Information on Covid-19 testing at German airports

At many German airports, it is possible to be tested for Covid-19. This is usually an RT-PCR test (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Test), which detects whether there is an acute infection with the Covid-19 virus.

New regulations for persons entering Germany from a risk area

From 11 January 2021, all persons entering Germany from foreign Corona risk areas will be required to provide evidence of

  • a negative Covid-19 test or 
  • documentation of a fully completed vaccination or
  • a medical certificate stating that the person has previously been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus at least 21 days and not more than six months ago (proof of immunity).

The test obligation upon entry must be fulfilled within 48 hours before the time of entry or by testing immediately after entry. If you are travelling within Germany, you must take this test at your destination in Germany. If you are travelling outside Germany, you do not have to take the test in Germany. Information on local testing possibilities is available at the airport of destination or from the local authorities.

In addition, a ten-day quarantine obligation continues to apply to travelers entering or returning to Germany from foreign Corona risk areas. It is possible to be tested for Covid-19 five days after entry and to end the quarantine prematurely. This also applies if a negative test was already presented upon entry (Two-test strategy).

The regulation of the quarantine obligation is the responsibility of the individual federal states. Please inquire independently how the quarantine regulation is specifically applied in your federal state.

All persons entering Germany are required to complete the Digital Entry Application (DEA) or a substitute application prior to departure.

Please note that there may be increased controls at airports, especially when entering from risk areas with very high incidences or areas with a high prevalence of mutations of the coronavirus.

The quarantine obligation does not apply to vaccinated persons and not to persons with valid proof of immunity. Furthermore, there may be exceptions to the testing and quarantine obligation in the federal states of your stay after entry (e.g. business travellers, family travellers, border commuters, system-critical groups of people). 

Please inform yourself about this on the websites of the health ministries of the federal states (entry quarantine regulations, e.g. Hesse, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, etc. (German only)).

Since 1 December 2020, the test is subject to a fee for those entering from risk areas. Test centres are available in Frankfurt, Munich and many other German airports for possible tests.

To find out which regions are currently considered official risk areas and which areas require a 10-day quarantine for entry, visit the websites of the German government and the Robert Koch Institute.

Where will I find the test centres at Frankfurt Airport?

The test centres run by CENTOGENE and the German Red Cross are located centrally on the pedestrian bridge connecting Terminal 1 and the inter-city train station (The Squaire).

CENTOGENE COVID-19 Test Centre – registration required

Before arriving at the test centre, you must register and order your test (charges apply). You can find further information on the cost of the test and how long it takes, as well as how to register, on the CENTOGENE website.

Exclusive Fast Lanes are available at Frankfurt Airport for Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines passengers. Please follow the Lufthansa signage.

10% discount for transit passengers in the MY CLOUD Transit Hotel

Wait in comfort in the transit area: As a Lufthansa passenger, you will now receive a 10% discount in the MY CLOUD Transit Hotel Frankfurt, where you can relax while awaiting the results of your COVID-19 test.*

Please use the following discount code: LHTransit

* You will receive the discount when paying in the hotel on presentation of your boarding pass and specifying the discount code. If booking online, please enter the discount code in the message box.

Where will I find the test centres at Munich Airport?

The test centres are located in the Terminal 2 Baggage Arrivals Hall and at Aicher Ambulanz in the forum of the Munich Airport Centre (MAC) on Level 04. Please register online in advance and order your test (charges apply).

Departing passengers can pay to take a test in the MVZ Martinsried medical laboratory with its "Test & Fly" Test Centre in Terminal 2, Level 4.

Further information about coronavirus tests at the airport can be found on Munich Airport’s website.

You can find details about the tests available in your destination country through the local airport operating companies. A world map showing the current travel restrictions can be found here:

Please note

All information is regularly updated and prepared with the utmost care and to the best of our knowledge and belief at the time of publication. The information listed here is subject to continuous change by the German Government. Your personal self-isolation obligation and any possible exemptions are governed by the applicable regulations of the German state in which you are domiciled or in which you will be staying while in Germany.

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