*Last updated on: 28 May 2021
COVID-19 Safety Measures at Frankfurt Airport
Passengers travelling to and from Frankfurt Airport will find that a number of new measures are in place to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The COVID-19 safety measures at Frankfurt Airport have helped earn the airport 'Safe from COVID-19' quality seal status from TÜV Hesse. From enhanced cleaning protocols to free tests for inbound passengers and extensive social distancing measures, it’s important that passengers familiarise themselves with these measures before arriving at or departing from Frankfurt Airport.
What airport measures are currently in place for travellers upon arrival in Frankfurt?
Passengers arriving in Frankfurt from a high-risk country are required to fill out a passenger locator card. This will be handed to passengers to complete during the flight and will then be handed directly from the airline to the German health authorities. All passengers are required to have a negative COVID-19 test before departure. Free tests are available at the airport. With the exception of passengers who receive or can already prove a negative test result, those arriving from high-risk countries must quarantine for 14 days. Waiting is not allowed within the arrivals terminal at Frankfurt Airport, so those who are arriving at the airport should arrange to meet their escort in the car park.
What airport measures are currently in place for travellers departing Frankfurt?
Online check-in is advised for passengers departing from Frankfurt Airport, as this can help reduce the chance of contagion. Self-service bag drops are also available to reduce human contact and passengers are encouraged to take just one piece of hand luggage on board. Those departing from Frankfurt should check the guidelines of their destination country before their journey. Only those with a flight booking are permitted into the terminal building.
Are there any screening or PCR testing facilities available?
Free PCR testing is available at various testing centres, for example, located on the bridge between Terminal 1 and the airport’s mainline train station. Testing is exclusively available for arriving and departing travellers. Passengers will need to have their boarding pass ready to access the free test service. There is also a Medical Center located at Frankfurt Airport where COVID-19 is offered. It is always advised to book an appointment.
What about face masks and social distancing?
Face masks are mandatory throughout the airport, although exemptions exist for children under six and those with specific health or medical conditions. Since 23 January 2021 only medical masks (so-called surgical masks or masks with the identifier KN 95/N95 and FFP 2) are allowed. Social distancing of at least 1.5 metres is encouraged throughout the airport. Extensive social distancing measures are in place including 1200 plexiglass screens, which have been installed throughout check-in and security, as well as 10,000 floor markings in place at queuing areas and baggage collection. There are also social distancing reminder signs displayed throughout the airport, as well as, announcement reminders in multiple languages, broadcast every five minutes. Distancing bands have also been placed in all seating areas to help maintain social distancing.
What is Frankfurt Airport’s COVID-19 cleaning policy?
An enhanced cleaning protocol is in place at Frankfurt Airport as an essential COVID-19 safety measure. This includes frequent disinfectant cleaning of all communal surfaces such as handles and handrails as well as airport vehicles. Hand sanitation stations are located throughout the airport and passengers are encouraged to regularly wash their hands with soap and water as well. Many shops at the airport sell protective masks, disinfectant gel and disinfecting wipes.
Are the dining and shopping facilities open?
Many of the cafes, restaurants and shops in Terminal 1 are currently closed, including a number of duty free outlets. Passengers should note however that takeaway food and drinks are currently available to purchase at the airport. For more information on the opening hours of the dining and shopping facilities, please have a look at the Frankfurt Airport website. Most shop counters have plexiglass shields to protect both staff and travellers, and also feature floor markings to help maintain social distancing.
What else do I need to know or do before travelling to or from Frankfurt Airport?
Due to reduced air traffic, all departures and arrivals are coming through Terminal 1. All passengers, both departing and arriving in Frankfurt, are advised to check with their airline before they travel in order to check the status of their flight, as all services are currently subject to change. More information about international travel to Germany can be found on the German government website. German guidelines also differ according to state, so passengers arriving in Frankfurt should also check the correct guidelines for the German State of Hesse. Book your flight to Frankfurt today with BudgetAir and enjoy competitive prices across all seats.