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Information on coronavirus

Advice for airlines

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). Currently, health screening of passengers has not been ordered by the authorities. 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.

Under the International Health Regulations (IHR), national governments must provide capacities at designated airports for responding to public health events. In Germany, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) has been designated as one of these specially-equipped airports. Therefore, FRA is prepared to respond effectively and immediately to an outbreak of novel or highly infectious diseases and to receive infected and potentially infected passengers. Among other measures, a so-called Medical Assessment Center (MAC) can be activated at FRA. The MAC provides assistance and immediate medical examination of infected and potentially infected passengers, as well as temporary accommodation, if required. In response to the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19), the responsible Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs (HSM) ordered Frankfurt Airport to activate the MAC for maximum preparedness for receiving affected arriving passengers.

Following the instructions of the Hessian Ministry, Frankfurt Airport is providing the required space and infrastructure for the MAC. The MAC itself will be operated by the responsible health authorities. 

Worldwide flights 

For Germany, restrictions are in place for entry into Germany from a large number of countries. Those entering Germany from risk areas, high incidence areas or virus variant areas must complete a digital entry registration form, be tested for coronavirus and, depending on the regulations of the Land in question, self-isolate. Find more information on the entry to Germany and the travel from Germany.

Transportation ban for flights from areas of variant of concern

Since January 30, 2021, a ban on the carriage of persons entering Germany from from areas of variant of concern has been in effect for cross-border rail, bus, ship and air traffic. Excempt from this ban are German residents and persons with residence and right of abode in the Federal Republic of Germany as well as transit passengers with a domestic German connection or a non-Schengen - non-Schengen connection. Further exceptions to this regulation can be found here.

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. The airline is not allowed to carry passengers without a negative Covid-19 test. Crews and children up to six years are exempted from the testing requirement. Further information can be found here.

Transport companies are obliged to inform travelers about the valid entry regulations and testing obligations of the Federal Republic of Germany.

In addition, the following rules apply for inbound passengers from risk areas

There is still the obligation for passengers to inform the health authority immediately after arriving from risk countries by filling out a DEA. Those travelers have to register online.

  • Procedure Non-Schengen flights from risk areas: the saved or written registration is shown/ handed over to the border authority at immigration by the passenger. The airline is obliged to check a successful registration against ID card or equivalent prior to boarding and provide the substitute registration form for passengers not having registered online. The boarding of a passenger without the proof of a successful registration is not permitted.
  • Procedure Schengen flights from risk areas: the airline is obliged to check a successful registration against ID card or equivalent prior to boarding and provide the substitute registration form for passengers not having registered online. The boarding of a passenger without the proof of a successful registration is not permitted. All written forms (passengers' und crews') have to be handed over to the health authorities (FRA: medical center) by the airline.

If digital registration is not possible, passengers will still have to fill out the substitute registration form. You can find it in Englisch and German as well as the information flyer in various languages here. We recommend to include the new obligation/link for the electronic registration in your booking, pre-flight and check-in information for passengers as well as giving advice to operational crews.

For Crews the following regulations apply:

  • Crews entering from a risk area are exempted from the obligation to fill out the DEA and the proof of a negative Covid testing.
  • Crews entering from a high incidence area have to fill out the DEA and are not obliged to have a negative Covid test – as long as they have not stayed longer than 72 hours in a high risk area.
  • No exemptions for crews entering from an area of variant of concern – obligation to fill out the DEA form and a proof a negative Covid test

The following quarantine obligations apply to different risk areas:

  • Risk and high incidence areas: Returning traveleres must go straight home or to other suitable accommodations immediately after landing in Frankfurt and quarantine yourself there for 10 days without interruption. In Hesse, travelers may end the quarantine five days after arriving in Germany by presenting a negative test result. However, they 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. 
  • Areas of variant of concern: Returning traveleres must go straight home or to other suitable accommodations immediately after landing in Frankfurt and quarantine yourself there for 14 days without interruption. There is no possibility of early ending of the quarantine.

Go here for information on exceptions to the quarantine requirement.

 

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.

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Our medical center is offering supplementary medical checkups and tests in "special appointments". You can get a nose and throat swab test for Sars-CoV-2 just in case or get checked for antibodies (there is a charge for both of these services).
To give our medical staff a chance to prepare and appropriately protect themselves, you must make and receive advance confirmation of an appointment via the Internet. As self-paying or without a written declaration for assumption of costs, it is required to pay directly, e.g. with credit card. The current costs can be found on each online booking tool( appointment via the internet). 

We apologize for the fact that we are currently unable to ensure the usual shopping and dining opportunities at Frankfurt Airport. The decisions made by the German federal and Hessian governments to combat the COVID-19 epidemic have required us to close most of the shops and reduce the hours of restaurants inside the terminals. However, food and beverages will be available enough of the time to meet basic needs. We are endeavoring to maintain at least this basic level of service. In the transit areas, their availability will be continually adjusted in response to the departures and arrivals that are still taking place. More information.

Currently the terminals are being flexibly cleaned as needed depending on passenger volumes. Sanitary facilities are cleaned daily as required on the basis of spot checks and more thoroughly when appropriate. Cleaning personnel is continuously on duty in heavily used facilities. In addition, maintenance cleaning of all terminal areas and installations is carried out at night (including handrails, door handles, light switches etc.). All waste receptacles are also cleaned daily.

Disinfecting cleansers are used.

In baby rooms, the TÜV uses sterile samplers once a month to identify any contamination. Additional samples are taken as required.

The airport operator is currently also responsible for cleaning the customs and security areas.

Compliance with hygiene regulations is regularly checked at hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCPs) in the on-site shops, cafeterias etc. that sell, prepare, or serve food.

More information about hygiene measures.