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General Information

When will IFA 2017 take place?

From 1st to 6th September 2017 in Berlin.

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?

In 2017 the 57th IFA will take place.

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.

Can I bring animals onto the exhibition grounds?

Dogs and other pets are not allowed on the exhibition grounds. Further house rules of Berlin ExpoCenter City can be found here (PDF, 175.8 kB).

Arrival

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 read Travel & Hotel.

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. For detailed information, please read Travel & Hotel.

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 (visit our Download Center).

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. The Parking Space in the International Congress Center (ICC) will be available starting mid of August. The parking ticket costs 10 euros per day. You may also use the 5,000 extra parking spaces at the nearby Olympic Stadium. From there we offer a free shuttle bus to and back from the fairgrounds during IFA.

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

Exhibitor Information

Construction and Dismantling

What are the construction and dismantling dates?

Stand construction 2017 starts 21st August 2017 at 7 am (an earlier start is possible on request and in case of availability of the hall and with additional costs). Stand construction ends 31st August 2017, 10 pm.

Dismantling period is from 7th to 10th September 2017 from 7 am - 10 pm.

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, 74.3 kB)

Exhibitor Badges

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 in the online shop.

For further information please check the IFA Application Form - Conditions of Participation (PDF, 74.3 kB).

Vouchers

How can we obtain trade visitor vouchers?

Exhibitors can order all required trade visitors vouchers using the online shop. Only vouchers which were actually redeemed will be charged.

Parking

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 in our online shop. Parking vouchers are only issued for the entire duration of the event.

Delivery to the stand

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
Messedamm 22
14055 Berlin
GERMANY

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.

Stand Construction

How much is the stand rental?

Rent is charged per square meter, depending on the type of stand: for row booths, the price for 2017 is 224.00 Euro/m²; for corner stands, 248.00 Euro/m²; for peninsula stands, 268.00 Euro/m²; and block stands cost 288.00 Euro/m². In addition, there is a flat-rate Utility charge of 10.50 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 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.

The stand rental does not include a flat rate of Euro 6,70 per sqm (with a maximum of 20k Euro) for global communication services provided during the year of the event (see conditions of participation).

Stand Personnel

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" in the online shop.

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
Jobvermittlung/Spandau
Streitstr. 6-7
13587 Berlin

Tel: +49 (0)30/555572-1204
Fax: +49 (0)30/555572-1999
spandau.jobvermittlung@arbeitsagentur.de

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.

Shows and Events at the stand

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 online shop.

Visitor Information

Exhibitor and Product Search

Where do I find a complete list of all IFA exhibitors?

You can find information on all IFA exhibitors on the Virtual Market Place®. You can define your search by a variety of parameters such as exhibitor name, product name, product group and more. All information is continuously updated.

The IFA app can be synchronized with the Virtual Market Place.

Tickets

Where can I get tickets for IFA?

We recommend to order IFA tickets at the 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

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 IFA without a ticket.

Our school class would like to order group tickets for 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 9.00. More information about ticket prices can be found under ifa-berlin.de/tickets (Public Visitor's Website, in German).

Do you offer free entrance for wheelchair users escorts?

Yes.

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.

Wheelchair access

Is IFA wheelchair accessible?

The Berlin Exhibition Grounds are wheelchair accessible. You can download a Exhibition grounds - barrier-free access (PDF, 1.2 MB) here.

Trade Visitors

You are a trade visitor, if you can affirm one of the following statements:

  • visiting IFA because of professional reasons and/or interest
  • belong to the CE- or HA-trade (retailer, whole-sale)
  • working in a company of the consumer electronics or home appliances industry, e.g. product development, sales, marketing
  • writing for specialist media
  • working in research/development institutes or in a management consultancy

What are my benefits as a trade visitor?

At IFA trade visitors receive an extensive range of services. For detailed information please visit Trade Visitors

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 IFA starts, take advantage of convenient online registration at the IFA Ticketshop. During 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.

Events / Conferences

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.

Catering

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.

I am an exhibitor. How can I order catering for my stand?

Please use form "Catering" in the online shop. 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 on www.capital-catering.com.

Exhibition Site

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®.

Catalog

How can I get the official IFA catalog?

During the trade fair, you can purchase the catalog at box offices and info-counters throughout the exhibition site. After the trade fair, you can order the catalog at our publisher, NEUREUTER FAIR MEDIA GmbH. It costs EUR 28 plus postage and handling.

Trade Visitors will get their free trade visitor package with the official IFA trade show catalog at the International Trade Visitors Reception.

I am an exhibitor who received an offer to register for a different catalog. 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 catalog is awarded exclusively. NEUREUTER FAIR MEDIA GmbH, is the exclusive publisher of the IFA catalog.

Press Information

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 here. Comprehensive information about the accreditation guidelines is also available here.

Where do I get the press conference schedule?

You can find this information here soon.

Are there official press days?

Yes, the official press days are on 30 and 31 August 2017, the two days before the official start of the show.

Jobs @ IFA

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: bewerbung-csg-team@mb-capital-services.de.

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 or 12 04, +49(0)30/30 38-57 30
Fax: +49(0)30/55 55 70-19 99
berlin-nord.jobvermittlung@arbeitsagentur.de
www.arbeitsagentur.de

Visa

I need a visa - what do I need to do?

In July 2013 a decree was issued by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs that an invitation letter by the trade show organizer is as a rule no longer needed when applying for visa in order to attend a trade show in Germany. All Visa Centers as well as German Embassies and Consulates were informed about this decree (http://www.auma.de/en/tippsforexhibitors/legalmatters/visa). Moreover visa fees are waived for exhibitors at German trade fairs (see also http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/EinreiseUndAufenthalt/Visabestimmungen_node.html). Please refer in your visa application to this. If an embassy insists on a letter of invitation, please contact

Additional information regarding the visa application procedure, requirements for the issue and application forms in different languages are available at the website "visa regulations" of the German Foreign Office as well as at the respective websites of the embassies and consulates general. Persons requiring a visa to enter Germany should submit their applications in good time prior to the respective trade show.

A visa application is possible up to three months before entry.

Virtual Market Place®

What is the Virtual Market Place?

The Virtual Market Place® is the online exhibitor and product search engine of IFA. Here you can find detailed information on the IFA exhibitors and their products. Before, during and after the trade show. All year round.

Advertising Material

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 here. Please note: only exhibitors at IFA 2016 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.

WiFi

Is there a WiFi at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds?

Yes. Here you can find a map of WiFi hotspots for visitors (PDF, 197.9 kB).