Although there are no general provisions for cross border distribution of services, it will most likely require proximity to the market and thus the establishment of local branch offices or subsidiaries, in order to become active in the German hospitalities and tourism markets. For a first impression of the general requirements entrepreneurs need to fulfill in order to do business in Germany, please refer to the online Investment Guide available from Germany Trade & Invest.
In addition to the usual registration formalities, German dining establishments and hotels will also need to apply for a special permit, if they intend to serve alcoholic beverages. Such businesses must also pay special attention to the laws protecting juveniles and non-smokers as well as food quality/restaurant cleanliness.
German travel agencies and travel service providers also belong to the trades requiring special approval before they can commence work in Germany. For more information, please refer to our section on Service Occupations. Please note: these rules do not apply to EU service providers who only offer their services for a limited time (less than 6 months out of the year) and irregularly.
Your local Chamber of Industry and Commerce can advise on all the local requirements for doing business in your particular region within Germany as well as on legal requirements which apply to your business.
POINTS OF SINGLE CONTACT - Service providers from EU Member States may address their local Points of Single Contact for support with the administrative procedures that need to be observed before entering the German market. More information is available in our section ''EU Service Market''.