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Important information about the current situation in Berlin

Dear Berlin visitors,

Thanks to the falling incidence figures, the first easing measures are being implemented in Berlin. If the numbers remain below 100, you are allowed toBerlin's outdoor cafés and restaurants on the Friday before Pentecost, May 21st, even serving guests again!

Further relaxations and openings, for example for Berlin's hotels, are being discussed and will be implemented in further steps depending on the incidence. We'll keep you up to date.

According to the Senate resolution, the following rules will apply in Berlin from May 19

Ease of contact restrictions

  • Removal of strict outdoor contact restrictions at night.
  • Two households may meet outside, but no more than five people.
  • One household and one other person are allowed to stay indoors day and night (currently strictly prohibited from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.).
  • Children under the age of 14 are not counted.

Outdoor catering is allowed to open from May 21st

  • Contact restrictions for outdoor public spaces apply.
  • Guests must show a negative test result.

Outdoor cultural events

  • Cinemas, theaters, opera houses, concert halls and cultural venues may receive an audience of up to 250 people in the outdoor area.
  • The prerequisites are fixed seats and a hygiene concept by the organizers that complies with the currently applicable rules.
  • Among other things, the mask requirement applies as a protective and hygiene measure.

Tourist offers in the open air

  • Excursions, city tours, boat trips and comparable tourist offers may take place in the open air. A pre-requisite is an appointment booking for a fixed period of time.
  • All participants must have a negative test result.

Beach and outdoor pools & group sports

  • Beach and outdoor swimming pools are allowed to open with the approval of the locally responsible health department.
  • The prerequisite is a corresponding usage and hygiene concept, as well as a negative test result from the visitors.
  • Sport is again allowed outdoors in groups of a maximum of ten people who tested negative.
  • There is no compulsory test for school-age children.

Shopping & weekly markets

  • When shopping, the FFP2 mask is still required in all shops.
  • A negative test result is a prerequisite for visiting boutiques and shops that do not provide basic daily supplies.
  • Please note that it is also necessary to book an appointment in advance.
  • You can visit weekly markets without a negative test.

FAQ: Which rules apply in Berlin

Do I have to wear a mask / mouth and nose cover in Berlin?

  • In Berlin, wearing an FFP2 mask is mandatory in public spaces, on all public transport and in all non-private indoor spaces.
  • Children under six do not need to wear a mask.
  • A simple surgical mask is sufficient for children up to 14 years of age.
  • Anyone who does not comply with the mask requirement can be punished with a fine of 50 - 500 euros.

What else do I have to pay attention to on site in Berlin in times of COVID?

  • When visiting museums and sights, on shopping trips (exceptions are shops for basic daily needs) or to enjoy the culinary offerings in a restaurant or café in the outdoor area, you must show a negative Corona test and wear an FFP2 mask.
  • Many offers also require a ticket with a time slot to be booked online in advance.
  • Please also always observe the current rules and hygiene regulations of the respective provider.

Where can I travel from Berlin?

If you want to travel beyond Berlin, you have to know the respective regulations of the federal states or the European travel destinations. Since the situation is constantly changing, you should inform yourself shortly before the planned trip.

Where can I get tested in Berlin?

  • In the meantime, numerous larger and smaller test stations have established themselves in Berlin that offer rapid tests and in some cases also PCR tests.
  • You can now find test centers near almost all museums, attractions and shopping centers.
  • Please note that for organizational reasons, most of the test sites still require registration, in some cases also appointment booking via Test-To-Go Berlinis required.
  • Overview of the Berlin Senate Chancellery Corona test centers in Berlin.
  • You do not need to register for the following test centers
    • Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf (district Schmargendorf): Kurt-Weiss-Sporthalle, Franzensbader Str. 16, 14193 Berlin
    • Lichtenberg (district Rummelsburg): Max Taut OSZ, Fischerstraße 36, 10317 Berlin
    • Marzahn-Hellersdorf (district Hellersdorf): Jänschwalder Str. 4, 12627 Berlin
    • Middle (district Moabit): Zollpackhof, Elisabeth-Abegg-Str. 1, 10557 Berlin
    • Mitte (district Moabit): Poststadion Mitte, Lehrter Str. 59, 10557 Berlin
    • Neukölln (district of Neukölln): Carl-Legien-Schule, Leinestrasse 37-45, 12049 Berlin
    • As well as in numerous pharmacies

Test sites at the airport and when arriving by bus and train: Book your test online here in advance!

Test centers at the airport

At the Terminal 1 of BER can be used at two test sitesget tested for the Covid-19 virus. The cost of PCR tests is 69 euros, the rapid antigen test costs 29 euros.

  • Test area arrival areas, arrival 1, level E0, opposite arrival 1, open daily from 7 a.m. to 11.30 p.m.

You can book the test online here

  • Test area departure level, check-in areas, check-in areas 1-8, level 1, check-in areas 3-4, only rapid antigen tests, open daily from 4 a.m. to 11.30 p.m.

Book a test for Medicare test center here

Central test centers in Berlin

  • Central Station: The test center at Elisabeth-Abegg-Straße 1, 10557 Berlin is a six-minute walk away

Book the test online here

  • Central bus station (ZOB): Use the test center in Soorstraße, 14057 Berlin, daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Enter your address here and find the next test site

  • Central PCR test center in the city center:ewerk, Hall C, entrance from Mauerstraße 79 (2nd backyard) or via Wilhelmstraße 43.
  • Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday / Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Book a PCR test here

How much do rapid tests and PCR tests cost?

  • The cost of a rapid antigen test is up to 29 euros, depending on the provider, and up to 69 euros for the PCR test
  • Berliners can get a free test once a week (quick test)
  • Health insurance companies cover the costs for the rapid test and PCR test if the test is necessary from a medical point of view.

What do I have to bring to the test site?

  • Identification document (passport or identity card), if necessary proof of address.
  • FFP2 mask
  • Registration, proof on the smartphone is sufficient. In some cases, you can also register directly on site by scanning a QR code. Registration is no longer necessary at some test sites (see above).

How long is my test valid? How can I prove negative testing for the coronavirus?

  • Negative evidence is allowed on presentation not older than 24 hours and issued by an official testing center.
  • For Berliners, negative evidence of a quick test or self-test under supervision, issued by the employer, also applies.
  • For people who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or who are considered to have recovered from Covid 19 disease, there is no obligation to test Submission of relevant evidence.

What are the rules for shopping?

  • A negative corona test and an appointment are required to visit retail stores and use body-related services.
  • Exceptions are basic supply stores such as supermarkets, drug stores, pharmacies, bookstores, flower shops, garden centers, baby stores, wholesalers and petrol stations.

Is the curfew still in effect?

  • The night exit restrictions, according to which it is generally forbidden to leave your own apartment between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., no longer apply.

Regulations for fully recovered / vaccinated persons

  • Vaccinated and recovered people are still obliged to adhere to protective measures such as mask requirements and the requirement to keep a safe distance.
  • Notwithstanding the generally applicable contact restrictions, fully vaccinated and recovered people can exceed the permitted number of people at private get-togethers.
  • In addition, vaccinated and convalescent people can take advantage of all offers that are linked to the submission of a negative corona test, after submitting appropriate evidence.
  • When shopping (retail in general), visiting museums and hairdressers, there is no mandatory test.
  • No exit and contact restrictions.
  • A person is considered fully vaccinated if at least 14 days have passed since the last required vaccination dose.

How much does it cost to violate the Corona regulations in Berlin?

  • Failure to wear a prescribed mask can be punished with 50 - 500 euros.
  • Not keeping to the minimum distance can cost between 100 and 500 euros.
  • Anyone who does not immediately undergo a PCR test after a negative rapid test must expect a fine of 1000 - 5000 euros
  • You can find it here Catalog of fines of the Berlin Senate Chancellery.

What do I have to consider when entering Berlin from abroad?

  • Currently, all travelers must have a online entry registration to be filled out.
  • You also need to get tested before departure. The same applies to entry from foreign risk areas. The test must have the Robert Koch Institute criteria correspond
  • Completely vaccinated and recovered persons can alternatively deposit a vaccination or recovery certificate in the entry portal
  • You can find one on the information pages of the Berlin Senate Chancellery Overview of the current entry regulations for quarantine at home, as well as reporting and testing obligations.
  • You can find out whether you have to present negative evidence when traveling by bus or train from other European countries Re-open EU, the official website of the European Union.

You can find them here currently valid resolutions of the Senate Chancellery on the SARS-CoV-2 Infection Protection Measures Ordinance.

Please show responsibility, wear your FFP2 mask, adhere to the corona rules and hygiene regulations and use the corona warning app.

The most important information pages on the situation in Berlin

The RKI publishes the current case numbers of the federal states. You will find reliable information on the websites of the Ministry of Health and the RKI.

Information on entering Berlin

Inspirations from Berlin

  • Nevertheless, Berlin remains Berlin - and we will continue to send you tips and ideas on how to experience the beautiful sides of the capital - virtually and of course outdoors.
  • You can find the current overview here: What's open in Berlin.
  • With our highlight on the topic Urban art experience the whole of Berlin as a gigantic open-air gallery. You can also find tips on this in our blog. We'll take you to the Most Instagrammable Street Art Spots and introduce you to the top street art icons. Discover street art by tram and train or by bike.
  • On our Story app ABOUT BERLIN, the digital city guide for everyone who would like to experience Berlin history and stories on site - or virtually - you will find many other exciting topics and tour suggestions.

Now free download for iPhone and Android:

  • Discover art in public spaces or go on a Berlin tour with an audio guide.
  • Take walks, go skating or jogging and discover Berlin with the bicycle!
  • Besides, you can Arts and Culture from Berlin too, of coursedigital experience. We will of course continue to offer you manyInspirations from Berlin send home like thatvirtual offers of the museums.
  • In our visitBerlin blog you will always find new suggestions: For our "Strong stories from Berlin"We have taken a look at the past 600 years of history for you and selected those moments and episodes in which Berliners have shown particular courage and strength. Let yourself be inspired and strengthened a little.
  • With ourNewsletter we will be happy to keep you up to date on current trends and future travel offers from the capital on a monthly basis.
  • And because anticipation is the best joy, we have put together the Berlin highlights 2021 for you here. If you would like to take a look at the following year, you will find a lot of exciting information in our annual preview Berlin 2022.

Our city has already survived many crises. It will continue this time too!

Take care of yourself.

Your visitBerlin team

+++ Please note the current guidelines and guidelines for theRobert Koch Institute +++