need a visa?
  • Is a COVID-19 test necessary?
  • Do trade fair participants have to undergo quarantine after arriving in Germany?

Can foreign trade fair participants enter Germany?

It is generally possible for trade fair participants from abroad to enter Germany.

No travel restrictions apply for travellers from countries that are not designated as international risk area (see al​so List of risk areas​ and country search on

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:

  • Employees of exhibiting companies must present a confirmation of their participation in the fair from the trade fair organiser.
  • Visitors to the trade fair must present their entry ticket to the trade fair and additionally provide proof of an appointment for a business meeting with at least one exhibitor at the location at the trade fair.

Do trade fair participants need a visa?

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.

Digital registration

A digital registration on entry is to be filled out by all persons entering Germany who spent time in the 10 days prior to entry in a risk area or an area associated with particularly high risk (high-incidence area or area of variants of concern). The application can be reached via the website.

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Test requirement?

All travellers entering Germany on flights from high-risk, high-variant and non-risk areas must provide a negative test result. If travelling by plane, passengers must present a negative Covid-19 test upon departureThe test must be taken no more than 48 hours before arrival in Germany and is checked by the airlines before departure. 

Proof of vaccination or recovery can replace a negative test. This does not apply in the case of a previous stay in an area of variant of concern.

Quarantine obligation? 

The requirement to quarantine applies to arrivals from risk areas and high incidence areas until proof of full vaccination, recovery from an infection or a negative test result is submitted via the entry portal of the Federal Republic of Germany (

For arrivals from high incidence areas, the quarantine period may be ended on the basis of a negative test carried out no earlier than five days after entry. 

All other persons entering Germany following a stay in a risk area, high incidence area or area of variant of concern in the last ten days must proceed directly to their destination following entry and self-isolate for ten days (after a stay in an area of variant of concern 14 days). 

However, quarantine regulations provide 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.


Further detailed information on regulations in force in different federal states is available on our German webpage on entry requirements. Further information on travel regulations are also available at

last update: 25 May 2021

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