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Our answers to your questions about Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020

Special times require a special fair. Our goal is to work together with our exhibitors, participants and visitors to make the best possible Frankfurter Buchmesse, considering the circumstances.

Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the physical and digital Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020. Over time, we will continue to update and expand on this webpage.

Last update: 26 June 2020

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Table of contents

1. Dates and opening times

When will Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020 take place?

Frankfurter Buchmesse will take place from 14 to 18 October 2020. Opening times will remain the same as in the past.   

2. Exhibition stands

I would like to change the size of my stand. What do I need to be aware of? 

Please contact your customer representative. Note: There will be no fees this year if you choose to reduce the size of your stand.  

What is the smallest possible stand size? 

The smallest possible stand is 8 sqm. Exhibitors who have booked 4 sqm stands this year will receive an additional 4 sqm free of charge in order to meet social-distancing requirements. 

This year I would like a System stand instead of my own custom-built stand.  

This is possible, of course. Please contact your customer representative for details. 

I want to book a stand. What must I do? 

To book a stand, please use the forms available here: Exhibit

Can I rent only a table for a day? 

For the first time you have the possibility to rent a workspace in all halls. You can book your workspace right here

You will find further offers under Tables & Joint Exhibitions.

In general, there are various, very flexible options for participating in the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020. Please speak to your customer adviser or contact the Service Centre.

I have my own custom-built stand – can I use it? 

Yes, if you adhere to the current changed specifications, which are laid down in our addition to the Technical Regulations, the Exhibitor requirements with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I would like a System Stand Deluxe. 

Please speak with your customer representative.  

What does a stand cost at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020?  

The price list is available here.

Are there any changes regarding the stand size?

The smallest possible stand area will be 8 m². Exhibitors who have booked 4 m² will receive an additional 4 m² at no extra cost. All other stand sizes will also be increased free of charge according to a staggered model in order to implement the distance regulation: 

  • 4 or 8 sqm plus 4 sqm 
  • 12 to 24 sqm plus 8 sqm 
  • 25 to 40 sqm plus 12 sqm 
  • 41 to 100 sqm plus 20 sqm 
  • 101 to 200 sqm plus 40 sqm 
  • From 201 sqm plus 60 sqm 

In addition, 1.5 metres of the aisle width in front of each stand will be added as an additional communication area.  The aisle width in the halls is between 6 and 8 metres.

What are the deadlines for booking a stand? 

All bookings that have been made or that have not been cancelled by 19 June 2020 will be given priority in terms of location. All bookings received after 19 June 2020 will be assigned a location based on the remaining available space. 

3. Safety and hygiene measures

What are the safety and hygiene measures being implemented by Frankfurter Buchmesse? 

Here you will find the safety and hygiene concept for the Frankfurt Book Fair 2020, which was developed together with Messe Frankfurt and approved by the Health Department of the City of Frankfurt am Main. 

Please also note the supplements to the Technical Regulations, which we have summarised in the leaflet, Exhibitor requirements with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic

Will Covid-19 testing be done at the entrances to the fair? 

The measures taking place on the fairgrounds will be determined by the relevant authorities based on the current situation and will be implemented according to their instructions. Updated information will be available on our website on an ongoing basis. 

As an exhibitor, which safety requirements must I adhere to? 

Please note the supplements to the Technical Regulations, the leaflet Exhibitor requirements with respect to the COVID 19 pandemic, which Messe Frankfurt has compiled in accordance with the currently valid regulations. All exhibitors will receive detailed information on the safety regulations in September by e-mail.

Which safety requirements must I adhere to when putting up and taking down my stand? 

We will send you an email in September containing detailed information on this topic. 

I have an XYsqm stand - how many people can be at my stand at the same time? 

According to current regulations, only as many people may be present on the stand at any one time as is necessary to ensure that the minimum distance between people of 1.5 m is maintained at all times.

The maximum number of persons on your stand must be determined by yourself, depending on the equipment and construction of the stand area. It is not possible to make a blanket specification for certain stand sizes. 

A communication area of 1.5 m depth along the entire length of the stand is added to each stand. Visitors* can wait here if the stand is too full.  The communication area is part of the aisle and may not be built on or furnished with furniture. 

Are visitors allowed to leaf through the books at our stand as usual?

The handling of books at the stand is based on the current practice in German bookshops. This means that visitors have the opportunity to look at and leaf through books. For weekend sales, books can also be kept on display in foil. If individual titles are picked up frequently, they can be wiped with a disinfecting cloth at the discretion of the stand personnel.

4. Cancellations

I would like to cancel my stand or workspace. 

Please contact your customer representative.  

Which deadlines apply for cancelling? 

You may cancel your stand or workspace at any time. 

What conditions apply if I cancel? 

If you cancel your stand or workspace by 15 August 2020, Frankfurter Buchmesse will refund 100 percent of the rental fee as a gesture of goodwill.

If Frankfurter Buchmesse decides to cancel the book fair, all contracts between FBM and its customers will become invalid. In that case, FBM will refund 100 percent of the rental fee and any additional services that have been booked from FBM.  

Can I have payments made for 2020 credited to 2021? 

Yes, that is possible. Please speak with your customer representative. 

5. Attendance at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020

How many exhibitors will be attending the fair? Which exhibitors have cancelled? 

Due to the travel restrictions currently in place, exhibitors from North America and Asia will be able to attend Frankfurter Buchmesse only to a limited extent. We expect a large share of exhibitors from Europe. 

Which countries will be present in Frankfurt this year? 

We will be able to provide more information on this topic in mid-July.

6. Halls in use at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020

Which plan is being implemented for the halls at the book fair? 

Information about the halls you will find here: (please scroll) 

Which halls will be used? 

At the current planning stage, halls 3.0, 3.1, 4.0, 4.1, 6.0, 6.1 will be used.

Which centres and thematic areas will be present on the fairgrounds?  (Status as of the end of May) 

Stationery & Gifts:                                                                                 Hall 3.0 

Frankfurt Kids:                                                                                        Hall 3.0 

Audio Business Lounge:                                                                        Hall 3.1 

ILC – International Library Centre:                                                      Hall 4.0 

EDU Business Hub und Academic Business Hub:                               Hall 4.0 

Press Centre:                                                                                           Hall 4.2 

Literary Agents & Scouts Centre:                                                         Hall 6.1 

Which stages will be present on the fairgrounds? 

Due to hygiene regulations, large stage events will not be taking place at this year’s book fair. Numerous events will be held throughout the city. Exhibitors have the option of booking conference rooms or holding events at their stand. For further details, please contact your customer representative.  

What area will my stand be located in? 

It is planned to send out final information on stand numbers in mid-July

7. Catering

Which catering services will be available? 

It is currently planned to offer catering on the Agora, the open space between the halls. Actual catering services will reflect the safety and hygiene requirements in force in October. We will provide updates on an ongoing basis. 

8. Digital services

Which digital services (e.g. virtual stands) will be available for exhibitors? 

Details are still being worked out. Information on digital services will be available shortly.

9. Book sales

Will book sales take place in 2020? 

Book sales will be possible on Saturday and Sunday during the fair, subject to current safety and hygiene requirements. 

Terms of payment

What about the reduction in VAT?

The German government has decided to reduce the VAT rates from 19% to 16% for six months. You will receive further information on the effects on your already paid and still outstanding invoices here shortly.