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 partitions are being installed at 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 terminals. 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.

Quarantine on entry
from risk areas

Since 9 November 2020, travellers who have stayed in a risk area during the last ten days before entry must immediately quarantine themselves for ten days. The quarantine period can be shortened by a negative test. However, this test may not be carried out before five days after entry. The most recent quarantine regulations foresee exceptions. Entering passengers should therefore contact the respective health authority of their place of residence or stay. Free testing of travellers from risk areas is possible in designated medical practices within ten days. The current lists of medical practices can be found on the websites of the associations of statutory health insurance physicians in the respective federal state.

Corona tests at BER

Passengers and visitors can have a test for the Covid-19 virus in Terminal 1 of Berlin Brandenburg Airport. The test center is located on the arrivals level E0; an additional waiting area for registration is diagonally opposite. In Terminal 5 there is no Test Center.

Corona tests
© 2020 Centogene

The test center is operated by CENTOGENE GmbH; it is daily open from 7 am to 7 pm. The Test Center is open for both arriving and departing travelers as well as for visitors and other customers. Tests are available starting from infancy. For children, a test can only be carried out in the presence of a parent or legal guardian. 

Further information

The test costs 59 euros. A health insurance card is not required. Initially, an online registration via corona.centogene.com is necessary. The registration can either be done independently, before entering the test center, or on site with assistance. 

After the registration, payment is made and customers are then placed in the designated queue. Afterwards the smear test is performed. The test result is available within 24 hours. Customers receive an e-mail notification as soon as the result is available. The result can be accessed as a pdf file via the CENTOGENE account created during registration. 

In case of a positive result, the contact will be made by the public health officer or by the responsible public health department according to the postal code.

Travellers with symptoms should not use the test centers. They are obliged to contact the responsible health office by telephone as soon as possible to discuss the further procedure and, also after registering by telephone, to visit the general practitioner, one of the COVID-19 practices set up by the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Berlin or one of the Berlin examination centers. Unnecessary contacts, especially with elderly or chronically ill people, should be avoided and the usual rules of distance and hygiene 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.
  • Wearing a mask that covers the nose and mouth is mandatory for travellers at the airport. This includes the terminals and outdoor areas of the BER (streets, squares, etc.). This rule does not apply to children under six years of age. Distancing regulations are also in place and masks that cover the nose and mouth must be worn in food and shopping areas. In addition, some airlines require passengers to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth on flights. Therefore, you must check with your airline regarding the applicable regulations before your departure.
  • The gastronomic facilities at the airport currently only offer food and drink to take away.
  • 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. For example, in future the Federal Police will frequently forgo asking passengers to take of their shoes.
  • It is mandatory in Berlin and Brandenburg to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth both in public transport and while shopping. This also applies while travelling to the airports and in shops open at the airport.

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.
  • Keep a distance of two meters from infected or possibly infected persons.
  • 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

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