Berlinale COVID-19 Regulations

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Berlinale & EFM COVID-19 Regulations

In its SARS-CoV-2 Infection Protection Measures Ordinance of the State of Berlin (latest version: November 16, 2021), the Berlin Senate has ruled that the minimum requirement for holding cultural and cinema events is that participants must be vaccinated or have recovered (also known as the ‘2G model’).

Proof of 2G Status:

Access to the festival and the European Film Market is only permitted for persons who can produce proof of complete vaccination or recovery.
Vaccinated persons must have been vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine, the last required dose of which was administered at least 14 days ago.

Vaccines currently approved by the EU are:

  • - Comirnaty® from BioNTech/Pfizer (two doses required)
  • - Spikevax® from Moderna (two doses required)
  • - Vaxzevria® from AstraZeneca (two doses required)
  • - COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen® from Johnson&Johnson (one dose is sufficient)

Further information on approved cross-vaccinations and the names of vaccine products in other countries can be found on the Paul Ehrlich Institute website. Please note that tests of vaccines that have not yet been approved are ongoing.

Recovered persons must have a positive PCR test result from more than six months ago and at least one vaccination with an EU-approved vaccine administered at least 14 days ago or a positive PCR test result from at least 28 days and no more than six months ago.

An exception is granted to persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. In this case, you must have a negative PCR test result and a doctor’s certificate stating that you are unable to be vaccinated. As matters stand, persons who have been vaccinated with a non-EU-approved vaccine cannot take part in the festival. However, the Berlinale is reviewing how this group of people can also be granted access to the festival and the European Film Market in a way that is safe for all participants.

Please find currently updated and more detailed information on the Berlinale website. Here you can find hygiene guidelines, travelling tips and useful links concerning the current situation and rules of conduct under COVID-19.