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ITB Berlin 2022: Hygiene & Safety

David Ruetz

David Ruetz
Exhibition Director
ITB Berlin

We look forward to reopening again live with you at ITB Berlin 2022!

After the entirely virtual edition of ITB Berlin 2021, the time has finally come: in 2022 the World’s Leading Travel Show is back live in Berlin, with an in-person event and virtual services to make ITB Berlin a real worldwide experience again.

Recent months have shown how important face-to-face meetings between people are. Events such as ours are the heartbeat of the industry. As exhibitors and trade visitors you are in the middle of the action. In 2022 one thing will be vital: your meetings must be as safe and successful as they possibly can.

Your health and safety are our utmost priority

In these times, events require special safety and hygiene measures. We promise you that our focus is on safeguarding your health. Our aim is clear: creating an environment as safely and expertly as possibly to enable the travel industry and your business to flourish again. To achieve this we are in regular contact with the relevant public health authorities of the Land of Berlin.

You can find out more here about questions regarding safety and hygiene. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or suggestions.

We, the team of ITB Berlin, are available 24/7.

FAQs Exhibitors

Due to the current regulatory situation, only fully vaccinated or recovered participants will be granted access to events until further notice (2G rule).

Thus, according to the current legal situation, exhibitors and visitors of ITB Berlin 2022 must either have recently recovered, be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine approved in the EU or an equivalent vaccine approved by the EU and be able to digitally prove the recovered or vaccinated status.

2G stands for "vaccinated" and "recovered". Accordingly, only persons who are considered recovered or vaccinated according to the current legal situation may be present. Proof of vaccination or recovery from SARS-CoV-2 will be verified at the entrance during ticket inspection. Please be sure to bring a photo ID as well.

The following are currently considered vaccinated for the purposes of the 2G regulation:

  • Individuals who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine approved by the European Union and whose second vaccination was at least 14 days ago. EU-approved vaccines currently include Moderna (Spikevax), BionTech/Pfizer (Comirnaty), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria/Covishield), and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).
  • Individuals vaccinated in a third country outside the EU with a vaccine equivalent to an EU-approved vaccine. For guidance on which vaccines licensed in third countries correspond to vaccines licensed in the EU, the list of the Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedical Products can be consulted.

Currently, the following are considered recovered for the purposes of the 2G rule.

  • Individuals who provide evidence of a positive SARS-CoV-2 PCR test that is no more than 6 months and at least 28 days old. If the positive PCR test result is more than six months old, evidence must also be provided that at least one vaccination against Covid-19 has been received with a vaccine approved by the European Union and that the last vaccination was at least 14 days ago.

Based on the applicable Berlin Infection Protection Measures Ordinance, we can only grant access to the exhibition grounds to those persons who present a digital EU vaccination certificate or a digital EU certificate of convalescence or a digital vaccination certificate or a digital certificate of convalescence that complies with the EU Digital COVID Certificate System. A vaccination book or other certificate without a readable QR code of the EU Digital COVID Certificate System is not sufficient as a visual check.

Yes. This is done as part of the personalized tickets. Logging in via the Luca app or similar is not required.

You must provide proof of a positive SARS-CoV-2 PCR test that is no more than 6 months and at least 28 days old. If you have a positive PCR test result that is more than six months old, you must also provide proof that you have received at least one vaccination against Covid-19 with a vaccine approved by the European Union and whose last vaccination was at least 14 days ago.

If you have been vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the required two-week interval, you are considered fully vaccinated. However, if you have been vaccinated with a vaccine that requires two vaccinations, you will be considered not fully vaccinated and therefore unfortunately will not be able to participate in the ITB Berlin.

For vaccines currently approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), full vaccine protection is provided within two weeks of the second vaccination (or first vaccination for Johnson & Johnson).

No. At this time, under current regulations, a third vaccination is not mandatory.

Currently, it is mandatory for participants under 2G to wear a mouth-nose covering (at least a medical face mask, so-called surgical mask) in all closed rooms and halls on the event site.

2G is valid from the last set-up day as well as at the Official Opening Ceremony of ITB Berlin (Tuesday, 08 March 2022). For the pure set-up and dismantling phase we strongly advise to consider the 3G rules (recovered, tested, vaccinated). For set-up and dismantling, the obligation to wear a mouth-nose covering applies. In addition, it should be checked whether the number of people working at the same time can be reduced, so that unnecessary encounter risks can be minimized. Possibilities for this are:

  • equalization of time
  • Formation of smaller working groups with clearly defined working areas
  • if possible, "location-fixed" assignment of personnel

Within the framework of the existing hygiene and safety concept (MB framework concept), each event is considered individually and an event-related action plan (VA concept) is coordinated accordingly. In view of the volatile developments surrounding the Corona pandemic, the measures are continuously reviewed and adapted.

Messe Berlin hygiene and safety concept

FAQ Hygiene and Safety for Participants – Visitors and Exhibitors

During events, optimum control of ventilation in all enclosed spaces/halls, with the aim of providing an adequate air exchange rate (depending on outside conditions), is guaranteed by Messe Berlin’s technical installations. During construction / dismantling at events, if 50 or more persons are present at any one time in a hall, or depending on individual circumstances, a decision will be taken as to when and for how long (ventilation / air exchange rate) air-conditioning systems will be employed to assist ventilation.

We point out that you, as an exhibiting company, are obliged to inform yourself in advance of participation in ITB Berlin about the currently valid regulations, laws, ordinances and other decrees issued in connection with the containment of SARS-CoV-2 and to comply with them. You are also obliged to observe the hygiene and safety concept issued by Messe Berlin for ITB Berlin which are available for inspection here.

You are responsible for ensuring that third parties commissioned by you are informed of the regulations and measures to be observed and comply with them. You are also responsible for complying with the applicable hygiene and safety regulations at your stand

The technical guidelines of Messe Berlin GmbH continue to apply unchanged.

Certainly many exhibitors will use existing exhibition stands, but these can also be adapted to the changed requirements with simple measures. Here are a few tips for the exhibition stand:

  • Plan your stand generously (open space) that a potential minimum distance will be guaranteed at all times for activities on the stand. Avoid unnecessary bottlenecks.
  • If possible, consider the minimum distance from the hall aisles for reception counters and exhibit presentations.
  • Arrange exhibits and presentation areas (e.g. LED walls) on the stand in a way that the minimum distance between visitors can be maintained and accumulations are avoided.
  • Two-storey stands should have wide stairs or stairs with one-way traffic (if necessary, tape or mark the floor).
  • Rooms closed at the top are not recommended. Rooms in which visitor traffic takes place should be designed so that there is sufficient air exchange. At least complete ventilation should be guaranteed.
  • Adequately dimensioned lounging and visiting areas should be planned.
  • Make seating areas and meeting rooms spacious.
  • Hand disinfectants as well as disposable face masks must be made available on the exhibition stand.
  • Smooth, wipeable surfaces are easier to clean.

After registering as an exhibitor you can book a stand cleaning service in the usual way. Based on your individual requirements and subject to an additional charge you can also order an additional cleaning (e.g. disinfection) service. This includes regular cleaning of table and counter surfaces, equipment such as writing utensils or microphones, which should be disinfected each time after use. We also expressly recommend keeping an adequate supply of hand sanitiser for stand personnel and visitors. We also request that as an exhibitor you name an employee to act as the contact responsible for ensuring hygiene and distancing rules are observed.

FAQs Visitors

Due to the current regulatory situation, only fully vaccinated or recovered participants will be granted access to events until further notice (2G rule).

Thus, according to the current legal situation, exhibitors and visitors of ITB Berlin 2022 must either have recently recovered, be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine approved in the EU or an equivalent vaccine approved by the EU and be able to digitally prove the recovered or vaccinated status.

2G stands for "vaccinated" and "recovered". Accordingly, only persons who are considered recovered or vaccinated according to the current legal situation may be present. Proof of vaccination or recovery from SARS-CoV-2 will be verified at the entrance during ticket inspection. Please be sure to bring a photo ID as well.

The following are currently considered vaccinated for the purposes of the 2G regulation:

  • Individuals who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine approved by the European Union and whose second vaccination was at least 14 days ago. EU-approved vaccines currently include Moderna (Spikevax), BionTech/Pfizer (Comirnaty), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria/Covishield), and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).
  • Individuals vaccinated in a third country outside the EU with a vaccine equivalent to an EU-approved vaccine. For guidance on which vaccines licensed in third countries correspond to vaccines licensed in the EU, the list of the Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedical Products can be consulted.

Currently, the following are considered recovered for the purposes of the 2G rule.

  • Individuals who provide evidence of a positive SARS-CoV-2 PCR test that is no more than 6 months and at least 28 days old. If the positive PCR test result is more than six months old, evidence must also be provided that at least one vaccination against Covid-19 has been received with a vaccine approved by the European Union and that the last vaccination was at least 14 days ago.

Based on the applicable Berlin Infection Protection Measures Ordinance, we can only grant access to the exhibition grounds to those persons who present a digital EU vaccination certificate or a digital EU certificate of convalescence or a digital vaccination certificate or a digital certificate of convalescence that complies with the EU Digital COVID Certificate System. A vaccination book or other certificate without a readable QR code of the EU Digital COVID Certificate System is not sufficient as a visual check.

Children under the age of 18 are exempt from the 2G rule. However, they must show a current negative test result. The following regulations apply to children and young people visiting ITB Berlin:

  • Under 6 years | No obligation to provide proof
  • From 6 years | Must be tested. For students and daycare center children who are subject to regular testing while attending school or daycare, presentation of the student ID card or a declaration from the daycare center is considered proof of testing according to the Berlin Infection Prevention Measures Ordinance.

If you received a Johnson & Johnson jab two or more weeks ago, then you are classified as fully vaccinated. However, if the vaccine you received requires a second jab, then you are classified as not fully vaccinated and unfortunately cannot attend ITB Berlin.

In respect of vaccines currently approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), full protection exists two weeks after the second jab (Johnson & Johnson – single vaccination).

No. At present, and in line with the latest directives, booster jabs will not be required

You must supply proof of a positive PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 issued between 28 days and 6 months ago. If the positive PCR test was over six months ago, you must also supply proof of at least one Covid-19 jab with a vaccine approved by the European Union and that you received your last jab at least 14 days ago.

Currently, it is mandatory for participants under 2G to wear a mouth-nose covering (at least a medical face mask, so-called surgical mask) in all closed rooms and halls on the event site.

Only personalized online tickets will be offered for ITB Berlin 2022. Please purchase your tickets in advance in our ticket shop.

Yes. This is done as part of the personalized tickets. Logging in via the Luca app or similar is not required.

Part of the event-related hygiene and safety concept is a concrete cleaning and hygiene plan. As part of this, in addition to the regular cleaning and disinfection of toilet facilities, door handles and handrails, mobile stations for hand disinfection are located at the entrances to the premises, as well as in the toilet facilities themselves. In addition, we instruct participants on appropriate hand hygiene and compliance with cough and sneeze etiquette.

During events, optimum control of ventilation in all enclosed spaces/halls, with the aim of providing an adequate air exchange rate (depending on outside conditions), is guaranteed by Messe Berlin’s technical installations. During construction / dismantling at events, if 50 or more persons are present at any one time in a hall, or depending on individual circumstances, a decision will be taken as to when and for how long (ventilation / air exchange rate) air-conditioning systems will be employed to assist ventilation.

Messe Berlin guarantees immediate medical care by trained first-aid personnel and appropriate facilities on site at all events. Please refer to the hall plan of the respective event for the exact location of the first-aid station.

If symptoms such as cough or fever occur prior to your visit to the trade fair, we advise all participants as well as exhibitors, employees and service providers not to enter the trade fair grounds and to consult a doctor immediately.

In case of emergency on the exhibition grounds:

  • First aid by a DRK (German Red Cross) doctor.
  • Phone: +49 30 3038-2222

In case of emergency outside the exhibition grounds:

  • Berlin hotline for suspected Covid 19: +49 30 90 28 28 8 (8.00-20.00 hrs.)
  • Hotline "Medical on-call service": +49 116 117
  • in case of emergency only: 112
  • Local doctors in Berlin (most speak English)

Remember: Call and inform about suspected Covid-19 before visiting a medical support center.

Messe Berlin and the coronavirus outbreak

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic special safety and hygiene measures have become necessary in order to hold trade fairs and guest events. The focus here is on the health and safety of our customers, visitors and employees. We are in close contact with the relevant public health authorities of the Land of Berlin and our measures follow the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute. The Berlin Senate provides up-to-the-minute information on containing the pandemic on its own website.