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 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.

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Entry requirements

Nonessential entry into Germany from non-EU states is generally not permitted. This rule does not apply to German citizens who enter the country. Detailed information on travel restrictions can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

Compulsory testing for air travel to Germany

Since Tuesday, 30 March 2021 (0:00), air travellers are subject to compulsory testing before departure to the Federal Republic of Germany. The testing obligation initially applies up until and including 12 May 2021. The testing takes place at the approved centres abroad. 

The test result must be available before departure so that it can be presented to the airline. The smear test on which the test is based may in principle be taken no more than 48 hours before entry. Carriage by the airline is only permitted if a negative test result is presented. Passengers genereally have to bear the costs for the tests by themselves.

Detailed information on the new legal regulation and what to do in case of a positive test can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Quarantine and compulsory testing when entering

If you have stayed in a risk area, high incidence area, and/or a virus variant area, you must register using a digital registration form. You can provide information about your stays in the previous ten days on the www.einreiseanmeldung.de homepage. Travellers from risk areas must have a negative corona test with them (no more than 48 hours old) or take a test after entry. This can be done either at the airport or at any other test centre.

Those travelling from high incidence and virus variant areas must have their test with them on entry.

All tests must meet the requirements of the RKI.

Self-tests do not fulfil the entry requirements for Germany.

In principle, persons entering or returning from abroad who have stayed in a risk area within the last ten days before entry are obliged to undergo a ten-day quarantine immediately after entry. The possibility to end the quarantine obligation prematurely by a negative test result exists in principle only after five days. For high incidence and virus variant areas, stricter rules may exist according to state law. In Berlin and Brandenburg, persons arriving from virus-variant areas must go into quarantine for 14 days immediately after arrival. It is not possible to shorten the quarantine period by testing negative. 

All travellers from the aforementioned areas must go into quarantine at home for ten days immediately after arrival. This at-home quarantine can typically be ended with a negative test result after a minimum of five days. Please observe the quarantine regulations specific to your federal state.

The current quarantine regulations provide for exceptions. Incoming passengers should therefore contact the responsible local health authority of their place of residence or stay.  

Entry from virus variant areas

Since 30 January 2020, only persons with residence and right of abode in the Federal Republic of Germany and persons who merely transfer in the Federal Republic of Germany in a transit area of a commercial airport may enter Germany from virus variant areas. 

The currently designated virus variant areas can be found on the RKI homepage

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 11:30 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 59 (antigen) resp. 69 euros (PCR test). A health insurance card is not required. The test result is usually available within 30 minutes for the antigen test 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)
  • 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 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.

Information for residents

of the federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg

In the federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg, adapted ordinances for the containment of the coronavirus came into force in January 2021. For residents of the two federal states, the radius of movement will be restricted to a 15-kilometre radius around Berlin or the respective district / district-free city in Brandenburg if the 7-day infection incidence there exceeds 200. The restriction also applies to air travel. The decisive factor is the respective current incidence value, which the federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg provide on a daily basis. For more information, please visit the information portals of the two federal states.

Berlin

Brandenburg

In terminal area M of BER Terminal 5 (formerly Schönefeld Airport), the state of Brandenburg opened its 3rd vaccination centre in January. The vaccinations in the vaccination centres are organised by the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Brandenburg (KVBB), commissioned by the Ministry of Health of the State of Brandenburg (MSGIV). Information on vaccination and the vaccination centres in the state of Brandenburg can be found here:

Vaccination centres Brandenburg (in German only)

 

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 must wear a medical mask. In addition, at least one mouth-nose protection must be worn in the outdoor areas of the BER. Please also find out about the regulations when travelling by public transport and on board your airline before you start your journey.
  • 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.

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

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