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Important information about the current situation in Berlin

Stay mindful

Dear Berlin visitors and Berliners,

From Saturday, 24 April, the nationwide emergency brake will come into effect in Berlin. In part, even somewhat stricter rules apply, for the time being from 1 May up to and including 16 May.

Since Thursday, May 12, the entry regulations have been relaxed, even for the unvaccinated.

  • Fully vaccinated and recovered people: quarantine and mandatory testing are not required - as long as you do not come from an area with new, contagious virus variants.
  • Unvaccinated travelers can avoid quarantine if they can provide an antigen test (not older than 48 hours) or a PCR test (not older than 72 hours).

What applies with the emergency brake (Notbremse) in Berlin

The emergency brake rules apply if the threshold of 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants is exceeded in seven days on three consecutive days - and must be implemented on the day after next. They remain in force until the incidence falls below the threshold of 100 for five consecutive days.

Contacts and curfew

  • The curfew applies between 10 pm and 5 am. Jogging or walking alone is allowed until midnight.
  • Outdoors, two household are allowed to meet, but not more than five people at a time. Children under 14 years of age are exempt.
  • From 9 pm onwards, people are only allowed to be outside alone or in pairs at most.

Shops and restaurants

  • Supermarkets, drugstores and pharmacies, among others, may remain open.
  • Many shops must close at an incidence of 150, although the collection of ordered goods remains permitted.
  • In general, shops may only open for appointment customers with a negative Corona test.
  • Food service, including restaurants with outdoor seating, will remain closed. Pick-up and delivery of food is permitted.

Corona testing: Berliners with full vaccination and all those who have already been infected with Corona and have recovered no longer have to show a Corona test when shopping or visiting the hairdresser.

Cultural facilities and excursions

  • Theatres, operas, concert halls, museums, attractions, exhibitions and memorials must close.
  • Cinemas and clubs will also remain closed.
  • Cable cars, boat tours (not public transportation), tourist rail and bus traffic as well as river cruises must also suspend operations.

More freedom for convalescents and fully vaccinated people

  • When shopping (retail in general) and visiting a hairdresser, the obligation to show a negative COVID-test is waived
  • No exit and contact restrictions

Please show responsibility, wear your FFP2 mask, follow the Corona rules and hygiene regulations and use the Corona warning app.

The most important current information on the situation in Berlin

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.


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.

Information about entry to Berlin

  • Domestic quarantine of 10 days is compulsory for those entering from risk areas, for all who enter from areas with virus variants 14 days.
  • Long-distance buses in regular and occasional service are now allowed to stop at different stations in Berlin than the Central Bus Station if they come from a risk area.
  • The public transport system will also remain in operation. Doors of the suburban and underground trains will open automatically. Please board the buses at the rear. And wear a FFP2 mask, also in railway stations and ferry terminals, and when travelling by taxi. Violations can be punished with a fine of at least 50 to 500 euros.
  • Here you will find all the important information on how to get to Berlin.
  • Federal Ministry of Health: Current information for travellers

Please show responsibility, wear your mask, observe the Corona rules and hygiene regulations and use the Corona Warning App.

Inspirations from Berlin

Brandenburg Gate with flowers in spring in Berlin
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Our city has already survived many crises. This time we will make it too!

Take care of your loves ones and stay healthy!

Your visitBerlin team

+++ Please observe the current guidelines and instructions of the Robert Koch Institute +++