• Messe Essen
  • 06. - 09. Oct. 2022

Tickets & access requirements

Thursday to Saturday, October 14th to 16th 2021, the convention is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Sunday, October 17th 2021, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Access to the exhibition grounds will only be granted to the following persons:

  • Persons who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine approved by the European Union and whose last required vaccination was at least 14 days ago, or
  • Persons, who have had recovered following a positive PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection more than six months previously and who have received at least one vaccination against Covid-19 with a vaccine approved by the European Union and whose last vaccination was at least 14 days ago, or
  • Persons who have recovered following a positive PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection at least 28 days and not more than six months previously; or
  • Persons who have tested negative for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, who can provide written or electronic certification/proof of a negative test result from a point-of-care (PoC) antigen test (rapid test) or PCR test for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 infection performed within the previous 48 hours.


Children aged 6 years and above: Contrary to the Coronaschutzverordnung (Coronavirus Protection Ordinance) of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, a negative test result must also be submitted for children aged 6 years and above (if not vaccinated or having recovered). As there are school holidays in many federal states during the event period, a pupil ID card will not be accepted as proof of regular testing on the part of the schools. However, rapid tests for children and teenagers up to 17 years old will remain free of charge until the end of 2021.


The proof of vaccination, recovery or testing must be in the form of an EU Digital COVID Certificate with QR code (e.g., digital vaccination certificate). This can also be presented in printed form for scanning. Further information on the EU Digital COVID Certificate can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/safe-covid-19-vaccines-europeans/eu-digital-covid-certificate_en


Persons who cannot provide proof of COVID-19 immunization or a valid negative test in the form of an EU Digital Covid Certificate can be tested in a testing center.


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 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.


Furthermore, a medical grade protective face mask covering mouth and nose (“surgical mask”) is mandatory for visitors and exhibitors at SPIEL ’21. Children aged 6 years and above must also wear the same type of face mask. Since everyone’s health is our top priority, we unfortunately cannot accept any medical certificates for exemption from the mask requirement.


For general contact tracing purposes, access is only possible with a personalized ticket. Tickets are therefore not transferable and can only be bought online.


Please have a photo ID ready at the entrance in addition to your admission ticket and your EU Digital COVID Certificate.


If you are suffering from acute, non-specific general symptoms, cold symptoms, or respiratory symptoms, you will unfortunately be excluded from participating in the event.


If you enter Germany from another country, please ensure you observe the applicable entry requirements (e.g. quarantine and testing).


Please note that the access requirements may still change until the start of the fair due to adjustments of the Coronaschutzverordnung (Corona Protection Ordinance) of North Rhine-Westphalia.


The complete hygiene concept for SPIEL ’21 can be found here.


This year there will be no season tickets for SPIEL, but only day tickets.

The ticket prices are as follows:

Children from 4 to 12 years: EUR 11.50 (day ticket)*

Adults and children from 13 years: EUR 20,– (day ticket)*

*plus EUR 2,– service fee


Click HERE for the ticket shop of Messe Essen.


CAUTION! If you want to buy tickets for the same day, it is absolutely necessary that you pay by credit card. Should you select other payment methods, it cannot be guaranteed that you will receive the ticket by e-mail immediately after booking!


Please note that tickets are non-refundable.


If you have any questions or problems with the ticket purchase, please contact Messe Essen directly. As we do not have access to the ticket store, we are unfortunately unable to help. You can reach the support of Messe Essen as follows:

Tel: +49 (0) 201 / 31 01 430

E-Mail: spiel-ticket@dialog.sutter.de



Please note that cajon backpacks (large backpacks in which games can be stowed) may not be worn on the back this year due to the risk of injury to other visitors.

The checkroom in Hall 8 will also accept your large bags or suitcases, which you can refill as often as you like during the day. The price per bag or suitcase is EUR 3,–. An additional fee of EUR 2,– is charged for the first refill. Each additional refill is free of charge.