Covid-19 Information

The information on this page relates to the 2022 Berlinale

Berlinale Covid-19 Regulations

General Information

You must stay at home if you register any cold-like symptoms!

To avoid queues and reduce additional contacts as much as possible, tickets can only be ordered online. It is mandatory to use the allocated seat specified on your ticket. Please arrive at the respective event in good time: delays are to be expected due to the checks at admission.

Please follow the signs and the instructions given by the venue staff.

Any violations of the rules will not be tolerated. In extreme cases, people breaking the rules may be immediately ejected from the venue.

Festival participants are required to observe the following rules of conduct and regulations:

The Berlin Senate has specified the 2G-plus-mask-plus-test model as a basic requirement for holding the Berlin Internationalen Film Festival, meaning participants must be vaccinated against or have recovered from Covid-19 as well as adhering to the supplementary measure of presenting the negative result of a point-of-care (PoC) antigen test carried out within the last 24 hours and following the general requirement to wear a mask at all times. People who have received a "booster" vaccination as well as people who have recovered from Covid-19 and have already received two vaccinations are exempt from the requirement to provide a negative test result.

Please note that by participating in the Berlinale, you agree to adhere to these regulations.

The 2G-Plus-Mask-Plus-Test Model

Participation in Berlinale events is only permitted for people who are fully vaccinated or have already recovered from a Covid-19 infection (2G), wear an FFP2 mask and who can show a negative test carried out within the last 24h or have received a "booster" vaccination.

Vaccinated means:

  • People who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with an EU-approved vaccine and whose last required, second vaccination must have been administered at least 14 days ago.
  • People who have been vaccinated twice against Covid-19 with an EU-approved vaccine and who have received a so-called booster vaccination with an EU-approved vaccine.

Recovered means:

  • People who can produce a positive PCR test result for an infection with the Covid-19 virus from more than three months ago and who have received at least one vaccination against Covid-19 with an EU-approved vaccine whose vaccination was at least 14 days ago.
  • People who can produce a positive PCR test result for an infection with the Covid-19 virus from at least 28 days and no longer than three months ago.

2G Evidence

  • Evidence of vaccination or recovery from people within the EU must be digitally verifiable. Upon entry to the venue, the evidence must be digitally verified and checked against a photo ID.
  • Certificates from non-EU citizens must be presented in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish and contain all the necessary data (personal data, vaccine, date, issuer of the certificate). They will be checked against a photo ID. In this case, the certificate can also be presented in paper form.

Test Certificates

  • In addition to the 2G evidence, Berlinale guests and visitors must also take a Covid-19 test. Only digitally verifiable test certificates that prove a negative test result from a point-of-care (PoC) antigen test carried out within the last 24 hours will be accepted. Self-tests are not permitted as evidence.
  • People who have received a "booster" vaccination are exempt from the requirement to provide a negative test result.
  • People who have recovered from Covid-19 and have already received two vaccinations are to be treated in the same way as those who have received a "booster" vaccination and thus are also exempt from the requirement to provide a negative test result.
  • Accredited residents in Germany can take the daily test (valid for 24 hours) at any certified public “Bürgertest” testing center. We recommend arriving already tested at Berlinale events. Accredited visitors residing outside Germany (including visitors with press accreditation) can be tested once per day during their stay free of charge at the Berlinale testing stations (PDF download) (186 KB).

Exceptions

People aged 18 and over who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons must present a negative PCR test result from an official test station (no older than 48 hours at the time of admission) and proof of their inability to be vaccinated by means of a medical certificate.

Mouth-and-Nose Coverings

It is mandatory in the screening venues to wear an FFP2 mask or mask of a comparable protective standard, such as types KN95, N95 or KF94. This applies from the time you enter the venue and also when you are seated.

Cloth masks, surgical masks, FFP2 masks with valves and so-called face shields are not permitted. An exception applies for children under the age of 14 who are also permitted to wear a surgical mask.

People unable to wear a mouth-and-nose covering due to a health impairment, chronic illness or disability are exempt from the requirement to wear a mask upon presentation of a corresponding medical certificate and a negative test result carried out within the last 24 hours. The test result must be digitally verifiable.

Social Distancing Rules

A minimum distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained between visitors before the 2G requirements check. Please follow the signs and instructions given by the venue staff when entering and leaving the venue.
The mandatory 2G proof and the requirement to wear a mask means there is no need to maintain social distances inside the venues.
The venues are being used with a reduced capacity of 50%.
Please sit in your allocated seat.

Online Ticketing

Access to the festival screenings and events is only possible with tickets booked online in advance with pre-assigned seating. Accredited participants can obtain personalised tickets free-of-charge online via their personal access to the online ticket shop for accredited participants.

Payment in Advance

In order to reduce contact when picking up accreditation badges, badges must be paid for online. Everyone who pays the accreditation fee online before January 31, 2022 will receive access to the online ticket shop for accredited participants in good time before the ticket contingents are released.

Hygiene

Hand sanitisers are placed at every entrance. We kindly ask you to use these sanitisers when entering the venues and event locations

Travelling to/from Berlin

Responsibility
Please note that you are obliged to check for yourself if any travel restrictions have been put in place, either by your own or by the German government, and whether or not it is mandatory for you to self-quarantine upon your arrival in Germany or when you return home. We advise you to check both when planning your trip and just before departure, since measures often change.

General Remarks
Before booking your trip to Berlin, please check the current travel warnings and entry restrictions on the website of the German Federal Ministry of Health and see whether quarantine on arrival will be necessary. For restrictions applying within Germany, please consult the City of Berlin’s official website.

Please note that these measures may be subject to frequent changes. We therefore recommend that you regularly check this page and the official bodies for the latest information.

Travel Insurance and Flight Booking
The festival recommends that all accredited persons travelling from abroad take out a travel health insurance that also covers pandemic-related claims and repatriation.

Since the ongoing pandemic situation is highly dynamic and can thus lead to changes at short notice, we recommend you book flexible flight tickets. Should your journey require transit through another country, we request that you check the applicable local circumstances in advance.

Leaving Berlin
Please verify if your home country or subsequent destination has measures in place when returning from Germany.  If you need a negative test result for the return journey, you should make an appointment at a testing facility early on. A list of the test facilities can be found here at www.test-to-go.berlin or at the City of Berlin’s official website.

Visas
Visa processing times at German embassies can currently be longer than usual due to the increased security and hygiene protocols. If you need a visa to enter Germany, please contact the German Embassy responsible for your place of residence as early as possible. The Press Office can send an official accreditation confirmation letter if needed. The German Federal Foreign Office website provides information on whether or not a country’s residents require a visa for visits to Germany and the Schengen states: auswaertiges-amt.de

Liability
The festival is not liable for any costs or delays in participation at its events in the case of government-mandated quarantine measures or last-minute changes being brought into effect. The Berlinale assumes no liability for any infections or consequential health effects which may occur in spite of all due care and observation of the hygiene measures. Those attending press areas, the venues and screenings always do so at their own risk.

Hygiene Guidelines in Berlin

Please check the current local measures in place for Berlin on berlin.de.

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