Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is well prepared to deal with the outbreak of infectious diseases—fulfilling all recommendations of the health authorities responsible for FRA (the Frankfurt Health Department and the Hessian Ministry for Social Affairs). In cooperation with the relevant health authorities, we are providing targeted information for travelers via monitors in the terminals and flyers are handed out to arriving passengers.
Passengers departing from FRA are strongly advised to contact their airline for information on the specific regulations regarding their flight and destination, before traveling to the airport.
Since July 2, 2020, travellers from the following third countries have been allowed to re-enter the European Union: Australia, Georgia, Japan*, New Zealand, South Korea*, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China*. For all other third countries, in order to prevent the further spread of Covid-19, the existing travel restrictions continue to apply to all non-essential travel to the EU.
Travel to Germany is also possible from third countries not included in the above list if there are important grounds for doing so. More information can be found here.
*For China, Japan and South Korea a lifting of entry restrictions is subject to confirmation of reciprocity.
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.
Covid-19 tests required for travelers returning from high-risk areas
Beginning on August 8, 2020, all travelers returning from high-risk areas must be tested either no more than 48 hours prior to flying or free of charge 10 days after arriving in Germany. Free tests are available in two testing centers located right at the airport on the pedestrian bridge connecting Terminal 1 and the long-distance train station. Please have your boarding pass ready. Further information regarding the test possibilities at the airport can be found here.
Unless they have tested negative for Covid-19, passengers arriving from high-risk countries must immediately quarantine themselves at home or their final destination for two weeks.
Passengers returning from high-risk areas also receive a passenger locator card to fill out on board the aircraft. Every passenger is obliged to fill in this card. If you return from a high-risk area that is part of the Schengen area, the card will be collected on the plane and handed over to the health authorities by the airline. If you return from a high-risk area that does not belong to the Schengen area (Non-Schengen), the card is only collected by the Federal Police at the airport at immigrations and following transferred to the health authorities.
Quarantine requirements in Hesse
According the ordinance of the State of Hesse on quarantine, passengers entering the state from a high-risk area are required to stay in quarantine for 14 days.
According to the model ordinance, the quarantine requirement does not apply to travellers in transit through Germany who show no symptoms of infection with COVID-19, or to people who have a doctor’s certificate stating that they show no signs of infection with Covid-19. Such a certificate must come from a doctor in an EU member state or in a country listed here, and it must have been issued within the past 48 hours.
In Hesse this regulation is expected to apply until Oktober 31, 2020. Exceptions to this requirement can be found here.
Arrivals and departures only in Terminal 1
In response to reduced passenger traffic caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, Frankfurt Airport bundles all passenger handling operations in Terminal 1. Passenger operations in FRA’s Terminal 2 are suspended until further notice (affecting both Concourses D and E). The parking garage at T2 is also temporarily closed to passengers. All check-in processes for all flights departing Frankfurt are taking place in Terminal 1, Concourse A, B and C. From here, passengers can pass the security checkpoint to reach their departures gates in Piers A, B and Z.
(last updated: October 1st, 2020)