Passengers disembarking from the aircraft
Passengers disembarking from the aircraft

Current information

on flying under corona conditions

Published: 10 June 2020, 03:03 PM
Updated: 31 March 2021, 11:49 AM

The airport company

takes the current health situation very seriously

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.

What you need to consider when flying under corona conditions can be found here.

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.

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 149 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.

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Flying safely under corona conditions

What to consider when flying under corona conditions.