Berlinale Protection and Hygiene Policy

The Berlinale is delighted to be able to celebrate cinema in the open air with you at 16 venues during our Summer Special.

Since safety is our top priority, we have developed a comprehensive protection and hygiene policy. This includes posting specific information about health protection during the festival on this page. This information supplements the State of Berlin’s general COVID-19 regulations which apply to all visitors and guests. Please note that by participating in the Berlinale Summer Special you consent to these provisions.

General Information

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

To avoid queues and ensure contactless access to the cinemas, we would prefer you to purchase your tickets online. Tickets for the screenings must be purchased directly from the online box offices of the respective cinemas. You may only sit in the seat allocated to you on your ticket.

Some venues have an on-site box office to sell remaining tickets on the day. Please check the venues' websites to find out whether they plan to have an on-site box office. The open-air cinemas on Museum Island and at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) do not have on-site box offices.

Please follow the signposting systems in the venues and observe the instructions of the cinema staff.

Any violation of these rules will not be tolerated. In extreme cases, rule-breakers may be immediately ejected from the venue.

Tests and Vaccinations

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, personalised ticket and ID card or passport must all be presented at the entrance to gain access to the venue.

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.

People who have recovered from a SARS-CoV-2 infection must present a positive PCR test result that was produced at least 28 days but no more than 6 months prior to the film screening.

Face Coverings

It is mandatory to wear a certified FFP2 mask in the 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.

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.

Social Distancing Rules

The principle of maintaining a minimum social distance of 1.5 metres in all directions from other people must be observed at the screening venues. This must particularly be observed in the walkways, entrances, exits and queues.

Please sit in your allocated seat. Adjacent seats will be provided for a maximum of two people in most venues. Moveable seating such as deckchairs must remain within the markings provided and is not permitted to be moved.

Please maintain a social distance from other visitors and avoid forming groups.

Please follow the signposting systems at the venues and observe the instructions of the cinema staff when entering and exiting the venue.

Hand Sanitisation

Hands must be disinfected when entering the venues. Hand sanitiser dispensers are provided at all the cinemas.

Data Collection

The pandemic makes it necessary for us to collect and store personal data for the purposes of contact tracing. This will be done in compliance with the GDPR guidelines. We would like to emphasise that participation in our events this year is only possible if this personal data is collected, used and stored. Your data will be completely deleted after four weeks in accordance with the State of Berlin’s current Infection Protection Measures Ordinance. 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 e-mail address
  • Seat number

Contact Tracing

We recommend that all Berlinale guests 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 visitors provide when booking online tickets and/or sending digital confirmation for participation in additional festival events and at venues where attendance must be registered in advance.


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 the venues and screenings always do so at their own risk.

In the interests of the protection and health of all visitors, the festival cannot make any exceptions to these rules. Without the presentation of valid documents for tests, vaccinations or certificates of recovery from a COVID-19 infection and a certified FFP2 mask, access to the venues cannot be granted. In such cases, the purchase price of tickets will not be refunded.

As of June 2, 2021