• Messe Essen
  • 05. - 08. Oct. 2023

COVID tests on site

If you are neither fully vaccinated nor recovered, or cannot prove your vaccination or recovery with an EU Digital COVID Certificate, you will need a COVID antigen (rapid) test or a conversion of your foreign vaccination certificate to enter the fairgrounds. The rapid tests are valid for 48 hours.

Below you can find out how to get tested on site in Essen. However, as testing capacities on site are limited, we recommend that you get tested before you arrive at the fairgrounds.



From Wednesday, 10/13/21 to Sunday, 10/17/21, there will be a COVID Testing Center on Logistics Area 1A at Messe Essen, operated by a pharmacist from Essen. The testing center will be located between the entrance to parking lot P6 and the passageway to Hall 1A and will be accessible from the outside (see site plan above). Here, after booking an appointment in advance, both rapid tests and PCR tests (for example for return trips abroad) can be done. You will receive the result of your rapid test after 15 minutes. How quickly you will receive the result of your PCR test, you can find out here.




Click here to go to the pharmacist’s appointment booking page:
Appointment booking fairground


Foreign visitors and exhibitors who have been fully vaccinated in their home countries with a vaccine valid in the EU can have their vaccination certificate converted into an EU Digital COVID Certificate before the start of the fair or during the event. There is a charge for the conversion per vaccination. Please note that if you have received two vaccine doses, you must submit both – the first and second vaccination – for conversion. Click here to go to the pharmacist’s order page: www.vaccert.apotheken.ruhr.


In addition to the testing center at the fairgrounds, pharmacist Peter Ricken offers other testing options with larger capacities within Essen. For the testing centers “Limbecker Platz”, “Rathaus Galerie” and “Hauptbahnhof” you can also book appointments via the pharmacist’s appointment booking page.

Corona-Testzentrum Limbecker Platz
Limbecker Platz 1a
45127 Essen
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8-20 h
Near station “Berliner Platz”
Appointment booking Limbecker Platz

Apotheke Rathaus Galerie
Am Porscheplatz 2
45127 Essen
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8-20 h, Sat 9-20 h
Near station “Rathaus Essen”
Appointment booking Rathaus Galerie

Apotheke im Hauptbahnhof
Am Hauptbahnhof 27
45127 Essen
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8-20 h, Sat 9-20 h
Central Station (“Hauptbahnhof”)
Appointment booking Hauptbahnhof


In Essen Rüttenscheid, there are also the following rapid test options close to the exhibition center:

Rapid Test Zentrum
Alfredstr. 99
45131 Essen
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8-22 h
Online appointment booking possible
About 5 minutes walk

Apotheke auf der Rü
Rüttenscheider Str. 253
45131 Essen
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8-19 h, Sat 8-16 h
Appointment booking possible via phone: +49 201 45558680
About 7 minutes walk

Rüttenscheider Str. 131
45130 Essen
Emmastr. 2
45130 Essen
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8-19 h, Sat 9-15 h
Online appointment booking possible (also in English)
About 11 minutes walk