Information about visiting the Christmas Market

The Düsseldorf Christmas Market 2021 will be taking place as planned. Before your visit, please check this website for daily updates on the current situation in Düsseldorf and whether any restrictions apply.

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Covid-19 rules

The 2G rule applies, i.e. vaccinated or recovered. We furthermore recommend that all visitors wear a surgical mask if they cannot maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people. If you feel unwell, we suggest that you postpone your visit. Hand sanitiser will be provided at the food stalls.

Children up to and including 15 years of age are exempt from the 2G rule. 

Children (16 and 17 years old) need proof of vaccination or recovery in order to attend the Christmas Market.  

There is no general obligation to use a mask at the Düsseldorf Christmas Market. However, to protect yourself and others, we recommend the use of a surgical mask – particularly in situations where a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other people cannot be maintained.

Pregnant women must also be immunised in order to get a 2G
wristband. The current Covid-19 protection ordinance does not
foresee any exceptions for pregnant women.

Adults who can present a doctor’s certificate confirming that they cannot currently be vaccinated against Covid-19 or that vaccination has not been possible in the last six weeks at most for health reasons, are exempt from the 2G rule. These individuals must present an up-to-date negative test result.

In 2021, international visitors are also welcome to the Düsseldorf Christmas Market. They must observe the same hygiene rules as all other visitors. 

International guests have to be vaccinated with a vaccine authorized in the EU. These are: Comirnaty (BioNTech/Pfizer), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) and Janssen (Johnson&Johnson)

Children up to and including 15 years of age are exempt from the 2G rule - regardless of their origin. Children (16 and 17 years old) need proof of vaccination or recovery in order to attend the Christmas Market.  

Vaccination certificates or proof of recovery are accepted from both EU and non-EU countries. The certificate must be written in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish. It can be presented in printed or digital form.

The 2G rule applies here too, with the same exceptions as at our Christmas market.

2G wristband 

Only those who have proof of vaccination or recovery will be issued with a wristband, allowing them to drink mulled wine, eat poffertjes, or buy Christmas gifts at the market. Children under the age of 12 are considered to be vaccinated or recovered.

The 2G wristbands that will be given out at the Düsseldorf Christmas Market are only valid on the day they are issued. They must be renewed on a daily basis.

The 2G wristbands will be handed out by the market traders at their huts. At the enclosed Marktplatz at the Rathaus, wristbands will be issued by Düsseldorf Tourismus’s private security contractors at the entry/exit points.

Our private security contractors will undertake random spot checks of vaccination and recovery certificates, and will cross-check the details with an individual’s ID. The data will not be stored.

Enclosed markets

When entering the Marktplatz, anybody with a 2G wristband will be treated in the same way as any other visitor, so you will still have to queue to have your 2G wristband checked. Having a 2G wristband does not mean that you have priority access to enclosed market areas.

If there are any queues in front of an enclosed market area, we would ask all those waiting to observe the Hands, Face, Space rules. In other words: keep a distance, wash your hands, wear a mask, and use the Covid alert app. We recommend that if you find there’s a queue at one market, simply visit one of the other markets in the city instead.

Yes. The 2G wristband that visitors are given either at a market hut or on entry to an enclosed market area is valid for the entire city centre Christmas Market on the day of issue. In other words, it can be used at all eight of the individual markets organised by Düsseldorf Tourismus.

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