Corona testing centers in Berlin

For their personal protection and the protection of the people around them, Berliners can be tested using a rapid test (PoC antigen test). In the case of a suspected infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (e.g. in the case of symptoms or as a close contact person), affected persons should seek clarification or testing. Please also observe the testing obligations in accordance with the SARS-CoV-2 Basic Protective Measures Ordinance.

Commercial testing centers offer mainly rapid tests. They usually do not do PCR follow-up testing. The only exception is if a person tested positive in a rapid test at a commercial testing site and then receives the free PCR test directly on site.

As of 30 June 2022, no free tests are being offered to asymptomatic individuals. Eligibility for free testing continues in some cases. Overview: These groups of people are eligible for free or cost-reduced rapid tests.

A list of certified providers can be found at The list is constantly updated.

If you have any complaints regarding testing centers, please contact us by e-mail at

COVID-19 doctors’ practices

Several doctors’ practices in Berlin have agreed to treat patients who have COVID-19 symptoms and suspect they are infected and who are unable to contact their own doctor. The COVID-19 practices have taken the necessary corona protective measures and ensure that the patients are treated separately.

The Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians Berlin (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung) provides information on its website about the locations of these practices and the requirements for treatment.

Please note that the COVID-19 doctors’ practices are intended for patients with coronavirus symptoms. Information and “testing options for people returning to/entering the country from risk areas” who do not have symptoms have been listed separately by the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians.

Tests in pharmacies

Pharmacies can perform rapid tests, but they are not obliged to do so. Ask the staff if and when the pharmacies offer rapid tests. Many pharmacies also offer free PCR retesting for people who are symptom-free but have received a positive rapid test result.

Regulations concerning costs

PCR tests

If a test is necessary from a medical point of view or from the point of view of the public health department, or if a rapid test result is positive, the costs for the SARS coronavirus-2 PCR test are covered by the health insurance companies.

PoC antigen tests (“rapid tests”)

For asymptomatic persons, rapid tests are subject to a charge. However, in some cases there is a right to a free or cost-reduced test. These groups of people are entitled to free or cost-reduced rapid tests.


Sample test templates and comprehensive information on rapid and self-tests available for download. Further Information

Certification as a testing site

The operation of a testing center is only allowed after authorization by the public health department. The information sheet informs interested parties about the requirements as well as the necessary documents. The registration form must also be submitted.

  • Operation testing site: Information for interested parties

    In German; not barrier-free

    PDF-Document (545.5 kB)

  • Registration form testing center

    In German; not barrier-free

    DOCX-Document (21.1 kB)

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