Berlin Air & Trade Show (ILA)
First held in July 1909, Germany’s “Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace (ILA)” trade show in Berlin is the oldest and one of the top three largest international aerospace trade shows in the world. In fact, the Wright Brothers were exhibitors at the first ILA! With its strategic location, it is a draw for Central and Eastern European partners with over 80 nations represented and hundreds of high-level international military and government delegations, as well as over 550 industry exhibitors and 72,500 visitors. This makes ILA an exceptional venue for meeting international counterparts, conducting government-to-government meetings, pursuing industry engagements and is a cost-effective means of advancing U.S. regional and international interests.
ILA 2024 will take place 05-09 June 2024. Commercial vendors should register on the ILA Berlin website at www.ila-berlin.de/en. Official U.S. Government participants must register with the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) below. We look forward to seeing you in Berlin!
IMPORTANT! 3 Required Actions!
*** Please complete the following 3 steps IN ORDER ***
Step #1- Register with ODC Germany
The ONLY way for official U.S. Government visitors to receive an ILA Berlin access badge is to register via the ODC Germany link highlighted below. Please register at this link prior to completing any other steps:
Step #2- Reserve your Hotel Room
UPDATE: Although the hotel booking deadline has passed, please coordinate with ODC for suggested hotels, particularly for any newly registered USG VIP delegations.
US Government Delegations: After registering with ODC at the above link, Distinguished Visitors and their delegation should make a hotel reservation directly with the Westin Grand Berlin using the keyword “US Embassy” to ensure you receive the U.S. Embassy-negotiated rate.
The Westin Grand Berlin
Address: Friedrichstrasse 158-164 · 10117 Berlin · Germany
Reservation Deadline: 23 April 2024
NOTE: To ensure accommodations at the negotiated rates, ODC Germany urges visitors to make arrangements before these deadlines. ODC has blocked a sufficient number of hotel rooms for U.S. Government Visitors. All remaining rooms will be released back to the hotels after the deadlines. ODC is unable to guarantee room availability at the negotiated hotel rates after these dates.
DoD Aircrew/Support Personnel: After registering with ODC at the above link, aircrew and support personnel should make a reservation at the Van Der Valk Hotel using the keyword “ILA ODC 2024.”
Van Der Valk Hotel Berlin Brandenburg
Address: Eschenweg 18 · 15827 Blankenfelde-Mahlow · Germany
Reservation Deadline: 6 May 2024
***Breakfast is included at both Westin Grand and Van Der Valk Hotel***
Step #3 – Submit your Country Clearance (if required)
COUNTRY CLEARANCE NOT REQUIRED AS LONG AS TRAVELER DOES NOT VISIT:
(1) a private industry where discussions will be CLASSIFIED or
(2) German military facilities (including the Ministry of Defense).
If country clearance is required: In addition to APACS, for visits to German military facilities or private industry where classified information will be discussed, complete and submit a request for visit (RFV) form in accordance with the DoD Foreign Clearance Guide, Section III.C.6.B (www.fcg.pentagon.mil/fcg.cfm) and email the RFV to BerlinRFV@state.gov.
2+4 Treaty Special Country Clearance Requests
The USAREUR-AF Liaison Office, U.S. Embassy Berlin, is the POC for any 2+4 Treaty special country clearance requests and can be contacted at email@example.com, or telephone: 0049-30-8305-2330/2311.
*** ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION ***
ODC Germany will provide a welcome packet for all registered official DoD/U.S. Government visitors, including a schedule of events, VIP badge (if applicable), emergency phone numbers and procedures, and a Berlin Visitor Guide.
Uniforms & Uniform Policy
Service dress uniforms (Business Attire) are worn on all Trade/Industry days. EXCEPTION: Aircrew and support personnel. Personal security is of primary concern. Per EUCOM and Embassy Germany regulations, travel via public transportation in uniform is NOT authorized.
ILA Berlin 2024 Entry Badges
An official entrance badge is required to gain entry to the Berlin Air & Trade Show (ILA) site. ODC Germany will process ALL badges for official DoD/U.S. Government visitors. To ensure you receive a ticket, register with the ODC (Step #1 above) and submit your country clearance request as required (Step #3 above) as soon as possible. For guests and show participants, show badges will be presented at the hotel during check-in. These badges will NOT be distributed by mail or on-site at the show.
**Note: Please be prepared to provide a government-issued photo ID (DoD CAC Card, Passport, Driver’s License, etc.) at the entrance to the show.
Schedule of Events
A U.S. Government-related schedule will be provided in the Welcome Packet upon arrival. The most up-to-date show schedule can be found at www.ila-berlin.de/en/.
ODC-contracted transportation will be provided for U.S. Government visitors between the Westin Grand hotel and the trade show. Transit to the show takes approximately 45-60 minutes depending on traffic conditions. Uniforms may be worn on ODC-contracted bus transportation. Transportation details will be provided closer to ILA.
Official and Industry Receptions
Official and industry receptions are by invitation only. Your host should provide you invitations to these events. Outside of the Embassy hosted U.S. industry reception and the transatlantic reception at the Reichstag, ODC Germany does not have a role in invitations. Those who wish to travel to/from private events in uniform must utilize taxis/rental vehicles or dedicated transportation.
NOTE: ODC would like to call your attention to an issue that could require advance planning on the part of distinguished visitors. Business at the Berlin Air Show is often conducted over meals. Senior visitors may therefore be invited to hosted working lunches during the show, and the regulations covering participation in such meals in Germany are different from those in CONUS. If you have any questions, please coordinate with your legal office.
The U.S. Embassy is not open to the public. Access is controlled for security reasons and limited to official business.
Websites of Interest
- Official ILA Berlin 2024 website: www.ila-berlin.de/en
- U.S. Embassy ODC-Berlin Air & Trade Show (ILA) website: https://de.usembassy.gov/ila/
Point of Contact
Please read this informational webpage in its entirety before contacting ODC Germany with questions. Please address any additional questions to ODC Germany by email at ILABerlinAirshow@state.gov.