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COVID-19 Regulations

We are providing specific information for the health and safety of press representatives of the Berlinale Summer Special (see below). These details complement the COVID-19 regulations that apply to all visitors to the Summer Special (to be published on May 20 LINK). Kindly note that your participation at the Berlinale Summer Special 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 ().

General Information

If you have any cold-like symptoms, definitely stay at home!

Please follow the signposting systems in the venues and press areas and observe the instructions of the Berlinale or cinema staff.

Any violation of these rules will not be tolerated. In extreme cases, rule-breakers may be immediately expelled from the site and withdrawn of their press accreditation.


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.
Overview of current regulations:

Travelling to/ from Berlin

General Remarks

Before booking your trip to Berlin, please check the current travel warnings and entry restrictions on the 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 its press representatives travelling from abroad take out a travel insurance that covers claims in the event of a pandemic and repatriation.

Additionally we strongly recommend to book only full flexible flight tickets, as there is risk of a short term cancellation of the Summer Special. Please also check if your itinerary includes any transit-stops and if additional measures are in place.

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 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:

Tests and Vaccinations

Access to the press areas or participation in a Berlinale screening is only permitted for those who have tested negative for an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. A SARS-CoV-2 PoC antigen test or a PCR test must have been undertaken a maximum of 24 hours before the screening. Self-tests are not permitted as evidence. The negative test result must be available as a paper or electronic document and must at the very least reveal the date and time of the test, the name of the person tested and the testing institution. Your test certificate together with your press badge for access to press areas and your personalised ticket for film screenings and ID card or passport must all be presented at the entrance to gain access.

People vaccinated against COVID-19 do not have to present a negative test result provided they can show proof that they have been completely vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 with an EU-approved vaccine and that the final required vaccination was administered at least 14 days prior to the screening. Vaccines so far approved by the EU are: Biontech, Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) and Johnson & Johnson.

For those who have recovered from COVID-19, a positive PCR test result dating back at least 28 days but no more than 6 months is required.

Face Coverings

It is mandatory to wear a certified FFP2 mask in the press areas and open-air cinemas. This rule applies to the entire site until you have arrived at your allocated seat. You may only remove your mouth-and-nose covering once you have arrived at your allocated seat.

Mouth and nose covering must be worn at all times in the assigned positions in the press area. In interview situations, only the person being interviewed can take off their face covering.

Cloth masks, surgical masks, FFP2 masks with a valve and ‘face shields’ are not permitted.

Persons who are 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 face mask if they can present a corresponding medical certificate.

Food and Drinks

Food and drinks may only be consumed at the allocated seat.

Hygiene Measures in Berlin

Please check the current local measures in place for Berlin on the City of Berlin’s official website.

Additional Hygiene Measures in the Press Areas and in the Cinemas

Please be considerate and observe the following hygiene measures:

  • Hand sanitisation is compulsory before entering press areas and cinemas. Disinfection dispensers are available in all press areas and cinemas
  • 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

  • All participants must maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 m from other people
  • 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.
  • When interviewing guests on the red carpet, the sound must be boomed from above. This applies to TV, radio and print media.
  • The whole media team (including interviewer) must wear an FFP2 mask (see below) 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.

Data Collection

Due to the pandemic, necessary data will be collected in compliance with the GDPR guidelines for the purposes of contact tracing. We would like to point out that participation in our events and access to the press areas is only possible this year on condition that this personal data is collected, used and stored. Your data will be completely deleted after four weeks in accordance with the current Infection Protection Measures of the State of Berlin. The following information is required:

  • First name and surname
  • Telephone number
  • District or community of registered place of residence or place of permanent residence
  • Full postal address and email address
  • Position in press area
  • Seat number in cinema

Contact Tracing

We recommend that all press representatives install the German Federal Government’s Corona-Warn-App on their smartphone. The app is available as a free download from the App Store and Google Play. To ensure accurately targeted and error-free contact tracing, further measures are taken which use the information that press representatives provide when booking online tickets and/or sending digital confirmation for participation in additional festival events, in press areas and at venues where attendance must be registered in advance.

What To Do If You Feel Ill

If you display any symptoms that could indicate a COVID-19 infection, please adhere to the following procedures:

  • Arriving guests: Return to your accommodation/hotel and go into self-isolation. Call the hotel reception and follow the protocol of the hotel.
  • Residents of Berlin: Go into self-isolation and contact your general doctor and organise a PCR test.

All contacts should be made by telephone in the first instance. Please avoid direct physical contact with other people. The official City of Berlin website lists the main symptoms that often occur with COVID-19. If you have any of these symptoms, you should arrange to be tested.

In the Case of a Positive PCR Test Result

  • Call the COVID-19 hotline: +49 30 25920-920, daily from 9 am to 10 pm
  • In case of a positive PCR test result, the Senate Department of Health will be informed and you are obliged to follow the quarantine protocol.


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.

As of June 9, 2021