Practical info

The Summit venues

Main Summit venue

Leipziger Messe GmbH (CCL)
Messe-Allee 1
04356 Leipzig


The Summit conference facilities, including the Glass Hall where the Gala Dinner will be held, are accessible for all delegates. Please indicate your specific accessibility needs during the online registration process or by contacting the Registration Help Desk. We will be happy to provide you with more information regarding specific accessibility needs during or after the registration process.


Venue of the Presidency Reception on 19 May and the Pre-Summit Research Day on 17 May:

Pfaffendorfer Straße 31
04105 Leipzig



Transport in Leipzig

Summit Transport Information Desks will be located at the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL), official Summit hotels, Leipzig/Halle Airport and Leipzig’s main train station to provide transport-related information and assist participants with their transport needs from Tuesday 17 to Friday 20 May. 

Detailed maps showing the overview of transportation options will be available at the Summit Transport Information Desks.

Please consult the most up-to-date information available on the official website of the City of Leipzig.

Public transport:

Summit participants are offered unlimited free public transport within Leipzig from Monday 16 to Friday 20 May inclusive.

Your 2022 Summit delegate badge allows you to travel free of charge on Leipzig public transport (no transport ticket is required). Until you collect your badge at the Summit venue, the official registration confirmation letter is to be shown upon request. Please note that you may be asked to show supporting valid photo identification.

Connection to CCL by public transport:

  • Tram: 20-minute ride, approx. 25 minutes in total from the Leipzig main train station. Tram 16 from Leipzig's main train station to Messegelände (this is the terminus as well as the stop for Congress Center Leipzig). Trams run every 10-16 minutes. From the tram stop, it is a short walk (less than 5 minutes) to the main entrance of the Conference Centre.
  • Suburban train: 10-minute ride, approx. 20 minutes in total from the Leipzig main train station. S-Bahn trains (rapid transit lines) S2, S5, S5X or S6 from Leipzig’s main train station to S-Bahnhof Messe train station. Trains run every 5-15 minutes. From the train stop, it is a short walk (approx. 10 minutes) to the main entrance of the Conference Centre.

For more information and real-time schedule, please refer to the Leipzig public transport company website.

Scheduled shuttle bus service:

A shuttle bus service will operate twice daily from Wednesday 18 May to Friday 20 May inclusive:

  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from official Summit hotels to Congress Center Leipzig
  • Wednesday evening from Congress Center Leipzig to the Presidency Reception at the Kongresshalle Leipzig
  • Thursday evening, following the Gala Dinner, from Congress Center Leipzig to official Summit hotels

Arrangements can be made for wheelchair accessible vehicles – to be indicated during registration or to the Registration Help Desk. 

Shared and sustainable last-mile transport:

To maximise the benefits of sustainable multimodal transport at the ITF Summit, participants will be given 2x60 minute voucher codes to use TIER Mobility e-scooters and nextbike bicycles. Please download the TIER Mobility app (App Store or Google Play) and the nextbike app (App Store or Google Play). If you have not used shared micromobilty, there will be an information and training area at the CCL entrance during the Summit.

TIER Mobility is the world's leading shared micro-mobility provider, providing people with a range of shared, light vehicles, from e-scooters to e-bikes and pedal bikes to help cities reduce their dependence on cars. Following the recent acquisitions of Europe's largest bikeshare player nextbike and US-based micro-mobility operator Spin, TIER is now present in more than 530 cities and communities in 33 countries with a fleet of 300,000 vehicles. TIER has been climate-neutral since 2020.

Transfers and private vehicles:

The Secretariat can provide transfers and private vehicles upon request. Please note that the costs for vehicles and drivers will be covered by the participant or delegation.

To book transfers and private vehicles, please contact the service provider: info@premium-drive.de 

Please provide the days, hours, type and number of cars in your request. Payments by credit/debit card only.

Should you encounter any difficulties during the booking process, please contact your national representation/embassy in Germany for additional support.

Other transport options:

Taxi: You may use taxi services to reach the Congress Centre of Leipzig and the events (20-minute ride from Leipzig's train station). Please note that the costs are not covered by the Summit organisers.

Car: Motorway A14 (Dresden-Magdeburg-Hannover), exit Messegelände or Leipzig Zentrum. From Leipzig’s city centre take Federal Road B2. Parking is available at CCL, Seehauener Allee 1, 04356 Leipzig.

Travelling to Leipzig

Please consult the most up-to-date information available on the official website of the City of Leipzig.

A CO2 emissions responsible Summit

Reducing the Summit’s impact on the environment is important to the ITF. In this respect, the ITF opts to offset the carbon (CO2) emissions generated by the Summit through investment in climate protection projects. The CO2 emissions are calculated based on the overall on-site activities as well as the flights of the ITF staff.

For their travel to Leipzig, Summit participants are encouraged to either use the offset options offered by their chosen airline or transport provider, or consider transport options that minimise emission generation.

The climate protection projects supported by the ITF comply with the Gold Standard of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) defined in the Kyoto Protocol and are awarded saving certificates CER (Certified Emission Reduction) by the UNFCCC. To implement the offset, the ITF cooperates with the climate protection organisation atmosfair.

Visa requirements

Leipziger Messe can provide delegates registered for the Summit with a formal invitation letter required for their visa applications.

Delegates who may need a visa to enter Germany are advised to consult the German Federal Foreign Office website to verify their eligibility for visa requirements and find detailed information about visa applications and regulations. 

Confirmation letter for visa application

Delegates who require a visa to enter Germany need to request a formal confirmation letter for their visa application during the registration process. Passport information will need to be provided.

Within two days of submitting the request with all required information, a formal Invitation Letter (in German) for visa purposes is addressed to the respective German Embassy/Consulate (format: electronic letter sent by email). Please inform the conference organisers in advance if you require the original invitation letter; on an exceptional basis, the hard copy original can be sent to you by regular mail.

Visa application

Visa application and the required supporting documentation must be submitted to the German Consulate/Embassy relevant to your country of residence. The list of supporting documentation is available on the website of the Consulate/Embassy responsible for each respective country (please select your country then the relevant Consulate or Embassy).

A visa application form can be downloaded here.

We recommend including your Summit invitation letter, in addition to the Visa invitation letter in German, together with your visa application documents.

Participants are responsible for consular fees related to visa applications.

Covid-19 information 

Information as of 13 April 2022:

From 3 March 2022, every person over the age of 12 is obliged to carry proof of their Covid‑19 status when entering Germany. Persons over the age of 12 must therefore have a negative test result or proof of recovery or vaccination (vaccines approved by the European Union) when entering Germany.

As a rule, Covid‑19 test results (antigen or PCR tests) must not be more than 48 hours old at the time of the (planned) entry. However, if entering Germany with a carrier (e.g. an airline), PCR tests may be taken a maximum of 48 hours before the (scheduled) start of the journey (e.g. departure time). But antigen tests must not be taken more than 48 hours before the (scheduled) time of arrival in Germany even if travellers are being transported by a carrier.

No states/regions are currently considered to be areas of variants of concern or high-risk areas, therefore no quarantine is required upon arrival to Germany.

More information on the digital entry registration is available here: https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de/#/

Please consult the German Federal Foreign Office website for more information: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/visa-service/EinreiseUndAufenthalt

Covid-19 regulations in Saxony:

  • A medical mask is required on intercity and regional trains.
  • An FFP2 mask is mandatory on public transport including trams, S-Bahn and underground.