When will IFA 2013 take place?
From 6 to 11 September 2013 in Berlin.
What ist the planned date for IFA 2014?
IFA 2014 will take place from 5 to 10 September 2014.
What are the opening hours of IFA?
IFA is open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Trade visitors can enter the International Trade Visitor Reception starting at 8 a.m.
How many times has the IFA taken place?
2013 the 53nd IFA will take place. For more information about the history of the IFA, have a look at our Chronicle.
What is the exact address of the Berlin Exhibition Site?
Messe Berlin GmbH, Messedamm 22, 14055 Berlin, Germany
Who is the organizer of IFA?
IFA is organized by The German Association for Entertainment and Communications Electronics (gfu) in cooperation with Messe Berlin.
Are children allowed to attend the IFA by themselves?
Children who have not yet reached age 15 are only allowed to enter the fairgrounds if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Exceptions apply only if explicitly stated on postings at the ticket office.
How can I reach the Berlin Exhibition Site?
The best way to reach the Berlin Exhibition Site is with public transport. For detailed information, please click here: EXHIBITOR-SERVICE > Travel-Service > Your-way-to-IFA.
Are there IFA travel packages?
Messe Berlin's foreign representatives have put together special travel packages for visitors from their respective countries. Our local partners in Berlin are also looking forward to help you. Further information are available on EXHIBITOR-SERVICE > Travel-Service > Your-way-to-IFA.
Are there shuttle buses to the Berlin Exhibition Site?
Yes, there are free shuttle buses to IFA from Tegel airport and the Park+Ride parking lot at Berlin's Olympic Stadium. Shuttle plan (PDF, 327.8 kB)
Is there parking available near the Berlin Exhibition Site?
In principle, we can only recommend to use public transport, as parking possibilities in the area are limited.
Do I need a sticker for the new Environmental Zone when arriving by car?
An Environmental Zone came into force in Berlin starting 1 January 2008. The exhibition site and ICC are located outside the Environmental Zone. Visitors arriving by car via the motorway system and entering the exhibition site directly via the interchange marked "Messegelände/Messedamm" are outside the zone and do not require a sticker. Additional details can be found on VISITOR-SERVICE > Travel-Service > Your-way-to-IFA.
What are the construction and dismantling dates?
Stand construction starts 26 August 2013 at 7 a.m. (an earlier start is possible on request and in case of availability of the hall and with additional costs). Stand construction ends 5 September 2013, open end.
Dismantling period is from 12 to 15 September 2013.
Construction and dismantling work may take place from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (longer hours are possible after application and with additional costs). For further information please check the IFA Application Form - Conditions of Participation (PDF, 1.8 MB) (Items 5 and 20)
How many exhibitor badges do we obtain?
Exhibitor badges for exhibitors and their employees valid for the duration of the show will be issued as follows:
For stands up to 20m² - 3 badges
For each additional 10m² - 1 badge
(double-storied structure excluded)
If additional exhibitor badges are required they can be ordered using form "Exhibitor Passes" from the Exhibitor Service Manual.
For further information please check the IFA Application Form - Conditions of Participation (PDF, 1.8 MB) (Items 16).
How can we obtain trade visitor vouchers?
Exhibitors can order all required trade visitors vouchers using the form "Ticket Vouchers" from the Exhibitor Service Manual. Only vouchers which were actually redeemed will be charged.
How many parking vouchers can be ordered?
Parking space within the exhibition site and in the direct neighbourhood can be rented depending on availability. They can be ordered using the form "Parking space for exhibitors" from the Exhibitor Service Manual. Parking vouchers are only issued for the entire duration of the event.
As an exhibitor you require materials to be delivered to your stand?
Please provide the following information:
Exhibitor: Company name + hall + booth + mobile phone number
c/o Messegelände der Messe Berlin / IFA
Please note that you will be required to be present on the stand in order to take delivery of the material. It is therefore advisable to provide the forwarding company with your mobile phone number.
How much is the stand rental?
Rent is charged per square meter, depending on the type of stand: for row booths, the price for 2013 is 191.00 Euro/m²; for corner stands, 219.00 Euro/m²; for head stands, 237.00 Euro/m²; and block stands cost 256.00 Euro/m². In addition, there is a flat-rate Utility charge of 9.80 Euro/m², an AUMA-fee of 0,60 Euro/m² and one-off-fee for the Promotion Package. Additional information can be found in the IFA application form (PDF, 1.6 MB) for exhibitors.
What else do I need to order?
All services relevant to participating in the trade fair, like waste disposal, installation of electrical equipment, telecommunications and hotel/room reservations, have to be ordered separately. Please use the order forms available as downloads on the IFA website in the section Exhibitor - Services.
Do we need exhibitor badges for our stand personnel?
Stand personnel must have exhibitor badges. The badge is valid for the entire duration of the IFA, starting with the stand construction. Furthermore, the holder can access the exhibition site already two hours before the official opening of the show. This is not the case with day-tickets for public or trade visitors. Additional badges can be ordered using form "Additional construction/ dismantling passes" from the Exhibitor Service Manual.
Whom can I contact for additional stand personnel?
Capital Services GmbH (CSG), a subsidiary of Messe Berlin GmbH, would be pleased to help you arrange hostesses and hosts; use the form "Hostesses, Hosts" from the Exhibitor Service Manual.
Personnel for stand construction and removal, as well as staff for your stand, are available from the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (German Employment Office) in Berlin.
Address: Agentur für Arbeit Berlin Nord
Tel.: +49 (0)30/555572-1204
Fax: +49 (0)30/555572-1999
during the trade fairs also reachable in Hall 13, Tel.: +49 (0)30/3038-5730
Or simply use the form "Staff Placement" from the Exhibitor Service Manual.
We are exhibitors and would like to know how we can announce our own event in the IFA event search and the event brochure.
Please send us an e-mail with the name of your event, as well as the date, time, location and a brief description. Don't forget that you are required to register all events which take place in the evening; please use the respective form from the Exhibitor Service Manual.
Where do I find a complete list of all IFA exhibitors?
You can find all exhibitors from the previous IFA at the Virtual Market Place® . You can search according to a variety of parameters, including exhibitor name or industry. Starting July 2013, data from the exhibitors from IFA 2013 will be available. Please note that all data are constantly updated
Where can I get tickets for IFA?
We recommend to order IFA tickets at our online ticketshop, where you can take advantage of advance booking conditions. Starting on the first day of IFA, your tickets will be available at any box office on the exhibition site. More information about ticket prices can be found on VISITOR-SERVICE > Ticketshop.
If you are not from Germany please contact directly the foreign representatives of Messe Berlin in your country. Our representatives will help you to buy tickets and support you with your travel preparations to Germany.
Do you offer free entrance for children?
Yes, children up to 6 years can enter the IFA without a ticket.
Our school class would like to order group tickets for the IFA. What are the advantages of group tickets?
School classes including teachers can purchase tickets for EUR 35.00. Furthermore, for pupils planning a visit there is the possibility to purchase a pupil ticket for only EUR 6.50. More information about ticket prices can be found on VISITOR-SERVICE > Ticketshop.
Do you offer free entrance for wheelchair users escorts?
Does the IFA ticket include free public transport within the Berlin?
No! IFA tickets or exhibitor badges do NOT entitle to use Berlin public transport like busses, metro or suburban trains for free.
You are a trade visitor, if you can affirm one of the following statements:
What are my benefits as a trade visitor?
At IFA trade visitors receive an extensive range of services. For detailed information please visit the section Trade Visitors on the IFA website.
How can I register as a trade visitor?
Registration as a trade visitor takes place automatically with either the purchase of a trade visitor ticket or the submission of a ticket voucher. Before the IFA starts, take advantage of convenient online registration at the IFA Ticketshop. During the IFA, trade visitor tickets will be available at all IFA box offices at the entrances to the trade fair. If you are not from Germany please contact directly the foreign representatives of Messe Berlin in your country. Our representatives will help you to buy tickets and support you with your travel preparations to Germany.
Do trade visitors get automatically access to the separate dealer areas?
Access is not granted automatically. In some cases, an individual invitation from the exhibitor is required.
Where can I get information about conferences at the IFA or about the International Keynotes?
Please use event database on the IFA website where all events are listed and constantly updated. Further information is provided within the section EVENTS/International-Keynotes on the IFA website.
I have a ticket for the IFA Opening Concert/ IFA Summer Garden Open Air.
The tickets not only provide admission to the concert but also include an IFA day ticket for the day of the concert.
The Berlin Exhibition Grounds are wheelchair accessible. You can download a map from ABOUT-IFA > Hall-Allocation.
Where can I find restaurants on the exhibition site?
Capital Catering GmbH (CCG), a subsidiary of Messe Berlin, operates the diverse gastronomical facilities at the Berlin Exhibition Site. An overview offers the Catering Guide (PDF, 300.4 kB).
I am an exhibitor. How can I order catering for my stand?
Please use form "Catering" from the Exhibitor Service Manual. CCG is also pleased to offer support with all elements of event planning and organization, including decoration, technical equipment and even stage programs. More information is available on www.capital-catering.com .
Where can I find the updated map of the exhibition site?
The map and hall allocation can be found on our website in the section About IFA. Please note that it is regularly updated.
Where can I find the plans of individual halls?
The plans will be available a few weeks before the show. They can be accessed at the Virtual Market Place® .
How can I get the official IFA catalogue?
During the trade fair, you can purchase the catalogue at box offices and info-counters throughout the exhibition site. After the trade fair, you can order the catalogue at our publisher, Neureuter Fair Media GmbH. It costs EUR 28 plus postage and handling.
I am an exhibitor who received an offer to register for a different catalogue. What should I do?
Occasionally some exhibitors receive offers to register - with costs - for alternative, non-official media. These are designated as "reference books", "classified directories" and "independent trade fair publications", etc.
We dissociate ourselves from the offers from these publishers and would like to clearly emphasize that they have no connection with Messe Berlin. We would like to point out to our exhibitors that the production and marketing of the IFA catalogue is awarded exclusively. Neureuter Fair Media GmbH is the exclusive publisher of the IFA catalogue.
I am a journalist and would like to be accredited for the IFA. How does this work?
The necessary accreditation form is available as a download in the section Press Information on the IFA website. Comprehensive information about the accreditation guidelines is also available here.
Where do I get the press conference schedule?
You can find this information in the section Press Information - Important Dates on the IFA website. The data are constantly updated.
Are there official press days?
Yes, the official press days are on 4 and 5 September 2013, the two days before the official start of the show.
I would like to work as a host or hostess during the IFA, and/or help with stand construction/removal. Where can I apply?
If you would like to work as a host or hostess, please send an email to MB Capital Services GmbH, a subsidiary of Messe Berlin. The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in stand construction/removal and/or working at the stands, please contact the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (German Employment Office) in Berlin directly.
Address: Hammarskjöldplatz 1, 14055 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49(0)30/55 55 70-12 03/12 04, +49(0)30/30 38-57 30
Fax: +49(0)30/55 55 70-19 99
I need a visa - what do I need to do?
Please contact the German Embassy in your country. In addition, you can get support from the foreign representatives of Messe Berlin.
What is the Virtual Market Place?
The IFA Virtual Market Place® is available 365 days a year. It is a virtual marketplace where you can find all the exhibitors from the previous IFA, as well as their products, company profiles and contact information. All data are continually updated by the exhibitors themselves. The new exhibitor data for IFA 2013 will be available at the Virtual Market Place® starting in July 2013.
We are IFA exhibitors and would like to use the IFA logo for our IFA marketing actions. Where can we get a printable data file?
All the documents relevant for your marketing communications can be found on the IFA website in the section Exhibitor - Services - Advertising material. Please note: only exhibitors at IFA 2013 and the fair’s partners are permitted to use the logo for promotional purposes. In the event of a breach of the above rule Messe Berlin reserves the right to take legal action.