Info page COVID-19 Regulations

The 2021 Berlinale is once again committed to being a place of exchange and encounters. The current pandemic is presenting us with extraordinary logistical and planning challenges. Nevertheless, it is our firm wish to hold the festival in February as a physical event with audiences and industry professionals in attendance. We at the festival and the EFM are fully aware of our responsibilities: our first priority is to the health and safety of our visitors, guests and employees. To ensure that everyone can enjoy the festival and experience it in as relaxed and safe a way as possible, we are introducing comprehensive hygiene and safety measures.

The Berlinale will implement all the regulations mandated by the State of Berlin for the organisation of events and is in constant communication with the government and health authorities. We rely on the cooperation of all our festival visitors and ask you to follow the listed regulations to ensure that this exceptional edition of the Berlinale can take place as smoothly and safely as possible.

We would like to draw your attention to the regulations with regard to entering Germany and recommend that you visit this web page regularly since the information and regulations are constantly being updated.

Berlinale COVID-19 Regulations

We are currently developing a protection and hygiene concept for the festival to ensure that the event is as safe as possible. Please find the current information on the Berlinale COVID-19 regulations here.

The following rules and regulations have already been confirmed for festival participants:

Nose-and-Mouth Coverings
It is compulsory to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth in all festival venues and all cinemas. Participants must also wear their nose-and-mouth mask for the duration of the film screenings.
A so-called "face shield" is not an adequate replacement for a nose-and-mouth mask.

No Queuing for Empty Seats
Queues outside the venues should be avoided. In 2021, accredited participants will not be permitted to wait in front of cinemas to see if there are any last-minute seats available.

Online Ticketing
Access to festival and EFM screenings / events is only possible with a pre-booked ticket for an allocated seat. Accredited participants can book personalised tickets online and free of charge via their personal access to the online ticket shop for accredited participants.

Payment in Advance
In order to reduce contact when collecting accreditation badges, accreditations must be paid for in advance. Those paying the accreditation fee online before January 31, 2021 will receive access to the online ticket shop for accredited participants in good time before the ticket allotments are released.

Limited access to EFM locations Gropius Bau & Marriott
Due to the COVID-19-related restrictions, capacities are limited and therefore Festival, Press, Student and Guest Accreditations will not grant access to the EFM venues Gropius Bau & Marriott in 2021. Only Market Badges and Visitor Passes (and EFM Day Passes, if applicable) will grant access to these venues. Buyers Badge holders and Exhibitors will be given priority.

Reduction of Printed Materials
Most information about the Berlinale and the EFM is being made available to the public digitally. The Berlinale Programme - the German-English publication containing the entire festival programme - will continue to be available in printed form and as an e-document.

Hand sanitisation is compulsory before entering venues.

Travelling to/from Berlin

Prior to Departure
Before booking your trip to Berlin and your accommodation, please check the current travel warnings and entry restrictions on and see whether quarantine on arrival will be necessary. For restrictions applying within Germany, please consult

High-Risk Areas
Specific measures apply to travellers from high-risk areas. You can find the list of current high-risk areas and the measures in place on the German Federal Ministry of Health website.

Travel Insurance
The festival recommends that all its visitors travelling from abroad take out a travel insurance that covers COVID-19-related claims for emergency medical and repatriation costs.

The processing of visas at German Embassies is currently taking longer than normal due to the increased security and hygiene protocols. Please apply for your visa in good time.

Leaving Berlin
Please verify if your home country or subsequent destination has measures in place when returning from Germany. Should you require a negative test result to travel, you should arrange an appointment at a testing facility in good time. You can find a list of local testing facilities on

Hygiene Guidelines in Berlin

Please check the current local measures in place for Berlin on

If You Feel Unwell

If you feel ill during your stay in Berlin, please adhere to the following procedure:

  • 1. Check if you are displaying symptoms which indicate a COVID-19 infection. An up-to-date list of symptoms can be found on the City of Berlin’s official website.
  • 2. If you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms, please return to your place of residence or hotel room and self-isolate.
  • 3. If you are staying at a hotel, please inform the reception by phone and follow the hotel’s instructions.
  • 4. Consult a medical doctor by phone in order to clarify the next steps. Depending on the symptoms, an official COVID-19 test may be necessary.
  • 5. For further advice, you can call the following public hotline: +49 (0)30 90 28 28 28 28 or visit
  • 6. All contacts should be made by telephone first. Please avoid direct physical contact with other people.

Corona Warning App

We advise you to download and use the Corona-Warn-App.

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