Flying under corona conditions
Flying under corona conditions

Flying safely

under corona conditions

Flying safely

under corona conditions

The airport company takes the current health situation very seriously and is working closely with the responsible authorities at state and federal level to protect passengers, visitors, employees and partners from infection and to prevent the spread of the virus.

Processing passengers under corona conditions

Numerous measures in the terminals as well as at security checkpoints and boarding areas ensure that passengers the airport can board their flights safely despite corona conditions. Distance markings on the floor at the check-in areas, security checkpoints and baggage claim areas help passengers to comply with the applicable distancing rules. Plexiglas dividers are attached to check-in and boarding counters as well as at security checkpoints and passport control. Travellers also find contactless hand sanitiser dispensers in all terminal areas. Passengers will find wipe dispensers at self-check-in counters to disinfect displays and handles themselves. In addition, travellers receive up-to-date information on distancing and hygiene rules via the monitors and announcements in the terminal. For the transport to and from the airplane, enough buses are provided, so that each bus is only about half occupied. Travellers are asked not to all board the first available bus to ensure that the maximum capacity is maintained.

BER already received two important certificates for strict compliance with hygiene measures during the COVID-19 pandemic in December 2020: the Airport Health Accreditation and the German Hygiene Certificate. Both certificates guarantee passenger’s high health and hygiene standards during their stay.

Entry requirements

All persons entering the Federal Republic of Germany by air must present the following to the carrier before departure: a negative test result, a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery. This obligation to provide proof applies regardless of where they have been staying. 

Non-essential entry from non-EU countries to Germany is not permitted (note: the UK is no longer an EU member as of 1 January 2021). German citizens are generally exempt from this.

Detailed information on travel restrictions as well as current regulations on possible exemptions can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior

Entry requirements in destination countries are subject to daily changes. A good (though not legally watertight) overview is available on the following websites:

https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php

https://reopen.europa.eu/de

 

Registration, quarantine and testing obligation for entering

The following overview shows which regulations apply to travellers with regard to registration, quarantine and testing obligations when entering Germany. An explanation of the individual points, including links to further information, can be found in the table below.

Recovered or fully vaccinated with submission of proof Not recovered or not fully vaccinated
Entry from Non-risk area

 

Registration obligation: No

Quarantine obligation: No

Test obligation: No

 

Registration obligation: No

Quarantine obligation: No

Test obligation: Yes

Entry from risk area

 

Registration obligation: Yes

Quarantine obligation: No

Test obligation: No

 

Registration obligation: Yes

Quarantine obligation: Yes, generally 10 days; can be ended ahead of schedule with proof of a test

Test obligation: Yes

Entry from high incidence area

 

Registration obligation: Yes

Quarantine obligation: No

Test obligation: No

 

Registration obligation: Yes

Quarantine obligation: Yes, generally 10 days; can be ended ahead of schedule with a further test after 5 days

Test obligation: Yes

Entry from Virus variant area

 

Registration obligation: Yes

Quarantine obligation: Yes, at least 14 days

Test obligation: Yes

 

Registration obligation: Yes

Quarantine obligation: Yes, at least 14 days

Test obligation: Yes

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Risk areas, high incidence areas and virus variant areas are defined and published by the RKI

Proof of recovery

Travellers are considered to have recovered if their coronavirus infection dates back at least 28 days to a maximum of 6 months. The proof of recovery must have been done as a laboratory diagnosis using nucleic acid detection (PCR, PoC-PCR or other methods involving nucleic acid amplification technology). Proof of recovery must be submitted in physical or digital form in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish. 

Proof of vaccination

Travellers are considered fully vaccinated if the last required vaccination dates back at least 14 days. The vaccination must be carried out with one or more vaccines specified by the Paul Ehrlich Institute. Proof of vaccination must be submitted in physical or digital form in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish.

Proof of recovery, vaccination or a negative test must be submitted to the Federal Republic of Germany’s entry registration website at http://www.einreiseanmeldung.de

Registration obligation upon entry

Travellers who have been in a risk area, high incidence area and/or virus variant area up to ten days before entry must complete entry registration at http://www.einreiseanmeldung.de before departure. A PDF confirmation of the entry registration must be carried by the passenger. The airline is obliged to check this and if it is not presented, the airline must refuse to take the passenger.

If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to make a digital entry registration, a substitute notification in paper form must be completed instead (“passenger locator card”).

Test obligation upon entry into Germany

After a stay in a risk area, travellers must be able to prove that they are not infected with the coronavirus no later than 48 hours after entry. The responsible authority (usually the public health department) can demand presentation of proof up to ten days after entry. 

Travellers from high incidence or virus variant areas must be tested before departure and must provide the airline with a negative test result.

The following tests are accepted as proof of testing:

  • from non-risk areas, risk areas and high-incidence areas: antigen test (no older than 48 hours before entry), PCR or PoC-PCR test (no older than 72 hours before entry)
  • from virus variant areas: antigen test (no older than 24 hours before entry), PCR or PoC-PCR test (no older than 72 hours before entry)

Travellers can find an overview of the accepted Covid-19 tests here: https://www.rki.de/tests

Self-tests, meaning e.g. rapid tests that can be carried out independently at home, do not fulfil the entry requirements for destination countries. 

The Federal Police carry out random checks as part of their border control tasks.

Covid-19 tests for those entering the country are generally not free of charge.

People aged 6 and below are exempt from the test obligation.

Please note that due to the dynamic development of the situation, changes in the regulations may occur at short notice. Therefore, in case of doubt, the current legal texts always apply.

Federal Ministry of Health

Corona tests at BER

Passengers and visitors can be tested for the Covid 19 virus with PCR tests and rapid antigen tests in Terminal 1 at BER.  

Test area on arrivals level E0 for PCR- and antigen-tests

The test area in the arrivals area is operated by CENTOGENE GmbH; it is open daily from 7:00 am to 10:30 pm. The Test Center is located on Arrivals level E0; an additional waiting area for registration is diagonally opposite. The test centre is open to travellers and visitors. PCR and antigen tests are performed from infancy onwards. Children can only be tested in the presence of a parent or guardian. 

The test costs 29 (antigen) resp. 69 euros (PCR test) or 169 euros (PCR test Premium). A health insurance card is not required. The test result is usually available within 30 minutes for the antigen test, within 60 minutes for the PCR test Premium and within 24 hours for the PCR test.

Information on the procedure, from registration to the test result, can be found on the website of the operator

Test area on departure level E1 for Fast PCR tests, antigen tests and citizen tests

In the check-in hall, passengers and visitors can be tested for the COVID-19 virus. The operator is Medicare Testzentrum - a company of Stay Safe GmbH.

The test offer includes:

  • Fast PCR tests - validated SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test (result in 40 minutes)
  • PCR test (result in 24-32 hours)
  • Antigen tests and citizen tests - validated SARS-CoV-2 antigen test from the manufacturers Siemens, Clungene, nal von minden and Realy Tech (result in 15-20 minutes)

The testing area is open daily from 4:00 am to 11:30 pm and is located on level E1 in the check-in hall. Registration will take place in front of check-in island 4 and swabs will be taken in front of check-in island 3. The tests can be carried out from the age of 0, for children only in the presence of a parent or guardian. The requirement is a valid official photo ID / passport, a health insurance card is not necessary.

The Fast PCR tests cost 170 euros, the PCR tests cost 75 euros und the antigen tests cost 40 euros. The citizen tests are available free of charge once a week. For this, you must register for an appointment in advance. 

Information on the procedure, from registration to the test result, can be found on the website of the operator

Persons with symptoms should not use the test sites at the BER. They are obliged to contact the responsible health office by telephone as soon as possible to discuss the further procedure and also to visit their family doctor after registering by telephone. Unnecessary contact, especially with the elderly or chronically ill, must be avoided and the usual distance and hygiene rules apply.

Basic rules for passengers

Travellers are asked to be at the airport at least two hours before departure, despite there being less traffic, since some processes at the airport take considerably longer under the new distancing and hygiene rules.

  • Processes, such as check-in and security checks, should be contactless wherever possible. For example, travellers are asked to check in online and load their boarding pass directly onto their smartphone.
  • In accordance with the regulation of the State of Brandenburg valid as of 23 January 2021, all persons in the terminals and other publicly accessible buildings of the BER (a.o. in the car parks) must wear a medical mask. Please also find out about the regulations when travelling by public transport and on board your airline before you start your journey.
  • Indoor catering is offered under conditions. The conditions include, among others, compulsory testing from the age of 6 (or proof of vaccination or convalescence) and compulsory wearing of masks when people are not at their designated seating. Please also follow the instructions on site or the instructions of the staff.
  • Arriving passengers are asked to leave the terminal immediately after arrival and baggage claim to avoid crowded terminals.
  • At the request of the Federal Police, each passenger is currently only allowed to carry one piece of hand luggage at the security checkpoints. The Federal Police and the large German commercial airports have developed a procedure to reliably check as many passengers as possible while safely observing the distancing and hygiene regulations. 

All about your flight

Passenger in front of display board check-in hall

For your individual journey you can get information about flying or have a look at selected topics:

Country-specific travel warnings

Comprehensively differentiated travel and safety instructions and travel warnings issued by the Federal Foreign Office have again been in force for individual countries since 1 October 2020. 

Basic rules set out by the Federal Foreign Office:

• A travel warning for non-essential tourism will generally continue to apply to all countries that are classified as risk regions by the Federal Government.

• We generally advise against unnecessary tourism to countries for which quarantine provisions are in place after entering Germany since entry is only possible to a limited extent, or to those that do not allow unrestricted travel overall.

• The travel warning is lifted and special care is advised for countries in which both the rate of infection is low, where there are opportunities for unrestricted travel and if no other reasons indicate otherwise.

Detailed, up-to-date information can be found on the Federal Foreign Office website.

Find out what applies to your destination country in the Federal Foreign Office’s travel and safety advice

General hygiene measures

  • The preventive and professional disinfection of surfaces that are particularly heavily used (e.g. buttons, lifts, handles, handrails, grips, counters, info counters, boarding card scanners, passport control counters, self-check-in counters, food and beverage machines) has been significantly intensified.
  •  All bathroom facilities are continuously subjected to surface disinfection and the soap dispensers and seat cleaners are also refilled and professionally disinfected around the clock.
  • Departing and incoming passengers receive up-to-date information via announcements and monitors in the terminals.
  • The airport company urges passengers, visitors, anyone picking up or dropping off passengers, as well as employees and partners to comply with and implement the usual and most important hygiene rules.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly (20-30 seconds) with soap and water several times a day. Alternatively, use a hand disinfectant.
  • Postpone your trip; do not take anyone to the airport or pick anyone up if you have a respiratory infection.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands.
  • If you have to cough or sneeze, keep a clear distance to other people. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into the crook of your arm (covered with clothing) to catch droplets.
  • Avoid close welcome and farewell rituals. Refrain from shaking hands

Further information

The Robert Koch Institute provides up-to-date information on developments.

The Federal Centre for Health Education provides answers to frequently asked questions about the coronavirus.

 

Detailed information on contact restrictions and quarantine measures of the federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg:

Information platform for the state of Berlin

Information platform for the state of Brandenburg

 

Information from the Federal Ministry of the Interior on travel restrictions and border controls

Detailed information on the coronavirus from the Federal Ministry of Health

 

Questions about the coronavirus answered:

Coronahotline Berlin +49 30 9028 2828 (daily, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm)

Coronahotline Brandenburg +49 331 866 5050 (Mon, Wed & Fri, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm) 

Corona test center
Corona test center

News on Corona

You can find current developments on corona regulations in our news on this topic.