Covid-19 Information for Press

The information on this page refers to the Berlinale 2022.

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 (last updated: February 2, 2022). If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with the .

The 72nd Berlin International Film Festival is taking place with a comprehensive protection and hygiene policy to guarantee the safety of everyone. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Berlinale, however need to mention you that participating at Berlinale events is at your own risk and that your personal sense of security should remain a top priority.

Berlinale COVID-19 Regulations
Travelling to/from Berlin
Hygiene Guidelines in Berlin
Useful Links
Access Regulations
Additional Hygiene Measures in the Press Areas and in the Cinemas
Hygiene measures during interview situations

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.

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.
  • Only at events that are not explicitly for the press, for example public screenings with a general audience, persons who have received a so-called booster dose of the vaccination are exempted from the testing requirment.
  • Persons who have recovered from a Covid-19 infection and have had 2 vaccine doses are considered boostered.
  • 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.

Useful Links

Access Regulations

Access to the press areas is only permitted to persons who can produce proof of complete vaccination or recovery as well as present the negative result of a point-of-care (PoC) antigen test carried out within the last 24 hours and follow the general requirement to wear a FFP2 mask at all times. The festival will also be providing a testing facility for press accredited guests onsite.

General Hygiene Measures

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 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.
  • Please maintain a social distance from other press representatives, Berlinale staff and visitors, and avoid forming groups.
  • Press representatives must wear a FFP2 mask at all times and upon entering festival spaces and cinemas, a negative test result from a PoC antigen test carried out within the last 24 hours, must be presented

In the Press Areas and in the Cinemas

  • In the press areas, please take the fixed position assigned to you until you leave the press event. Please keep in mind that wearing a FFP2 mask and carrying evidence of a negative test result is mandatory here as well.
  • In the cinema, please sit in your booked or allocated seat. Please keep in mind that the obligation to wear a FFP2 mask does not stop at your seat.
  • Participating at press conferences is only possible with pre-booked tickets via our online ticketing system. Tickets for positions for TV teams and photographers in the media areas (i.e. at Photo Calls, Press Conferences or Red Carpet events) cannot be booked, but requested individually. You can find more detailed information on the page Online Ticketing.

Hygiene measures during interview situations

Interview Situations and Presslines

  • The whole media team (including interviewer) must wear an FFP2 mask not only in the interview situation but also during the entire stay in press areas.
  • The minimum distance between the media representatives and the person being interviewed should be 1.5 metres. Recording devices can be positioned closer to the person being interviewed. For the use of microphones inside and outside of the pressline, we recommend a boom.
  • During interviews, those being interviewed can take off the FFP2 mask, but only once they have reached their position on the red carpet.
  • An audience survey is only possible outside of the cinema in the outdoor area

Photo Situations

  • During photo appointments, cast members can take off the FFP2 mask, but only once they have reached their position. The positions for the protagonists in the photo call area are regulated so that a distance of 1.5 metres between each person can be maintained.
  • Between photographers and cast members a distance of 1.5 m should be maintained. Because of the mandatory FFP2 masks, photographers are not obligated to keep a distance of 1.5 m from each other.