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Important information about the current situation in Berlin

Stay mindful

Dear Berlin visitors and Berliners,

thanks to the falling incidence figures, the further relaxations are being implemented in Berlin. Berlin's hotels and museums are open and cafes and restaurants are allowed to serve guests without having to collect their contact details! And at outdoor events, even the testing requirement is waived (up to 500 people present).

Look forward to the following openings & loosenings of restrictions 

  • Hotels may welcome guests again
  • Indoor restaurants may open
  • You can visit theaters, concert halls and cinemas again
  • Fairs and festivals are allowed to take place again.
  • Outdoor dance events may take place with up to 250 - negatively tested - visitors.
  • No more contact restrictions outdoors
    • Indoors ten people from five households are allowed to meet
    • Children under 14 are not counted.
       

An FFP2 mask and proof of a negative COVID-19 test are still mandatory at various places, including some listed here. In some cases, you need to book an appointment  and buy a ticket with timeslot reservation in advance. 

Here you can find ourcurrent overview: What's open in Berlin and here the Top Open Air-Events this summer.

 FAQ: What are the rules in Berlin?

Do hotel guests have to present a negative test? What do I have to consider when visiting Berlin with an overnight stay in a hotel?

  • You do not have to present a negative test as a hotel guest, however certain hygiene and distance rules apply.
  • Please provide your personal information truthfully for contact tracing in case of infection.
  • You must wear an FFP2 mask in all enclosed areas of lodging facilities.
  • If you are visiting the indoor dining area of a hotel, you must provide a current negative Corona test or proof of vaccination or recovery. This requirement is waived for hotel guests.

COVID19-testing in Berlin: These rules apply

  • Testing is mandatory for everyone entering the country who has stayed in a foreign risk area within the ten days prior to their entry.
  • In addition, all persons entering by air are also subject to mandatory testing.
  • Click here for the Senate's overview of entry.
  • You must present a negative Corona test:
    • if you want to visit the interior of restaurants and cafes.
    • if you are taking part in city tours and guided tours.
    • if you are attending cultural events, provided there are more than 20 participants.
    • when you go dancing. Dancing events are allowed only in the open air.
  • You do not have to present a negative test at the hotel. Hotel guests are even allowed to eat at the hotel restaurant or enjoy breakfast indoors without showing a negative COVID19-test.
  • Recovered and fully vaccinated persons (15 days after the second vaccination) are exempt from the testing requirement if they provide the appropriate proof.

When is wearing an FFP2 mask mandatory in Berlin?

  • In Berlin, it is mandatory to wear an FFP2 mask  on all public transportation, at bus stops, in train stations and airports, in queues, in the outdoor areas of cultural institutions, when attending events (unless you are in your seat), and in all non-private indoor spaces, such as shopping centers or museums & exhibitions.  Find here an overview of the hygiene regulations in Berlin.
  • In Berlin, it is mandatory to wear an FFP2 mask in all public transport,
  • Masks are no longer mandatory outdoors at the zoo and Tierpark.
  • Masks also no longer have to be worn in shopping streets and very busy squares - unless the minimum distance cannot be maintained.
  • Children under six do not have to wear a mask.
  • For children up to 14 years of age, a simple surgical mask is sufficient.
  • Anyone who fails to comply with the mask requirement may be fined between 50 and 500 euros.

What else do I need to know, when visiting Berlin in times of COVID?

  • Please show responsibility, wear your FFP2 mask, follow the Corona rules and hygiene regulations and use the Corona warning app.
  • To support fast, secure and digital contact tracking in private and public spaces, you should use the luca app.
  • You must show proof of a negative Corona test and wear an FFP2 mask when visiting museums and sights, indoor restaurants and cafés.
  • When shopping or visiting restaurants and cafés with outdoor seating a negative Corona test will no longer be required.
  • Many offerings also require you to book a ticket with a timeslot reservation in advance.
  • Here you find an overview of what is open in Berlin.
  • Please also always observe the current rules and hygiene regulations of the respective providers.
  • Here you can find the currently applicable resolutions of the Senate Office on the SARS-CoV-2 infection control measures ordinance.

Where can I travel to from Berlin?

If you want to travel outside of Berlin, you need to know the respective regulations of the federal states or European destinations. Since the situation is constantly changing, you should inform yourself at short notice before the planned trip.

  • The Tourismus Wegweiser (Tourism Guide) provides an overview of the situation in the individual federal states.
  • The website of the Federal Foreign Office provides a worldwide overview of existing travel warnings.
  • An overview of current risk areas is provided by the Robert Koch Institute.
  • Re-open EU provides an overview of the health situation in European countries based on data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

Do I need a negative test in the restaurant?

  • Outdoor gastronomy: you do not need a negative Covid19-test
  • Indoor gastronomy: the number of people is limited, you need to make a reservation in advance and show proof of a negative Covid19-test. Please aks the restaurant or café of your choice beforehand how many people you are allowed to bring.

Covid-19 test facilities at the airport & the main bus and train stations: Book your test online in advance here

Covid-19 test areas at the airport

There are tow Covid-19 test areas at terminal 1 of the Berlin Brandenburg airport (BER)

  • Arrivals areas, Arrival 1, Level E0, opposite of Arrival 1, open daily from 7 am to 11.30 pm.

Book your test with Centogene here

  • Test area on departure level E1 (Medicare), In the check-in hall (check-in areas 3-4), open daily from 4 am to 11.30 pm.

Book your test with Medicare here

Central test facility in Berlin

  • Hauptbahnhof (main station): You can reach the test center at Elisabeth-Abegg-Straße 1, by foot in sechs minutes.

Hier Test online buchen

  • Berlin Central Coach Station (Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof | ZOB): There is a Covid-19 test center at Soorstraße, 14057 Berlin, täglich 10 – 18 Uhr

Enter your adress and find a test center nearby

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

Book your Covid-19 test here
 

How much do rapid tests and PCR tests cost?

  • The citizenship test in Berlin is free of charge. Fees may apply for other tests, depending on the test centre. We recommend the testing centers of the Senate Department of Health, Care and Equal Opportunity or the test-to-go sites.
  • Health insurance companies cover the costs of the rapid test and PCR test if the test is necessary from a medical point of view. Please contact your health care provider if you are not insured in Germany.
  • There are also various private test stations, for example at the airport. Costs for antigen rapid tests may cost up to 29 or even 40 euros, depending on the provider, for the PCR tests cost up to 69 or even 89 euros (express tests up to 170 euro).
 

What do I need to bring to get Covid-19 tested?

  • You need to bring an Identification document (passport or ID card), and proof of address in Germany.
  • Wear an FFP2 mask
  • At some places you need to show your registration, proof on smartphone is sufficient. In some cases, you can also register directly on site via scanning a QR code. At some test sites (see above), registration is no longer necessary.

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

  • The proof of a negative Covid-19 test can not be older than 24 hours and must be issued by an official test center.
  • Berliners may also show a negative proof of a rapid or self-test under supervision issued by the worker's employer.
  • Everone who has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or is considered to have recovered from Covid 19, the testing requirement does not apply if the relevant evidence is presented.

What are the rules for shopping?

  • When shopping, FFP2 masks are still mandatory in all stores. Children below 14 may wear other masks.
  • You don't need to show a negative test when shopping.
  • It is no longer necessary to collect contact information for tracking.
  • You are also allowed to visit weekly markets without negative test.
  • Flea markets are allowed to reopen.

Do the contact restrictions and the curfew still apply?

  • Nighttime curfew restrictions no longer apply.
  • There are no more contact restrictions outside
    • Indoors ten people from five households are allowed to meet
    • Children under 14 are not counted.

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

  • Not wearing an FFP2 mask can be penalized with 50 - 500 euros.
  • Not keeping to the minimum distance can cost between 100 - 500 euros.
  • Whoever does not immediately undergo a PCR test after a positive rapid antigen test must expect a fine of 1000 - 5000 euros.
  • Here you can find the fine catalog of the Berlin Senate Chancellery: Bußgeldkatalog der Berliner Senatskanzlei.

What do I have to know when traveling to Berlin from another country?

What do I need to consider when coming from a high-risk area?

Please observe the travel and safety regulations of the German Foreign Office, as well as the Information on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in Germany.

The most important information pages at a glance

The Robert Koch Institute publishes the current case numbers of the federal states on a daily basis (some of it only in German language). Here are some additional sources of information.

How many people are allowed to come to an event?

  • Outdoor events may be held with up to 2000 people,
  • Indoor events may be held with up to 500 people. If more than 20 people attend, all must be tested.
  • Both indoors and outdoors, a seat must be allocated to all those present, if there are more than 20 people present at the same time.
  • The seating obligation does not apply if all persons present have tested negative (for events with up to 250 persons).
  • At private parties, up to 50 guests may be present at the same time indoors. Outdoors, the maximum number of guests is 100.

What rules do organizers have to follow in Berlin to ensure a safe visit:

Cultural events: Outdoors & Open Air

  • Cinemas, theaters, opera houses, concert halls and cultural venues are allowed to host outdoor audiences of up to 500 people. Testing is required for events with 250 people or more.
  • The prerequisite is fixed seating, as well as a hygiene concept of the organizer that complies with the currently applicable rules.
  • Among other things, the guest are required to wear masks.

Excursions, Sightseeing and Boat Tours

  • Excursions, sightseeing tours, boat trips and comparable outdoor tourist offers may take place.
  • The prerequisite is a prior appointment booking for a fixed limited period of time.
  • All participants must have a negative test result.

Beaches and outdoor pools & sports

  • The Berlin Marathon will take place on September 26 with up to 35,000 participants.
  • Beach and outdoor pools may open with the approval of the local health department.
  • The prerequisite is an appropriate hygiene concept, as well as a negative test result of the visitors.
  • Outdoor sports are again permitted. Adults must have tested negative.
  • Indoor sports is allowed in groups of no more than ten people. All of them must have tested negative.
  • For school-age children, the test requirement does not apply.
  • Fitness, Dance and Sport studios may open again. Visitors need to be tested and make an appointment in advance.

    Please continue to behave responsibly, wear your protective mouth-nose masks and keep your distance. Frequent hand washing also remains an important factor in containing coronavirus. In addition, vaccinations and increased testing should help contain the virus.

Inspirations from Berlin

Brandenburg Gate with flowers in spring in Berlin
Brandenburg Gate in spring © (c) visumate

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