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Important information for your Berlin visit

Stay mindful

Dear Berlin visitors and Berliners,

thanks to the falling incidence figures, Berlin welcomes you again. Berlin's hotels and museums are open and cafes and restaurants are allowed to serve guests without having to collect their contact details! 

Please note that presumably from September 18 for catering and cultural facilities there is an option for 2G conditions. This means that only vaccinated and recovered people will be admitted.

Berlin is open

  • Hotels may welcome guests again. Guests must be tested negative on the day of arrival or show proof ov recovery or vaccination. Non-vaccinated or recovered persons must also present a negative test every third day of their stay.
  • Since August 20, people who have not recovered or been vaccinated are subject to stricter testing requirements.
  • Indoor restaurants may open.
  • You can visit theaters, concert halls and cinemas again.
  • Museums, galleries, memorials and libraries may once again receive more guests.
  • The obligation to book appointments for excursions, sightseeing tours, boat trips and comparable offers for tourist purposes no longer applies. Participants must present a negative corona test or proof of vaccination or convalescence when visiting closed rooms.
  • Fairs and folk festivals may be held again.
  • Outdoor dance events may take place with up to 1,000 - negatively tested - visitors.

An FFP2 mask (or, as of August 7, partly also a simple surgical mask) and proof of a negative COVID-19 test are still mandatory at various places, including some listed here.

Here you can find our current overview: What's open in Berlin and here 10 tips for a sustainable trip to Berlin.

 FAQ: What are the rules in Berlin?

How does the 2G option model work?

  • The 2G option model allows restaurateurs, cultural institutions and event organizers to make their offerings available only to those who have been vaccinated and recovered.
  • Attendance documentation is still required, and proof of vaccination or recovery must also be presented.
  • If the 2G option model is used, attendees do not have to wear a mask or meet the minimum distance requirement.
  • For large events, the occupancy rate may be 100 percent, with a maximum of 25,000 people present at one time.
  • Current information from the Senate on the 2G option model.

COVID19-testing in Berlin: These rules apply

  • Since August 1, all travelers who have not been fully vaccinated or recovered must present a current, negative Corona test. Children under the age of 12 are exempt. The new entry rules apply to all countries regardless of whether one is entering from a non-risk area, a high-risk area or a virus variant area.
  • For non-vaccinated persons, a stricter testing requirement has been in effect since August 20. Click here for the Senate's overview of entry.
  • You must present a negative Corona test:
    • at the day of arrival at your hotel or alternatively show valid proof ov recovery or vaccination. 
    • 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 50 participants.
    • when you go dancing. Dancing events are allowed only in the open air.
  • You do have to present a negative test when checking in at your hotel or show proof ov recovery or vaccination. . For persons who are not fully vaccinated or who have not shown signs of recovery, an intensified testing obligation applies. This is expanded to include attendance at indoor events and indoor and outdoor activities with more than 100 people present at one time.
  • Recovered and fully vaccinated persons (15 days after the second vaccination) are exempt from the testing requirement if they provide the appropriate proof.
 

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 have to present a negative test at arrival or show proof ov recovery or vaccination. 
  • For persons who are not fully vaccinated or who have not shown signs of recovery, an intensified testing obligation applies. This is expanded to include attendance at indoor events and indoor and outdoor activities with more than 100 people present at one time.
  • certain hygiene and distance rules apply.
  • Please provide your personal information truthfully for contact tracing in case of infection.
  • You must wear an medical mask or 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.

When is wearing an FFP2 mask mandatory in Berlin?

  • If masks are compulsory, a medical face mask must always be worn (unless otherwise regulated locally); wearing an FFP2 mask is compulsory in all public transport, at bus stops, in stations and airports and for services close to the body.  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 medical face mask or 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 still require you to book a ticket with a timeslot reservation in advance. Please book your tickets in time, preferably up to two weeks in advance.
  • Please also note that you can currently only get discounted tickets directly at the TV Tower with the Berlin WelcomeCard.
  • 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 six 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.
  • As of Oct. 11, Corona tests will no longer be free.
  • Until than, even as a tourist, you can be tested free of charge once per day/person by means of the so-called "citizen test".
     However, an official identity document is still necessary (but of course not a German one) so that your data can be entered on the test certificate. It is also relevant in which district you stay the longest/most frequently during your stay, as in case of a positive test the respective health office is responsible. Test-to-go sites are certified test centres that are affiliated to the "citizen testing".
  • 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, it is compulsory to wear a medical mask in all shops.
  • Starting August 7, a simple medical mask can be used instead of an FFP2-mask.
  • 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.
  • A negative corona test and an appointment are required for the use of services close to the head, such as a visit to the hairdresser, and the wearing of an FFP2 mask is obligatory.

Do the contact restrictions and the curfew still apply?

  • No, since 6 July there are no longer any contact restriction

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?

Since July 3 more people will be allowed to meet and come together

  • Outdoor events may be held with up to 2,000 people,
  • Indoor events may be held with up to 1,000 people. If more than 50 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 timeunless all those present have tested negative. 
  • 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.

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