FAQs "Safe Expo" Hygiene Concept
The Corona Emergency Ordinance (in German only) has been in force in Saxony since 22 November 2021. According to the Corona Emergency Ordinance, events, trade fairs and congresses are not permitted up to and including 6 February 2022. We remain in regular contact with the authorities. Please visit the homepage of your event for more details.
Which basic measures are included in the hygiene concept?
Contact tracing / registration
To ensure contact tracing, all persons – exhibitors, visitors, service personnel etc. – must be digitally registered at the Leipziger Messe ticket shop when entering the grounds.
Surname, first name, telephone number and e-mail address as well as postal address are recorded. At the event, visitors' tickets are scanned to record the duration of each stay.
For the protection of all involved, persons will only be admitted to events if they can show proof of a negative rapid antigen test from a testing centre (not older than 24 hours), complete vaccination or recovery. (Children under 6 are exempt from testing. Pupils who are tested while attending school may use this proof for admission. The proof must be up to date for the week and must be proven by an appropriate document.)
Please note: If the pre-warning level or overstrain level is reached, then participants must be fully vaccinated or recovered ("2G rule") or be able to show a valid PCR test (not older than 48 hours).
People with physical limitations or people for whom it is impossible or unreasonable to wear a mask for health reasons are also exempt with appropriate proof of exemption from the obligation to wear a mask).
Our events are designed so that a minimum distance of 1.5 metres can be observed at all times.
What are the rules for exhibitors? Do the same rules apply to exhibitors?
The current occupational safety ordinance "SARS-CoV-2-Arbeitsschutzverordnung" (in German only) and the Leipziger Messe "Safe Expo" (PDF, 207 kB) hygiene concept are binding for exhibitors and staff members . Please note that it is the responsibility of exhibitors to ensure that the hygiene and protection regulations are observed at their stand.
Exhibitors or staff members will be admitted to events if they can show proof of a negative rapid antigen test from a testing centre (not older than 24 hours), complete vaccination or recovery.
A protective medical mouth and nose mask must be worn within the grounds. Our events are designed so that a minimum distance of 1.5 metres can be observed at all times.
Please note: Leipziger Messe does not have its own testing centre. You can find an overview of the testing centres on the City of Leipzig website .
Is it compulsory to wear a mask within the grounds?
Yes. At trade fairs, it is compulsory to wear a mask everywhere within the grounds. Visitors can remove masks when staying in one place, eating at a catering facility or in meetings at the exhibition stands, as long as these take place at designated seating areas.
How can social distancing be maintained?
- We use floor markings and directional signage systems to ensure compliance with social distancing regulations and avoid bunching in queues. This is particularly the case in checkout and entrance areas, cloakrooms and catering facilities.
- Entrance and exit areas have been separated. The main aisles at trade fairs have been widened.
- The number of people using the lifts at any one time is restricted.
- The number of chairs at lectures will be determined according to the relevant 7-day incidence or warning level. Overall, the number of people in any lecture room may not exceed the number of chairs available.
What should I do if I contract COVID-19 after visiting an event at Leipziger Messe?
Please inform the public health office immediately. All necessary measures will then be taken.
Tickets / admissions
What do I need for entry to the trade fair grounds?
- The "3G rule" (fully vaccinated, fully recovered or recently tested) applies and it is compulsory to wear a mask. There will be checks on entry as well as within the trade fair grounds.
- If the pre-warning level or overstrain level has not come into effect, then a rapid test from an official testing site (not older than 24 hours) is sufficient.
- If the pre-warning level or overstrain level is reached, then participants must be fully vaccinated or recovered ("2G rule") or be able to show a valid PCR test (not older than 48 hours).
Information on the pre-warning level and overstrain level
According to the latest Corona Protection Ordinance, there are now warning levels related to incidence levels and hospital bed capacity. Should the highest state health authority declare the pre-warning level or overstrain level, there will continue to be contact tracing, compulsory masks and social distancing. IN ADDITION, the "2G rule", which requires participants to be vaccinated, recovered or PCR-tested within the last 48 hours, will then come into effect, making the entry stricter than with the "3G rule".
Do the restrictions on admissions also apply to children?
Children under 6 are exempt from the "3G rule" and from wearing a mask.
Which evidence do pupils need?
Pupils do not need to provide proof of Corona testing under the 3G rule if they are tested weekly for the virus at school. If this weekly testing occurs, age is sufficient as proof, as school attendance is mandatory in Germany. Students who are not tested weekly at school must provide a current rapid antigen test (no older than 24 hours) if not vaccinated or recovered.
Do students have to show their student ID?
No student ID is required for checking the admission rules relating to the "Safe Expo" hygiene measures. However, when checking the eligibility of a discounted ticket "Day Ticket Children", a proof such as a student ID or a document of legitimation must be carried.
Is my ticket only valid on a certain day?
Please visit the event website for more information.
Are there access restrictions? Can the trade fair grounds be shut down or closed at short notice?
- To ensure social distancing, there is a maximum number of people allowed on the trade fair grounds at any one time. The number of visitors is overseen and regulated using technical equipment.
- Since tickets are only available online and in advance, it is possible to estimate the number of visitors in advance and adapt the concept for entry and duration of visits accordingly.
- We are not expecting long waiting times or closure of the trade fair grounds.
Is there a testing centre on the trade fair grounds?
Travel regulations for entry into Germany
What do I need to know when entering Germany?
When entering Germany, please note the following:
- All travelers entering Germany need a negative test or vaccination certificate.
- Entry from high risk areas is only possible after digital registration .
- Vaccinated or recovered visitors, participants and exhibitors from high risk areas are exempt from quarantine, provided that proof has been uploaded during the entry registration.
- Unvaccinated trade fair participants from high risk areas may stay in Germany for up to five days without quarantine requirements. For this purpose, proof of participation in the event must be provided.
- Some airlines have individual regulations.
- When entering the country from so-called virus-variant areas, quarantine is mandatory.
- Germany only recognizes full vaccination with Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Janssen (status: January 2022).
Hotels in Germany are open to exhibitors and visitors to trade fairs and congresses, as business travelers are usually not affected by restrictions. In most German states hotel guests are required to either be be vaccinated, recovered or tested. In COVID-19 hotspots, stricter rules may apply, such as hotel accommodation only for vaccinated or recovered travelers or accommodation bans.
When using local public transport travelers all over Germany have to wear a mask and need to be vaccinated, recovered or tested. So anyone traveling by railroad with Deutsche Bahn, local train, urban railway, bus, subway, streetcar or airplane must follow these rules. The test result of a rapid antigen test must not be older than 24 hours, a negative test result of a PCR test must not be older than 48 hours.
Detailed information is available at: www.leipziger-messe.de/safeexpo
The latest information on safety measures for each event can be found on the event's website.
Last updated: January 2022