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 within the terminals as well as during security checks and when boarding ensure that that passengers’ health is safeguarded when flying from BER, including under coronavirus conditions. Distance markers, plexiglass screens and contactless hand sanitiser dispensers help passengers to comply with the distancing and hygiene regulations in force. Passengers also receive the latest information regarding distancing and hygiene regulations via monitors and announcements in the terminal. Sufficient buses are provided for transport from and to the aircraft so that each bus is only around half occupied.

Important information for passengers

  • Compliance with the new distancing and hygiene rules means that certain processes at the airport are taking considerably longer, and passengers are therefore asked to be at the airport a minimum of two hours prior to departure of their flight.
  • Procedures such as check-in and security checks aim to be contactless as far as possible. Passengers are therefore asked to check in online and download their boarding pass directly to their smartphone, for example. 
  • Please check the entry requirements for your destination well in advance of your departure and have all the required documentation ready at check-in. A good, although not legally binding, overview is available on the following websites:

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

    https://reopen.europa.eu/de

  • Where possible, please bring only one piece of hand baggage to the security checks! The German Federal police and the major German commercial airports have developed a procedure to allow them to reliably check as many passengers as possible while safely complying with the distancing and hygiene rules.
  • Arriving passengers are asked to leave the terminal immediately after arrival and baggage reclaim.

3G regulations when traveling

ALL domestic and international passengers are obliged to carry proof that they are NOT infected with coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (evidence of a test, vaccination or of having recovered) at the time of travel. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this requirement.

The 3G regulations in Germany require passengers  to provide evidence of a negative test, vaccination or recovery (getested, geimpft, genesen).

Evidence of recovery

Passengers are deemed to have recovered if their coronavirus infection was minimum 28 days and up to maximum 6 months prior to travel. Testing for proof of recovery must have been carried out as laboratory diagnostics by means of nucleic acid detection (PCR, PoC-PCR or other nucleic acid amplification technology methods). Proof of recovery must be presented in hard copy or digital format in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish.

Proof of vaccination

Passengers are considered to be fully vaccinated if the final vaccination required was within the previous 14 days as a minimum. Vaccination must have been with one or more of the vaccines specified by the Paul Ehrlich Institute. Proof of vaccination must be presented in hard copy or digital format in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish. 

Proof of a negative test

Passengers with no proof of recovery or vaccination must present a negative test result to the airline at check-in.

The following tests are accepted as proof of testing:

  • from non-risk areas and high-risk areas: antigen test (within 48 hours prior to entry), PCR or PoC-PCR test (within 72 hours prior to entry)
  • from areas of variant of concern: antigen test (within 48 hours prior to entry), PCR or PoC-PCR test (within 72 hours prior to entry)

Self-tests, such as rapid tests that can be carried out independently at home, are not accepted.

Children under the age of 6 are exempt from the testing requirement.

Coronavirus testing at BER

Passengers and visitors can be tested for the Covid-19 virus by means of PCR tests and rapid antigen tests at Terminal 1 of BER.

Symptomatic individuals contact their primary care physician or established Art. The test centers at the airport are not to be used.

Asymptomatic persons (i.e. persons without symptoms) with a positive self-test or rapid test can visit the Test Centers at the airport for PCR retesting (according to §4b of the Coronavirus- Test Regulation)

Test centre on the arrivals level E0 for PCR and antigen tests

The test centre on the arrivals level E0 is open daily from 7.00 am to 9.30 pm. It is operated by Centogene. The test centre is open to passengers and visitors. PCR and antigen tests are carried out from infancy. Children may be tested only if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The test centre offers:

  • Various types of PCR test (throat swab) with the result generally in 24 hours/3 hours/75 mins./35 mins.
  • PCR tests for entry into Japan (saliva sample & throat swab) with the result generally in 24 hours/3 hours.
  • Antigen tests (nasal swab) with the result generally in 30 mins.

The currently valid prices and available appointments can be found on the operator’s website:

www.centogene.com

Test centre on departures level E1 for express PCR tests, antigen tests, antibodies tests and citizen tests

The test centre on level E1 in the check-in hall is open daily from 4.00 am to 10.30 pm. It is operated by Medicare. The test centre is open to passengers and visitors. Tests can be carried out from 0 years of age; children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The test offered are:

  • Express PCR tests (validated SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test) with the result within 20-45 mins.
  • PCR tests with the result generally within 24-36 hours.
  • Antigen tests and free citizen tests within the result within 15 mins.
  • Antibodies test: result within 15 mins.

Information regarding the currently valid prices and the process from registration to the test result can be found on the operator’s website:

www.covid-testzentrum.de/berlin-airport

Entry requirements

All persons entering the Federal Republic of Germany by air must present the carrier with a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of having recovered prior to departure. This requirement applies regardless of where they have travelled from.

You can find detailed information regarding travel restrictions and the latest rules concerning possible exceptions on the German Federal Foreign Office website.

Recovered or fully vaccinated with evidence Not recovered or not fully vaccinated
Entry from non-risk regions

 

Registration: No

Quarantine: No

Compulsory test: No

Documentation: Submission of proof of vaccination / recovery before departure

 

Registration: No

Quarantine: No

Compulsory test: Yes

Documentation: Submission of proof of negative test before departure

Entry from high risk regions

 

Registration: Yes

Quarantine: No

Compulsory test: No

Documentation: Submission of proof of vaccination / recovery before departure

 

Registration: Yes

Quarantine: 10 days, or earlier subject to negative test after 5 days/ children under 12 years can leave quarantine after 5 days without a test

Compulsory test: Yes

Documentation: Submission of proof of negative test before departure

Entry from virus variant regions 

 

Registration: Yes

Quarantine: Yes, min.14 days

Compulsory test: Yes

Documentation: Submission of proof of negative test before departure

 

Registration: Yes

Quarantine: Yes, 14 days

Compulsory test: Yes

Documentation: Submission of proof of negative test before departure

     
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High risk areas and virus variant areas are defined and published by the RKI

Mandatory registration on entry

Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk area or an area of variant of concern for up to ten days before entry must complete the German Federal Republic’s entry registration prior to flying. The passenger must carry a PDF confirmation of the entry registration. The airline is required to check this and refuse to carry any passenger who fails to present this confirmation.

The proof of recovery, vaccination or negative test result are passed to the Federal Republic of Germany via the entry registration.

More detailed information

Please note that due to the dynamic development of the situation, changes in regulations may occur at short notice. If in doubt, the latest legal wording of the respective state ordinances or of the German Federal Ministry of Health always apply.