Cologne is well prepared to welcome its trade fair guests and offer them a pleasant stay of the best possible quality, even under the current conditions. Public life is working – with strict adherence to official rules and with responsible behaviour by local citizens and non-resident guests.

  • All responsible owners and institutions have developed and implemented measures and concepts for the safest possible handling of each other in accordance with the regulations of the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

  • In public transportation, in stores or doctor's surgeries, there is an obligation to wear a medical mask. The city of Cologne recommends that people generally wear a mouth nose protection in public places. Anyone travelling in places where a mouth nose protection is mandatory, e.g. in shops, without appropriate protection will be punished by a fine.

  • In Cologne and the surrounding region, a minimum distance of 1.5 metres must always be kept between people in public spaces. There are exceptions for families and members of the same household.

  • Public transport – buses, trains and taxis – is running. The nearby Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt airports are in operation.

  • Passengers on buses and trains must also wear a medical mouth nose protection. Non-compliance with this rule is a punishable offence. Permanent air exchange is ensured in the vehicles.

  • Hotels are implementing individual hygiene concepts that are based on the same rules. The individual establishments are happy to provide information about these.

  • The currently valid regulations of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia can be found here: (German only)

  • Information of the touristic federation of North Rhine-Westphalia (Tourismus NRW e.V.):

  • Information of the Cologne Tourist Board (KölnTourismus):