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Important information for your Berlin visit

Stay mindful

Dear Berlin visitors and Berliners,

we are very pleased to welcome you back to Berlin. Please note that the extended so called 2G regulation applies in Berlin. 

This means that vaccinated and recovered people can still stay in hotels. Berlin's museums, attractions, restaurants and cafés are also open for you. Please note the current rules for everyone health and safety. #vaxnvisitBerlin 

  • When visiting cafes, bars and restaurants, you must show proof of vaccination or convalescence, as well as a daily negative coronal test. People who have already received their third vaccination are exempt.
  • A maximum of 10 people are allowed to meet privately. This also applies to vaccinated and convalescents.
  • Dancing events are prohibited.

Here you can find the official announcement of the Berlin Senate.

 FAQ: What are the rules in Berlin?

The most important rules on 2G and 2G+ at a glance:

  • Please note that hotels and cultural institutions are subject to the 2G conditions for visitors over 18 years of age. This means that only vaccinated and recovered persons are admitted and masks are still mandatory.
    • for children and adolescents between 6 and 18 years of age, proof of a negative test is sufficient.
    • Children under 6 years of age do not have to present proof of vaccination or a negative test.
  • When visiting bars, cafes and restaurants, 2G+ applies. So you must also show a negative Coronatest, unless you have already received the third vaccination.
  • In addition to the 2G regulation (admission only for fully vaccinated or recovered persons), masks are compulsory.
  • Attendance documentation is still required.
  • When using the 2G option, proof of vaccination or recovery from SARS-CoV-2 must be digitally verifiable. Upon entry, proof must be verified digitally and with a photo ID.

Where does the 2G regulation apply in Berlin?

2G conditions apply to all visitors aged 18 and over. This means that only vaccinated and recovered persons may be admitted here. You also need to wear a mask!

  • in restaurants, cafés and bars 2G+ applies
  • in all cultural facilities (cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, etc.)
  • at all tourist attractions in enclosed spaces
  • in all shops (exempt are supermarkets, groceries and shops for your daily needs)
  • at events in closed rooms (with the exception of teaching activities of schools and universities)
  • in recreational facilities such as saunas, thermal baths, amusement parks and the like as far as in closed rooms
  • in the zoo, zoological gardens and botanical gardens in Berlin.
  • for events with more than 2000 participants, also outdoors.
  • Tickets with time slot reservations might be required.
  • Please check the website of the attraction you want to visit!
  • The 3G rule applies on buses and trains and on all platforms, i.e. you must be able to show a daily negative coronary test if you have not been vaccinated or recovered. It will be checked! It is mandatory to wear an FFP2-mask!
  • here you can find the official ordinance of the Senate on 2G

What do I need to consider when visiting Berlin with an overnight stay in a hotel?

  • Tourist overnight stays are only possible under 2G conditions.
  • Please provide your personal details truthfully for contact tracing in case of infection.
  • You must wear a medical mask in all closed rooms of the accommodation facilities.
  • certain hygiene and distance rules apply.
  • You must wear an medical mask or FFP2 mask in all enclosed areas of lodging facilities.
  • The 2G rule may be waived for the accommodation of persons of special importance.

What are the rules for shopping?

In all shops that do not serve daily needs, 2G applies.

  • When shopping, it is compulsory to wear a medical mask in all shops.
  • You must show proof of vaccination or proof of recovery and ID.
  • Supermarkets and shops for daily needs are exempt from 2G (proof of vaccination or recovery)
  • The 2G rule applies to the use of head-related services.

COVID19-testing in Berlin: These rules apply

  • All travellers who have not been fully vaccinated or recovered must present a current, negative Corona test. Children under 12 years of age 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.
  • When entering Germany by plane, you must already present one of the following proofs at the check-in at the departure point: a current, negative corona test, proof of a complete vaccination or a convalescent proof.
  • At the hotel, you must be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated or recovered. 
  • Many services in Berlin are only accessible to vaccinated and recovered persons from Monday, 15 November. The 2G rule applies to visitors aged 18 and over.
  • Click here for the Senate's overview of entry.

Do children have to present proof of vaccination or a negative test?

  • The obligation to 2G applies to persons aged 18 and over.
  • For children up to the age of six, neither a vaccination certificate nor a test is required, and they are also exempt from the mask requirement
  • For children between the ages of six and twelve, a negative test is mandatory. As an alternative to presenting a negative test, proof that the children are regularly tested at school can also be accepted (Note: This does not apply during holiday periods. Even outside school holidays, sometimes only the Berlin school ID card is accepted as proof here).
  • Some organisers also accept the presentation of a school ID for older school children (as an alternative to the negative test). However, this only applies if the children are tested regularly at school and not during holiday periods.

What should I do if I test positive for Corona as a visitor in Berlin?

  • In the event of a positive test, the hotel is obliged to inform the local health authority.
  • If you have any questions regarding the applicable SARS-CoV-2 Infection Control Measures Ordinance, for example regarding Section 19 or the topics of tourist offers and accommodation, please contact the Hotline +40 30 9028 – 2828 or check the website of the Senate Department for Health, Care and Equality for Quarantine regulations and contact numbers in the respective Berlin districts.
  • In general, the costs for accommodation and meals resulting from a quarantine are to be borne by the person in quarantine.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Are there still contact restrictions?

  • Yes, the Senate also provides for an upper limit for vaccinated and convalescent persons:
    • a maximum of 10 persons may meet. This also applies, if you are vaccinated or recovered.
  • Stricter contact restrictions apply to unvaccinated persons: Once an unvaccinated person is present, a household may only meet with two other people from another household. Children up to 14 years of age are exempt.
  • Dancing events are prohibited indoors and outdoors.
  • Upper limits for attendees at events (2G provided) 
    • outdoors, a maximum of 1,000 persons present at the same time 
    • indoors maximum 200 persons present at the same time
  • Maximum number of participants at sporting and cultural events as well as business events from 28 December with mandatory hygiene concept (2G+, including FFP2 mask requirement and additional proof of a negative coronatest.
    • outdoors maximum 3,000 participants
    • indoors maximum 2,000 participants

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.

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

  • 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?

  • We recommend the testing centers of the Senate Department of Health, Care and Equal Opportunity.
  • Please bring an official ID 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. 
  • 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, 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.

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 1,000 - 5,000 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.

 

Take care of yourself and your loved ones and stay healthy!

Your visitBerlin team

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