Air traffic from Berlin has risen significantly again since the beginning of July. Most airlines are back with a wide range of European holiday destinations as well as regular scheduled flights. 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 will also find contactless hand sanitiser dispensers at security checkpoints and waiting 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.
Passengers entering Germany from risk areas must be tested for the coronavirus within 72 hours of entry. Testing is also possible at the airport. The test offer is exclusively aimed at returning travellers who show no symptoms of corona. Children from the age of six can be tested in the presence of a parent or guardian. The tests are free of charge and are being carried out jointly by Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Vivantes Netzwerk für Gesundheit GmbH.
Registration and the swab itself usually only take a few minutes, however, waiting times must be expected depending on the demand. The test result is available within 72 hours. Those tested receive an email telling them that the result is available in the app. Returning travellers are still bound to comply with the current home quarantine regulations until the test result has been disclosed. If the test result is positive, the public health officer or responsible local health authority based on the postcode will contact the person concerned.
Travellers with symptoms should not use the airport test points. They are obliged to contact the responsible local health authority by telephone as soon as possible to discuss any further procedures and, also after registering by telephone, visit their GP, one of the COVID-19 practices set up by the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Berlin) or one of Berlin’s corona screening centres. Unnecessary contact, especially with the elderly or chronically ill people, must be avoided and the usual distancing and hygiene rules apply.
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.
On 15 June, the Federal Foreign Office exempted EU countries, Schengen states (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and the United Kingdom from the worldwide travel warning that continues to apply and replaced it with specific travel information for individual countries and regions. Even though the travel warning has been partially lifted, you should find out about any restrictions or quarantine requirements that may still apply in the respective countries of travel before your trip. Up-to-date information can be found on Federal Foreign Office website.
There are still partial quarantine obligations for travellers from non-European countries when returning to Berlin and Brandenburg. Please ensure that you are aware of the valid rules.
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)