COVID-19 Information for Press
We are providing specific information for the health and safety of the press. 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. Kindly note that your participation at the Berlinale confirms your agreement with these regulations. We are constantly monitoring the situation and will continuously update this page. Please check back regularly to keep updated. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with the Press Office ().
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- Entry regulations: German Federal Ministry of Health website
- Up-to-date list of international risk areas: rki.de
- Quarantine rules: berlin.de/corona
- Information on the recognition of molecular biological tests for SARS-CoV-2 for persons arriving in Germany from high-risk areas: rki.de
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.
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.
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
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.
- Up-to-date list of international high-risk areas from the Robert Koch Institute
(languages: EN / DE)
- bundesgesundheitsministerium.de: information on the COVID-19 situation in Germany
(languages: EN / DE)
- auswaertiges-amt.de: information on entry restrictions and quarantine regulations in Germany
(languages: EN / DE)
- berlin.de: information about local measures in Berlin
(languages: DE / EN / TR / AR / RU / PL)
- Zusammen gegen Corona - Together against Corona - Information regarding COVID-19 in Germany
(languages: DE / EN / RU / TR)
- Third Ordinance on Measures Required to Protect the Population from Infections with the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus
(languages: DE / EN / TR / AR / RU / PL)
Access to the press areas is only permitted to persons who can produce proof of complete vaccination or recovery.
Additional Hygiene Measures in the Press Areas and in the Cinemas
Please be considerate and observe the following hygiene measures:
- Hand sanitisers are placed at every entrance. We kindly ask you to use these sanitisers when entering the venues and event locations.
- Please maintain a social distance from other press representatives, Berlinale staff and visitors, and avoid forming groups.
- Please follow the signposting systems in the press areas and in the cinemas and observe the instructions of the cinema staff when entering and exiting the press areas and the venue.
- In the press areas, please take the fixed position assigned to you until you leave the press event.
- In the cinema, please sit in your booked or allocated seat.
Hygiene measures during interview situations
- Please keep your distance from other press representatives, Berlinale staff and visitors and avoid forming groups.
- The minimum distance to the person being interviewed should be 1.5 metres.
- Microphones of all media (TV, radio, print) must be used via an extendable pole and must also have a protective cover. The protective covers must be changed after each interview for the next person being interviewed.
- The whole media team (including interviewer) must wear a mask not only in the interview situation but also during the entire stay in press areas.
- Disinfection stands for disinfecting hands are set up at the entrance of press areas. Those involved in production are urged to use the opportunity to disinfect their hands several times a day.