Corona tests at airports to start on Wednesday
Since Wednesday (29 July 2020), travellers returning from so-called risk areas have been able to have themselves tested for the coronavirus at Berlin Airports. The test will take place at Tegel Airport, followed by Schoenefeld Airport on Thursday.
Passengers walk at Tegel Airport under a sign with the signs for departure and arrival.
Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of Berlin Airports, in front of the tower at the Capital Airport BER
Tegel: Corona test facility in terminal A
As the Berlin Senate Chancellery announced in a press release dated 28 July 2020, the coronavirus test centre at Tegel Airport is located in Terminal Building A, opposite Gate A00 and A07, and is open from 8 pm to 8 pm. A corona test station is also in preparation at Schoenefeld Airport in Terminal Area L, which is scheduled to open on Thursday. Corona tests at Berlin Airports are free of charge and are currently still voluntary.
Test results should be transmitted within 48 hours
To take a test, travellers must register on site at the test centre. According to the Senate Chancellery, this can be done digitally using a web application or manually at the airport. The swabs are taken by employees of the Charité and Vivantes. The test results should be submitted within 48 hours. If the test is positive, the responsible public health department is automatically informed - as with tests at other test centres or by the general practitioner.
Corona tests at the airport soon to be mandatory
Berlin's governing mayor Michael Müller (SPD) had announced last Thursday that the tests for returnees from high-risk areas would take place this week. The Charité is responsible for the implementation. The conference of federal and state health ministers had agreed on Wednesday that travellers from such areas abroad should in future be tested for the coronavirus immediately after their return. To this end, test sites are to be set up at airports throughout Germany.
Risk areas are designated by the Federal Government and RKI
Together with the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German government has drawn up a list of countries that are considered to be risk areas with an increased risk of infection. In the latest version, the list ranges from Afghanistan and Egypt to the USA and the Central African Republic. The EU country Luxembourg is also on the list.
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Last edited: Wednesday, 29. July 2020 11:08 Uhr