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 countries that are not designated as international risk area (see also
https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html and country search on https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de).
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.
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 https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de website.
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 departure. There are no exceptions for people who have already been vaccinated. The test must be taken no more than 48 hours before arrival in Germany and is checked by the airlines before departure.
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.
The quarantine regulations of the federla states provide in principle for a 10-day quarantine for everybody entering the country from risk areas. 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.
Some federal states exempt fully vaccinated travellers from quarantine obligations.
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. Further information on travel regulations are also available at https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/coronavirus/2317268.
last update: 26 April 2021
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