This page tells you where, when and how to get tested for COVID-19 in Berlin. It is updated when there is new information.

Where can I get tested for coronavirus in Berlin?

There are now hundreds of test locations. Use the official map of test locations on Berlin.de

What types of coronavirus tests are available?

There are 3 types of coronavirus tests in Berlin1.

  • PCR test (PCR-Abstrichtest or Labortest)
    This is the standard test. The test is send to a laboratory, and the results come a few days later. It is slower, but more reliable. It is better at detecting coronavirus1.
  • Rapid Antigen Test (Schnelltest)
    This test gives results in a few minutes1. It is cheaper and faster, but it's not as reliable as PCR tests. It might not detect that you are infected, especially in the first week after you were infected1. You can use a rapid antigen test to get out of quarantine.
  • Antibody test (Antikörper-Test)
    This only tells you if you had coronavirus before.

Which tests are accepted?

If you travel to Germany, you can use a PCR or rapid antigen test1, 2. Antibodies test are not accepted.

If you want to leave quarantine after 5 days, you can use a PCR or rapid antigen tests. The rules can be different in each German state.

When will I get my test results?

With a PCR test, you will get results in 1 or 2 days.

With a rapid antigen test, you will get a result in around 30 minutes.

How much does a test cost?

There are now many free test locations in Berlin. You can get tested once per day for free1.

Otherwise, if you get a PCR test and...

  • ...you have coronavirus symptoms
    The test is free. Your health insurance pays for it.
  • ...you travel from a risk area
    You must pay for your test. Rapid antigen tests are cheaper than PCR tests. The cheapest rapid antigen test is 25€.
  • ...your family doctor prescribes a test
    The test is free. Your health insurance pays for it1.
  • ...you do not travel from a risk area and you do not have coronavirus symptoms
    You must pay for your test1. The coronavirus test costs 69€1 at the official testing centres. The cheapest PCR test is 49€.

If you get a rapid antigen test, you must pay 25€ to 75€. It depends on where you get tested. Your health insurance will not pay for it.

Testing requirements for travellers

You can find more details about the testing requirements on Berlin.de.

Travel, quarantine and testing. Official information from Berlin.de ➞

    Testing requirements for residents

    You can find more information on this topic on Berlin.de. This is the official website of the city of Berlin.

    What to do if you suspect you have symptoms. Official information from Berlin.de ➞

    Testing requirements at the Bürgeramt

    You do not need a negative test to visit the Bürgeramt.