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Apply for an exemption from Sunday and public holiday rest for the travel industry


If you are engaged in a travel business, you must in principle comply with the provisions of the Shop Opening Hours Act Saxony-Anhalt and the Law on Sundays and Public Holidays of the Land of Saxony-Anhalt.

An exception to Sunday and public holiday rest applies to the sale of goods and to hospitality activities in the travel industry. In addition, the exemptions apply to self-employed traders who visit other persons in the course of their business. You do not need to make an application for this.

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

This applies, among other things, to:

  • Bakery or confectionery from bakeries and pastry shops,
  • Flowers from the florist's shop,
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • as well as for mainly self-produced or processed agricultural, wine, fish and forestry products.

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The granting of an exemption from the Sunday and public holiday rest within the meaning of Section 55e GewO requires a written application.

Submit your application with the necessary documents to the competent authority.

The competent authority will examine your application.

If your application is approved, you will receive the Authorisation in writing.

Contact the trade office of your municipality or city, whereyou have your habitual residence.

  • They operate a business in the travel industry.
  • Your employees at the points of sale may be employed on Sundays and public holidays during the permitted opening hours and a maximum of 30 minutes for preparation and follow-up. The duration of the individual worker's employment period on Sundays and public holidays may not exceed 8 hours.
  • At least 20 Sundays a year must remain job-free.
  • Application
  • identity card or other official identity document with passport picture,
  • Commercial register extract and
  • Travel trade card (for activities subject to travel insurance)

Fees range from 25.00 to 100.00 euros. In addition, additional expenses may be incurred.

Your application must have been approved before the activity is carried out on Sundays and public holidays.

If the information and documents are complete, the application will be processed in a timely manner.

Opposition to the refusal of the exemption.

Detailed information on how to appeal can be found in the communication.

A travel trade is defined by the Trade Code as the outpatient trade, for example:

  • Owner of a market stall,
  • Showman or
  • "flying traders".

For the operation of a travel business, you need a permit, the travel trade card, with the exception of certain travel card-free activities. Further information can be obtained on request from the trade office of the municipality or city responsible for you.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Ministry of Economy, Science and Digitisation of the State of Saxony-Anhalt

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