Travel industry: Sunday and public holiday rest - exception

The offering of goods (offering for sale) and hospitality activities in the travel industry are excluded from the Sunday and holiday rest.

If you operate a travel business, you must always comply with the provisions of the Shop Opening Act and the Act on the Protection of Sundays and Public Holidays. An exception to the Sunday and holiday rest applies to the offering (offering for sale) of goods as well as to hospitality activities in the travel industry. In addition, the derogations apply to self-employed traders who visit other persons in the course of their business.

Further exceptions shall be expressly permitted upon written request by the competent authority.  

  • identity card or other official identity document with passport photo,
  • Excerpt from the commercial register and
  • Travel trade card.


By a travel trade, the trade code understands the outpatient trade, for example owners of a market stall, showmen or "flying traders". You operate a travel business if you offer goods or services on a commercial basis without prior appointment outside your commercial branch or without having one. For the operation of a travel business you need a permit, the travel trade card.

  • § 55e sec. 2 sentence 3 of the Industrial Code (GewO),
  • Landesverordnung über Verwaltungsgebühren (Allgemeiner Gebührentarif) Subheading 11.7.9 b - VwGebV.

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  • § 55e GewO
  • VwGebV

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