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.
FAQ: What are the rules in Berlin?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
Central test facility in Berlin
- Hauptbahnhof (main station): You can reach the test center at Elisabeth-Abegg-Straße 1, by foot in sechs minutes.
- Berlin Central Coach Station (Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof | ZOB): There is a Covid-19 test center at Soorstraße, 14057 Berlin, täglich 10 – 18 Uhr
- 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
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Currently, all travelers must complete a digital registration before entering the country by air and/or from another country.
- You must also be tested before departure. The same applies to entry from foreign risk areas. The test must meet the criteria of the Robert Koch Institute
- Fully vaccinated and recovered persons can alternatively deposit a proof of vaccination or recovery in the entry portal.
- On the information pages of the Berlin Senate Chancellery you will find an overview of the current entry regulations on domestic quarantine, as well as reporting and testing obligations.
- You can check whether you also have to provide negative Corona-test when traveling by bus or train from other European countries on Re-open EU, the official website of the European Union.
- Since May 13, 2021, the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations (CoronaEinreiseV) apply uniformly throughout Germany.
- Here you will find all the important information on how to get to Berlin.
- Federal Ministry of Health: Current information for travellers
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 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.
- The Governing Mayor of Berlin - Senate Chancellery: Corona virus information
- Most test centres in Berlin can be found here: test-to-go.berlin
- Here you will find information of the Federal Ministry of Health
- Daily updated COVID-19 case numbers and evaluations of the Berlin health administration (in German language)
- We have summarised information on support for Berlin companies here.
- 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
Berlin will still be 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.
- With our highlight on Urban Art. you can experience the whole of Berlin as a gigantic open-air gallery. You can also find tips on this in our blog. We 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.
Tipp: On our story App ABOUT BERLIN, the digital city guide for all those who want to experience Berlin's history and stories on site - or virtually - you will find many more exciting topics and tour suggestions.
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- Discover art in public spaces or go on a Berlin tour with an audio guide.
- Take walks, go skating or jogging and discover Berlin by bike!
- In addition, you can of course also experience art and culture from Berlin digitally.
- In our visitBerlin blog you will find further inspiration. For our " Powerful Stories from Berlin", we have taken a look at the past 600 years of history and selected those moments and episodes in which Berliners have shown very special courage and strength. Let us inspire you and strengthen you a little.
- With our monthly newsletter, we are happy to keep you up to date on current trends and future travel offers from the capital.
- For a hopeful peek into the future, check out our Berlin highlights in 2021. If you'd like to take a look ahead to the following year, you'll find lots of exciting information in our Berlin 2022 preview.
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 +++