Your Trade Fair Visit is Safe!

Our SafeExpo hygiene concept takes care of that. Below you will find an overview of the relevant measures that will be in place at the Leipzig Book Fair and Manga Comic-Con. One important thing to note is that the current Corona Protection Ordinance is only ever valid for a few weeks at a time. If there are new regulations, we will update them here immediately.

Still have questions? Then take a look at our FAQ or get in touch with us at or .

Please note: The Corona Emergency Ordinance (in German only) has been in force in Saxony since 22 November 2021. According to the Corona Emergency Ordinance, events, trade fairs and congresses are not permitted up to and including 6 February 2022. We remain in regular contact with the authorities. Please visit the homepage of your event for more details.

For Visitors
Admission restrictions, on-site hygiene measures
For Exhibitors
Set-up and disassembly, stand construction, stand catering

Important Information for Exhibitors

Set-up and Disassembly

During set-up and disassembly, stand construction companies and all companies providing services associated with an event are subject to the current "SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance" and Leipziger Messe's "Safe Expo" hygiene concept . Please note that it is the responsibility of exhibitors to ensure that the hygiene and protection regulations are observed at their stand. Please observe the following during set-up and disassembly:

Proof required: During set-up and disassembly, the "3G rule" applies to exhibitors and their service providers. Please bring prove that you are vaccinated, recovered or tested (rapid antigen test not older than 24 hours or PCR test not older than 48 hours). This rule applies to all persons present at the stand or assisting with set-up and disassembly.

Note: Leipziger Messe does not operate its own test centre. You can find an overview of the testing centres on the City of Leipzig website .

Contact tracing: To ensure contacts can be traced, all persons must be registered digitally at the Leipziger Messe Ticket Shop when entering the grounds. Surname, first name, telephone number and email address as well as postal address are recorded. Tickets will be scanned when entering or leaving the exhibition grounds to record the duration of each stay.

Social distancing and masks: A minimum distance of 1.50 metres must be maintained during set-up. If this is not possible, masks must be worn.

At Your Stand During the Trade Fair

Proof required: The "3G rule" applies to all persons working on the stand – in contrast to the visitor rule. This means you must please bring proof that you are tested (rapid test not older than 24 hours, PCR test not older than 48 hours), recovered or vaccinated.

Note: Leipziger Messe does not operate its own test centre. You can find an overview of the testing centres on the City of Leipzig website .

Take social distancing seriously! Please plan your exhibition stand to allow room for movement and to ensure that a minimum distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained between any two people at all times. In our experience, the use of floor markings is helpful for this. The mask requirement can be waived if visitors are seated in fixed places with an appropriate minimum distance.

Keep people apart where necessary: If it is not possible to maintain a minimum distance, take protective measures such as transparent partitions. Where possible, avoid stand-partitioning or enclosed spaces.

Restrict the number of visitors at your stand: To guarantee the minimum distance, there should not be more than 1 visitor per 1.7 sqm of accessible space under current conditions.

Two examples of this:

  • A stand with 100 square metres (gross area) and a build-up of 40 square metres results in a movement area of 60 square metres (net area). 60 square metres/ 1.7 square metres = 35 people.
  • A stand with 20 square metres (gross area) and a construction of 5 square metres results in a movement area of 15 square metres (net area). 15 square metres / 1.7 square metres = 8 people.

The personnel at the stand must be included in the calculation. However, the area that is only accessible to staff (e.g. enclosed counter) can be included in the movement area.

Clean quickly: Clean any frequently used contact surfaces (e.g. door handles, table surfaces, hands) regularly using a common household detergent. Devices with touch screens must be disinfected after every use. Make sure there is disinfectant available.

Put someone in charge: Appoint a person responsible for hygiene at the stand who can provide an overview of the measures you have implemented at any time.

Don't hold events & signing sessions at the stand: In order to avoid crowds of visitors, no events are allowed to be held at stands this year (with the exception of programme partners). We kindly ask you to make use of our forums in the hall. Instead of holding signing sessions at your stand, you can use the separate book signing areas in the halls with your authors. As there is limited capacity in both the forums and the signing areas, we ask you to register via the Leipzig liest (Leipzig reads) database by 30 November 2021.

Stand Catering

Professionals at work: Food and drinks should only be served by service or buffet staff. If employees serve food and drinks, they are required to observe the infection prevention measures and should be trained accordingly.

Distance please: Service personnel and staff at the food and drink counters should be separated from other persons at the stand by transparent protective screens. In addition, it is recommended that all employees wear mouth and nose protection.

Spotless: Contact surfaces (e.g. chairs, table surfaces, menus) should have smooth, easy-to-clean surfaces and must be cleaned after each guest. Common household detergents are sufficient.

Individually wrapped: Milk, sugar, stirrers, cutlery, napkins, biscuits, chocolate etc. must be provided in individual packaging for self-service. Offer only packaged food. Avoid fresh and unpackaged goods. Use disposable crockery and cutlery. Any reusable crockery and cutlery must be washed at a minimum of 60°C and dried completely.

We're happy to help! fairgourmet will gladly advise you on all measures. Reusable crockery and cutlery including a dishwashing service can be ordered through them:

Important Information for Visitors

Admission Rules

Welcome! – proof required: Due to the high number of COVID-19 cases, the "2G rule" currently applies in Saxony. This means you must please prove to us that you have either recovered or been vaccinated. This rule does not apply to children up to the age of 6. Important: if the number of cases decreases and the pre-warning level is no longer effective in Saxony, the "3G rule" will once again apply. We will inform you here immediately.

For children and school classes:

  • Children up to the age of 6 are exempt from the compulsory test and the 2G certificate.
  • Pupils who are tested as part of their school attendance can use this proof for admission. The proof must be up to date for a week and must be proven by means of an appropriate document .

Note: Leipziger Messe does not operate its own test centre. You can find an overview of the testing centres on the City of Leipzig website .

Good to have you here! – tickets are only available online: To enable contact tracing, tickets are only available online or in advance this year. The best thing about it is that you no longer have to wait in a queue at the ticket office and you can even use public transport free of charge as soon as you arrive. Ticket sales via our online shop will start on 14 December. You will find information about the advance booking offices on our website . The ticket offices will be closed!

Limited number of visitors and no permanent tickets: Currently, a maximum of 25,000 visitors per day may be admitted to the trade fair grounds. Be sure to secure your ticket in plenty of time. For this reason, there are no permanent tickets available. You need a separate ticket for each day you plan to visit the Leipzig Book Fair and Manga Comic-Con.

Hygiene Measures on Site

Compulsory masks – and a smile behind them: It is compulsory to wear a mask throughout the trade fair grounds. You can take your mask off if you are sitting or standing in a place assigned to you (for example at a stand, at a reading or when eating and drinking) if there is sufficient technical protection (such as a plexiglass wall) or if you are in an outside area at an appropriate distance. By the way, you can also convey a smile with your eyes.

Keep your distance – there's plenty of space for you! We all know now. Keeping a distance of 1.5 metres protects us all. Please maintain this distance throughout the exhibition grounds, as far as possible. 6-metre-wide aisles and unobstructed rest areas provide the necessary free space.

Events – secure your place! The number of chairs at lectures will be determined according to the relevant 7-day incidence or warning level. Generally, the number of people in any lecture room may not exceed the number of chairs available.

Fresh air – everywhere and at all times: Thanks to high-performance indoor ventilation systems we can provide you with fresh air throughout your visit to the trade fair – at all times and in all halls. Wherever possible, we open the halls towards the outdoor spaces.

All clean: Disinfectant dispensers are available throughout the exhibition grounds. All surfaces are also regularly cleaned and disinfected. Paper towels and disinfectant dispensers are available in all sanitary facilities. There are separate hygiene concepts for catering.

Contactless payment: Shop and feast to your heart's content. Personal contact is minimised thanks to contactless payment in many areas.

We lead the way: Floor markings and route guidance systems are in place to help maintain distancing rules and avoid bunching in queues. These are particularly prominent at service points (ticket offices, cloakrooms, catering areas) and in the entrance and exit areas. The number of people using the lifts at any one time is restricted.

Healthy people only: Please remember that people suspected of having COVID-19 are prohibited from entering.

Up to date: We train our employees on a regular basis. All of them have undergone a risk assessment based on SARS-CoV-2 occupational safety standards and respective measures have been put in place.