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Travel advice

Hotel accomodation and public transport

Hotel accomodation for congress delegates

IAKS Congress delegates may book their hotel room at the rate of € 89.00 (additional breakfast at € 11.50) at Motel-One Cologne Neumarkt close to the city centre. For room bookings, please use the download form.

Alternatively, you may use the hotel booking service on the FSB website.

Your FSB ticket as a public transport ticket (VRS)

In addition to your FSB ticket, you will receive your public transport ticket in a separate e-mail. Please print this PDF file out in A4 format and bring it with you.

The public transport ticket only entitles you to travel to and from Koelnmesse over the period of the trade fair (2nd class) using the extended network of the Rhine-Sieg transport system (VRS).

Travel advice and safety (as of 15 September 2021)

1. General travel advice

We are constantly observing the pandemic situation and regulations in Germany. As of today, holding conferences and trade shows is possible under the condition that all participants provide a proof of vaccination, immunity or a negative testing.

You will find more information about entering Germany and all necessary steps of registration below. Please also observe the domestic regulations for returning back to your country.


2. Entering Germany from other countries

Current information for travellers from outside Germany is to be found at the official website of the Federal Foreign Office.

As of today (15 Sept 2021), entry is possible from:

  • EU member states
  • states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
  • other countries from which entry is possible in light of the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.

Entry from any other country for any purpose is possible for fully vaccinated, recovered or tested people.

2.1 Vaccinated - recovered - tested

What does „fully vaccinated“ mean?

The traveller must have received the last vaccination dose that is necessary for full vaccination at least 14 days before the date of travel, and the vaccine the person has received must be among those listed on the website of the Paul Ehrlich Institute.

What does „recovered“ mean?

Recovered from the virus at least 28 days and up to 6 months ago, Written proof: the same which was required when entering Germany.

What does „tested“ mean?

Antigen or PCR test (but NOT a self-administered test) that is no more than 48 hours old, issued by an official test centre.

2.2 Test centres in Cologne

In case you need a test, you can find a test centre in many places, e.g.

Please allow 15 minutes for the antigen test and 24-36 hours for the PCR test to obtain your result. Costs: EUR 25-35 for antigen test; EUR 75-170 for PCR test.

3. Before arrival at FSB and IAKS Congress: Creating your FSB account and getting the FSB ticket

Every IAKS Congress delegate and Awards Gala guest will need to register personally for FSB.

3.1 Create a Koelnmesse account at (valid for FSB and any other trade fairs by Koelnmesse).

3.2 Register for FSB. Please note that IAKS provides a voucher code for everyone who purchases an IAKS Congress pass.

3.3 Download FSB trade fair app.

3.4 Make sure you are tested-vaccinated-recovered (see 2.1) and bring the proof (EU Digital COVID Certificate).

3.5 Bring your identity card / passport for the entry controls.


4. During your FSB stay:

4.1 Download eGuard - the app for safe trade fair attendance

With the new eGuard app by Koelnmesse, you can avoid large groups of people – anonymously and dependably. Please download the smartphone app now to ensure a safe trade fair experience for all.

eGuard FAQs

4.2 Social distancing and face masks

In Germany, the general rule for social distancing is 1.5 meters.

At FSB and the IAKS Congress, it is mandatory to wear a face mask. The only exception are seating areas, e.g. at exhibition stands or at places providing food. For those who do not have their own masks, we will provide mouth and nose protection.


5. Corona FAQ for FSB trade fair

Koelnmesse has compiled its Corona FAQ, offering even more detailed answers:


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