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FAQ Coronavirus

General information

Since December 8, 2019, cases of respiratory disease caused by a new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) have emerged in Wuhan, the capital of central China's Hubei province. Animal markets are believed to be the original source of infection. Transmission from human to human is possible. The following symptoms may occur after an incubation period of 2–14 days:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing

Like for the flu and other respiratory diseases, to avoid catching or spreading the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) it’s recommended to cough and sneeze into your elbow instead of into your hand (while keeping a safe distance from other people), regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face and shaking hands with others, and keep a distance of about one to two meters from infected persons.

Regularly washing your hands with soap and water is enough. If you do not have the opportunity to wash your hands regularly, you may use disinfectant instead. Please keep in mind, however, that excessive use can harm the skin. You may also occasionally apply a virucidal disinfectant (while following the instructions).

Pregnant women should always avoid contact with persons who are ill and feverish. To determine your personal level of risk you should arrange an appointment with a physician.

At the airport

In response to reduced passenger traffic caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, Frankfurt Airport will bundle all passenger handling operations in Terminal 1, effective April 7. From that date, passenger operations in FRA’s Terminal 2 will be suspended until further notice (affecting both Concourses D and E). The parking garage at T2 will also be temporarily closed to passengers. From April 7, check-in processes for all flights departing Frankfurt will take place in Terminal 1, Concourse B and C. From here, passengers can pass the security checkpoint to reach their departures gates in Piers A and B.

Yes, it’s mandatory to wear a face mask or other appropriate face covering at all times inside the terminal facilities, shops, restaurants and airport transportation facilities such as buses and the automated people mover. The only exceptions are children under six and persons who are unable to do so because of physical impairments or health issues. The consumption of food and beverages in the terminal is basically possible.

Please note that since January 23, 2021 only medical masks (so-called surgical masks or masks with the identifier KN 95/N95 and FFP 2) are allowed. Simple community masks or scarves will no longer be sufficient. Please bring your own appropriate mask.

Yes. Many shops at the airport sell protective masks, disinfectant gel and disinfecting wipes.

These products are also offered for sale at our "Safety Stations". The machines are located in Terminal 1 Departure Hall B and in the corridor between Departure Hall C and B (near Coffee Fellows and Relay). The Safety Stations accept cash payment in euros, major credit cards and Apple Pay.

Yes, both brought-in food and the To Go offer of the gastronomy may be consumed in the terminals

  • Keep a distance of two arm lengths from other persons.
  • Prepare for control!
    • Please bring only one piece of cabin baggage for inspection!
    • Check in all other pieces of baggage and all liquids over 100 ml!
    • Store all the contents of your pockets, your mobile phone and your wristwatch in your cabin baggage or your jacket
    • Take larger electronic items (laptops, tablets, medical devices) and the one litre bag out of your cabin baggage before checking!
  • Please only enter the checkpoint when requested and pay attention to the instructions of the security staff!
  • Place the following items in the baggage trays:
    • Bag / trolley
    • Larger electronic items (laptops, tablets, medical devices)
    • One-litre bag
    • Outerwear (jackets, coats, etc.)
    • Shoes
    • Belt
  • After passing through the person control, go to an assigned control place. The screener will scan you from the side or behind. If necessary, you may be asked to put down more items and go through the person control again.
  • Please put your luggage trays back yourself!

Travel restriction, border Control and Quarantine

The following rules apply to travelers returning from high-risk areas: they must quarantine themselves for 10 days. If you have arrived from a high-risk area, you must go straight home or to other suitable accommodations immediately after landing in Frankfurt and remain there for 10 days without interruption. You must also notify the local health department without delay by submitting a a before entry completed arrival form. Carry the form with you at all times, either printed out on paper or stored on an electronic device, so that you can also show it to transportation providers or immigration authorities if asked to do so. If digital registration is not possible, in exceptional cases you must fill in a written substitute registration and hand it in to the carrier or the border authority.

The following obligations apply to different risk areas:

  • Risk area: Returning travelers are required to have proof of testing for Covid-19 upon entry. The test can be performed within 48 hours prior to arrival or within 48 hours after entry. The tests are subject to a fee and can be taken directly at the airport, at other test centers (for example, the test center in Frankfurt MyZeil or Wiesbaden RMCC) or at the place of residence. Information regarding the test possibilities at the airport can be found here. Please note that these testing opportunities at the airport are available exclusively to arriving and departing passengers.
  • High incidence areas and areas with virus mutations: Travelers returning from these areas with a particularly high risk of Covid 19 infection are required to be tested before departure. You must present this proof to the airline upon departure and to the Federal Police upon request upon entry into Germany.

In Hesse, you may end the quarantine five days after arriving in Germany by presenting a negative test result. However, you must wait for at least five days after arriving before taking the test (you may briefly interrupt your quarantine to take the test). Please note that as of December 16, 2020, there is no longer an entitlement to free testing for those entering the country from high risk areas. From now on, all returnees will have to pay the testing costs themselves. 

Go here for information on exceptions to the quarantine requirement.

(last updated: January 14, 2021)

Go here for information on exceptions to the quarantine requirement.

No, the checks at internal European borders introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic ended at midnight on June 15, 2020. Specifically, travellers will no longer be checked at the borders with Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy and Denmark. As a result of joint consultations, temporary border control for air travel from Spain ended in both countries on June 21, 2020. This decision means that travellers from other EU countries will no longer need a valid reason for entering Germany. This also applies to entries from the Schengen associated countries, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland, as well as entries from the United Kingdom. For tourism and other travel, the information and warnings published by the Federal Foreign Office apply.

If there is reason to suspect a case of coronavirus in cross-border traffic into Germany, the Federal Police will inform the local health authorities immediately. The same applies to checks at Germany’s external air and sea borders. It is up to the relevant state health authorities to decide in line with the Protection Against Infection Act (Infektionsschutzgesetz, IfSG) whether, in cases of suspected coronavirus, medical examinations, screening, potential quarantine on arrival in Germany or other preventive measures are appropriate.

(Source: Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, April 14, 2020)