FAQ Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Frequently asked questions referring Covid 19.

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

It is 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). 

Disinfectant is not subject to the ban on liquids over 100ml for hand luggage and may be carried in larger quantities outside the plastic bag.

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

Both Terminal 1 and 2 are open again. Please check where your flight arrives and take advantage of our parking options.

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 hand luggage for inspection!
    • Check in all other pieces of baggage and all liquids over 100 ml! (Disinfectant is not subject to the ban on liquids over 100ml for hand luggage and may be carried in larger quantities outside the plastic bag)
    • 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!

As usual, we offer you a free parking space at any time. Please follow the traffic and parking guidance system to the free parking spaces. Of course, you can still book parking spaces for your journey in advance. Simply use our online shop: parken.frankfurt-airport.com.

We also answer frequently asked questions regarding parking at Frankfurt Airport: Parking FAQs

Testing possibilities

At the airport, there are various test options for returning travelers as well as for departing passengers. All information can be found here. Please note that these testing opportunities at the airport are available exclusively to arriving and departing passengers.

Digital EU-Vaccination Certificates

Starting July 1st, the Digital EU Vaccination Certificate is available in pharmacies at Frankfurt Airport. Click here to find out if you are eligible.

The currently open pharmacies are located at the following places

  • Shopping-Boulevard
  • Terminal 1, Hall B
  • The Squaire

Transfer at the airport

Airline passengers who are simply changing flights at an airport in the Federal Republic of Germany must also comply with the obligations to provide proof of vaccination, recovery or testing specified in the Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations (Coronavirus-Einreiseverordnung).

Further information can be found here.

Travel restrictions, border Control and Quarantine

In general, all passengers (whether returning from a risk area or non-risk area) who wish to enter Germany by air, need to be tested and show proof of a negative Covid-19 test before departure (vaccinated and recovered persons are only affected by this testing requirement if they have been in a virus variant area within the last ten days, in all other cases proof of vaccination or proof of recovery is sufficient). Children under 6 years are exempted from the testing requirement. Further information can be found here.

In addition, the following rules apply to travelers returning from risk areas:

You must notify the local health department without delay by submitting a before entry completed arrival form through a entry portal. 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. Returning travelers from all risk areas need to be able to provide the proof of the negative Covid-19 test no later than 48 hours upon request to the competent authority.

The following quarantine obligations apply to different risk areas:

  • High risk areas
    • Returning travelers who have met their test verification requirement by having a negative test result prior to departure, must go straight home or to other suitable accommodations immediately after landing in Frankfurt and quarantine yourself there for 10 days without interruption. 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).
    • For travelers who have submitted proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 or proof of recovery through the entry portal, the quarantine will end early.
    • Children under 6 years the quarantine is obliged but ends automatically after 5 days without having a proof of a negative test.
    • The quarantine also ends automatically as soon as the affected area is no longer listed as a risk area.
  • Areas of variant of concern: 
    • In general, all returning travelers (including children under 6 years) must go straight home or to other suitable accommodations immediately after landing in Frankfurt and quarantine yourself there for 14 days without interruption. 
    • If, during the self-isolation period following entry into Germany, an area of variants of concern is downgraded to a high risk area, from the date of entry into force of the new classification, the end of self-isolation is governed by the regulations for high risk areas.

Go here for further information on exceptions to the quarantine requirement. 


Go here for information on exceptions to the quarantine requirement.

Individual travel advice for your destination

Individual travel advice for your destination

What should you know before traveling to another country? Depending on your route, nationality, and vaccination status, you may need to meet different requirements during the Covid-19 pandemic. Take advantage of our practical  tool to get up-to-date information on travel conditions and required documents. Simply select your trip details and other parameters to get a personalized summary.

About the information tool

Further information on the comprehensively differentiated travel and security advisories or travel warnings for individual countries can be found at the Federal Foreign Office and the Robert Koch Institute.

Please also inform yourself before your trip about the entry regulations for the return to Germany.

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)