ITB Berlin Adds further Safety Measures as Show Takes off Next Week

ITB Berlin, events, MICE, Coronavirus

(Photo: Messe Berlin)

As the world’s largest tourism show ITB Berlin will take place from March 4 to 8, further measures have been adopted by authorities in Germany to be sure that this major event for world tourism will offer the best possible safe environment to visitors. 

As has been instructed by the local public health authorities all exhibitors at ITB Berlin are required to fill out a declaration (PDF, 300.4 kB). This declaration is a condition for access to the exhibition grounds and serves to identify persons belonging to a COVID 19 risk group.

The risk group criteria are as follows:

  • A recent stay in one of the risk areas as defined by the Robert Koch Institute (within the last 14 days):
    • China: Hubei Province (including the city of Wuhan) and the cities of Wenzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Taizhou in Zhejiang Province.
    • Iran: Qom Province
    • Italy: Province of Lodi in the region of Lombardy and the city of Vo in the Province of Padua in the region of Veneto.
    • South Korea: Gyeongsangbuk-do (North Gyeongsang Province)

The list of risk areas is being regularly updated by the Robert Koch Institute. Updates can be found on the website: www.rki.de

  • During the last 14 days contact with persons who have tested positive for an infection with SARS-CoV-2.
  • Any signs of typical symptoms, i.e. fever, coughing or breathing difficulties.

Anyone belonging to the risk group or who refuses to fill out the declaration will not be admitted to ITB Berlin.

This is a precautionary measure in order to protect those participating in ITB Berlin and the public in general. The Federal Ministry of Health and the Robert Koch Institute have assessed that the health risk in Germany remains low to moderate.

Currently, no restrictions on entry to Germany have been imposed on Chinese, Asian or Italian citizens. The decision taken at an extraordinary meeting of the council of EU health ministers still applies. Accordingly, before arriving in EU countries air travellers may be asked if they have been in coronavirus-infected regions or have come into contact with infected persons.

We regret any inconvenience caused. However, the safety and health of all visitors and exhibitors at ITB Berlin has the utmost priority for us, and we are following the instructions of the relevant public health authorities to ensure that. So far, coronavirus cases in Germany were detected in Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia.

For that reason, in order to protect exhibitors and visitors our cleaning and disinfection measures will remain in place. All participants are also advised to observe the hygiene measures recommended by the Robert Koch Institute: regular and thorough washing of hands, as well as avoiding coughing, sneezing and shaking hands.