Travel Trade Permit

Why do I need a travel trade card and where can I get it?

If you work as a showman, "flying trader" or owner of a market stall, i.e. if you offer your services or goods in constantly changing places, you are operating a travel business. To do this, you will need a travel trade card.
You must carry these with you when carrying out your activity and present them to the representative of the locally competent authority on request. As an employer, you must hand over a duplicate or a certified copy of the travel trade card to employees in your company who have direct customer contact without your presence or work in a different place than yourself.

If you, as an EU citizen, only work across borders on a temporary basis, you do not need a travel trade card.

  • Identity card or passport
  • Extract from the register of trade, associations or cooperatives
  • Certificate of good conduct/extract from the Central Trade Register
  • Craft Card
  • Proof of showman's liability insurance
  • Application form

The competent authority may request further documentation on a case-by-case basis.


They have the required reliability.

§§ 55 to 63 Gewerbeordnung (GewO)
§ 11 Gewerbeordnung (GewO) (Data Protection Notice)


If you want to operate a travel business, you need a permit (travel trade card). The content of the travel trade card may be limited, granted with a time limit and subject to conditions insofar as this is necessary for the protection of the general public or consumers. Under the same conditions, the subsequent inclusion, amendment and supplementation of conditions is also permitted.

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Ministry of Economy and Energy

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