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General Information

When will IFA 2021 take place?

From 3rd to 7th September 2021 in Berlin.

How many times has the IFA taken place?

In 2021 the 61th 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, 409.2 kB).

Arrival

How can I reach the Berlin Exhibition Site?

You can find all information about parking possibilities in the parking plan (PDF, 221.8 kB).

Here you can find information on current traffic situation in Berlin.

Exhibitor Information

Construction and Dismantling

What are the construction and dismantling dates?

Exhibition dates 3 to 5 September 2020

Start of stand construction SHIFT MOBILITY meets IFA NEXT: from 24 August 2020

IFA Global Press Conference: from 24 August 2020

IFA Business, Retail & Meeting Lounges: from 28 August 2020

End of stand construction 2 September 2020

Stand dismantling SHIFT MOBILITY meets IFA NEXT: until 8 September 2020

IFA Global Press Conference: until 11 September 2020

IFA Business, Retail & Meeting Lounges: until 7 September 2020
Construction and dismantling work hours
28.08–2.9. | 7am–22 pm
5.9., 18–22 pm | 6.–7.9., 7 am–22 pm

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).

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 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?

Based on the current safety regulations we are organizing physical Live-Events, alongside a virtual extension.

Join us LIVE and/or VIRTUALLY.

Wheelchair access

Is IFA wheelchair accessible?

The Berlin Exhibition Grounds are wheelchair accessible. You can download a Exhibition grounds - barrier-free access (PDF, 704.5 kB) 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.

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®.

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 4 and 5 September 2019, 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 (https://www.auma.de/en/exhibit/legal-matters/trade-fair-visa). Moreover visa fees are waived for exhibitors at German trade fairs (see also https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/visabestimmungen-node). 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.