COVID-19 Information

It is recommended that you visit this web page regularly since the information and regulations are constantly being updated. Persons with press accreditations can find specific COVID-19 information on the designated subpages for the press.

Berlinale COVID-19 Regulations

We are currently developing the protection and hygiene policy necessary to ensure the safest possible festival. This site contains continuously updated information on the Berlinale COVID-19 regulations.

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

In its SARS-CoV-2 Infection Protection Measures Ordinance of the State of Berlin (latest version: November 16, 2021), the Berlin Senate has ruled that the minimum requirement for holding cultural and cinema events is that participants must be vaccinated or have recovered (also known as the ‘2G model’).

Proof of 2G Status:

Access to the festival and the European Film Market is only permitted for persons who can produce proof of complete vaccination or recovery.

  • Vaccinated persons must have been vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine, the last required dose of which was administered at least 14 days ago. 
  • Vaccines currently approved by the EU are:
    • Comirnaty® from BioNTech/Pfizer (two doses required)
    • Spikevax® from Moderna (two doses required)
    • Vaxzevria® from AstraZeneca (two doses required)
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen® from Johnson&Johnson (one dose is sufficient)
    • Further information on approved cross-vaccinations and the names of vaccine products in other countries can be found on the Paul Ehrlich Institute website. Please note that tests of vaccines that have not yet been approved are ongoing
  • Recovered persons must have a positive PCR test result from more than six months ago and at least one vaccination with an EU-approved vaccine administered at least 14 days ago or a positive PCR test result from at least 28 days and no more than six months ago.
  • An exception is granted to persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. In this case, you must have a negative PCR test result and a doctor’s certificate stating that you are unable to be vaccinated. As matters stand, persons who have been vaccinated with a non-EU-approved vaccine cannot take part in the festival. However, the Berlinale is reviewing how this group of people can also be granted access to the festival and the European Film Market in a way that is safe for all participants.

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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