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We are looking forward to your visit to the Frankfurter Buchmesse. This page contains the most relevant information on the subject of visas for the Fair, as well as links to the most important official websites.

Please note that, as a rule, you no longer require an official invitation letter by the fair organiser in order to obtain a visa.
Further information below:

Invitation letter for Frankfurter Buchmesse

In a directive transmitted per e-mail in July 2013, the German Foreign Office has informed the German Embassy and Consulate Visa Sections all over the world that in general, an official invitation letter from the trade fair organizer is no longer required when applying for a trade fair visa. Moreover, visa fees are waived for exhibitors at German trade fairs.

In a directive transmitted per e-mail in July 2013, the German Foreign Office has informed the German Embassy and Consulate Visa Sections all over the world that in general, an official invitation letter from the trade fair organizer is no longer required when applying for a trade fair visa. Moreover, visa fees are waived for exhibitors at German trade fairs.

When applying for your visa, simply refer to this information. In case the visa section responsible for issuing your visa should nonetheless request that an official invitation letter be presented, please send an e-mail to: visa@buchmesse.de

Additional information about visa procedures, requirements for the issue of visas, visa fees and application forms are available in different languages on the website of the Foreign Office, as well as the respective websites of the embassies and consulates. Frequently asked questions regarding visa matters are available here.

Federal Foreign Office - Visa regulations

Visa required

Generally speaking, residents of countries in the EU do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany. For residents of several other countries, on the other hand, a visa is required to enter Germany.

Generally speaking, residents of countries in the EU do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany. For residents of several other countries, on the other hand, a visa is required to enter Germany.

To ensure you obtain your visa before the trade fair starts, we recommend that you submit your visa application in due time. Applications can be made as early as three months before the time of entry.

An up-to-date list of all countries that do and do not require a visa is available from the German Foreign Office. Specific visa requirements for your country can be found on the website of the German Missions abroad.

Federal Foreign Office - Overview of visa requirements/exemptions

Issuing of visas

The decision to issue visas lies exclusively with the German embassies and consulates-general.

The decision to issue visas lies exclusively with the German embassies and consulates-general.

Exhibitors, trade visitors and journalists from countries requiring a visa must contact the respective German embassy or consulate general in good time to find out about the special local conditions.

During peak travel periods, very long waiting periods can occur before an application can be submitted to the German mission abroad. You should therefore arrange an application date in good time. Information on the appointment allocation system can also be found on the websites of the foreign missions. When making appointments, please make sure to provide complete and correct information to ensure admission on the agreed date. Information on the required documents can also be found on the website of your local embassy or consulate.

Please note the customs regulations for entry to Germany and the EU Special customs regulations apply to cash, cheques and securities.

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Visa for journalists

Frankfurter Buchmesse will no longer be providing invitation letters for visa as this is not required by the German embassies.

Frankfurter Buchmesse will no longer be providing invitation letters for visa as this is not required by the German embassies.

In case the authorities responsible for issuing your visa still require the submission of an official letter of invitation, please send an e-mail to visa@buchmesse.de.

We are only able to issue invitation letters to accredited journalists. Please make sure you provide proof of your accreditation when you contact us, and we will process your request as soon as possible

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Rules on travel to Germany

Depending on the pandemic situation in Germany and in your country of origin, different regulations may apply for entering and leaving Germany.

Depending on the pandemic situation in Germany and in your country of origin, different regulations may apply for entering and leaving Germany.

Please find up-to-date information on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health Germany  and on the website of the German Federal Government.

 

 

Exhibitors and visitors from China

Our office in Beijing are also available for exhibitors and trade visitors from the region.

Our office in Beijing are also available for exhibitors and trade visitors from the region.

BIZ Peking
German Book Information Centre (BIZ Peking)
Mrs Mingli Zhang
1870 Beijing Sunflower Tower
No. 37 Maizidian Street
100125 Beijing
China

+86 10 852 767 98

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