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.
Nonessential entry into Germany from non-EU states is generally not permitted. This rule does not apply to German citizens who enter the country. Current regulations on possible further exceptions can be found at the German Federal Ministry of the Interior:
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 (i.e. no rapid antigen tests, but PCR tests).
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.
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.
The test center is operated by CENTOGENE GmbH; it is daily open from 7 am to 8 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Detailed information on contact restrictions and quarantine measures of the federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg:
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)