Information sheet for travelers from abroad

Information Sheet for Travelers from Abroad

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Dear travelers, welcome to Berlin!
Together, it is our important task is to prevent SARS-CoV-2
from continuing to spread unnoticed.

This information sheet is relevant for three different groups:

  • Travelers from risk areas
  • Travelers from other areas
  • Travelers showing symptoms indicating they might be infected with SARS-CoV-2

1. Travelers from risk areas with an elevated number of SARS-CoV-2 infections

If you have been in a risk area during the 14-day period before entering Berlin, you are legally obligated to go home immediately and remain in self-quarantine for 14 days. Additionally, since August 08, you are legally obliged to get tested for SARS-CoV-2 if requested by the local health office (Gesundheitsamt des Bezirks), and to inform the local health office about the test result.
You can find an up-to-date list of risk areas on the website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI):

Website of the RKI

Test obligation

  • If you come from a risk area, you are legally obligated to get tested for SARS-CoV-2 if the local health office requests you to.
  • The test is free of charge if conducted within 10 days of your arrival

Test sites

  • Tegel Airport, Schönefeld Airport
  • Berlin Central Station
  • Central Bus Station (ZOB)
  • In a medical practice in Berlin, please refer to the website of the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Berlin

After the test

  • You have to self-quarantine until you receive the test result!

Test result is positive

  • At the test site, you will receive more information on how you will be contacted if your test is positive.
  • The quarantine remains in place.
  • The local health office will contact you and inform you of what to do.
  • The duration of the quarantine is determined by the local health office.

Test result is negative

  • At the test site, you will receive more information on how you will be contacted if your test is negative
  • Tests are a snapshot of a moment in time. At the time of testing you were not infected with COVID-19.
  • A second test after 5-7 days is strongly recommended. It is also free of charge.
  • There are no restrictions for you after notification of the final test result.

2. Travelers coming from any other area

You are coming from any area where the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 is less than 50 newly infected persons per 100,000 inhabitants within the past week?

Testing

  • You can choose to get tested. You will have to pay for the test.

Test sites

  • Please refer to the to the Website of the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Berlin:
    www.kvberlin.de – prior registration required.

After the test

  • You do not have to self-quarantine before receiving the test result.

Test result is positive

  • At the test site, you will receive more information on how you will be contacted
    if your test is positive.
  • You must go into quarantine immediately.
  • The local health office will contact you and inform you of what to do.
  • The duration of the quarantine is determined by the local health office.

Test result is negative

  • At the test site, you will receive more information on how you will be contacted if your test is negative
  • Tests are a snapshot of a moment in time. At the time of testing you were not infected with COVID-19.
  • A second test after 5-7 days is strongly recommended. It will not be free of charge.

3. Travelers showing symptoms indicating they might be infected with SARS-CoV-2

Possible signs of illness:

You have the following symptoms: cough, fever, stuffy nose, impaired sense of smell or taste, sore throat, and/or difficulty breathing?

Testing

  • To diagnose whether you are infected with SARS-CoV-2, please refer to the
    COVID-19 practices of the Kassenärtzliche Vereinigung (see www.kvberlin.de)
    – prior registration required

Until the test

  • You have to self-quarantine until the date of the test!

After the test

  • You have to self quarantine until you receive the test result!

Test result is positive or negative

  • See steps above depending on the risk area