Protection of cultural assets; promise of return

If foreign cultural property is to be temporarily loaned for an exhibition in Germany, the lender may be given a legally binding undertaking that it will be returned at the specified time.



  • foreign cultural property that has not yet been imported into Germany at the time of application
  • foreign lender
  • domestic borrower
  • Cultural property is to be temporarily imported into Germany for the purpose of holding an exhibition in Germany.


An application must be submitted to the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts for the issue of the restitution approval.

Before issuing the restitution approval, it obtains the consent of the Federal Central Office, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.


The application must be submitted in good time before import. Although there are no technical deadlines, it is strongly recommended that the relevant lead time is observed by submitting the application as early as possible.

Required documents

  • Information on lender and borrower

  • Information on the object on loan (brief description, inventory number...)

  • details of the intended exhibition (time, duration, place) and the agreed return time

  • Provenance

    (to be obtained at or otherwise professionally clarified provenance check


Please select a location in "Localization" so that the address of the responsible authority can be filled in.

  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Formloser Antrag (mit Unterschrift)
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.


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