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Berlin: Free Corona Tests for All Residents

Starting on Monday, all Berlin residents can have themselves tested for Corona. The tests are free of charge. Testing centers all over the city have been set up.

Berlin, March 7th, 2021. Update: March 8th, 2021: 06:45 a.m. (The Berlin Spectator) — All Berlin residents can go ahead and get tested for Sars-CoV-2, a.k.a. Corona. The city state pays for the tests, meaning they are free for all Berliners. According to the Senate Administration for Health, the tests are being offered for the residents’ protection.

One Per Week

The free tests are limited to one per person per week and a follow-up test, if it becomes necessary. After each test, a test certificate with the outcome will be given out. In supermarkets, Corona tests are being offered for 24.99 Euro (29.78 U.S. Dollars or 21.52 Pounds Sterling).

Berlin’s test centers are spread all over the city. They open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day, starting on Monday, March 8th, 2021. Since there might be a lot of interest, waiting lines could develop. Late on Sunday night, the Senate Health Administration said, for Corona tests at most test centers appointments were necessary — for now. But there are four centers people can go to without appointments.

All Test Centers

There is one test center in each of Berlin’s twelve districts. For these centers, appointments will have to be made here. These are the addresses:

>> Tempelhof-Schöneberg: Mariendorfer Damm 64, 12109 Berlin

>> Marzahn-Hellersdorf: Janusz-Korczak Str. 17, 12627 Berlin

>> Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf: Zillestraße. 10, 10585 Berlin

>> Treptow-Köpenick: Spreestraße. 6, 12439 Berlin

>> Lichtenberg: Rummelsburger Str. 13, 10315 Berlin

>> Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg: Prinzenstr. 23, 10969 Berlin

>> Pankow: Hauptstr. 29a, 12158 Berlin

>> Neukölln: Bat-Yam-Platz 1, 12353 Berlin

>> Reinickendorf: Antonienstr. 51, 13403 Berlin

>> Spandau: Schönwalder Allee 26 13587 Berlin (back entrance)

>> Steglitz-Zehlendorf: Kirchstr. 1-3, 14163 Berlin

>> Wedding: Müllerstraße 146, 13353 Berlin

For the following four additional test centers, no appointments are necessary:

– Max Taut OSZ, Fischerstraße 36, 10317 Berlin

– Carl-von-Ossietzky-Schule, Blücherstraße 46-47, 10961 Berlin

– Kurt-Weiss-Sporthalle, Franzensbader Str. 16, 14193 Berlin

– Poststadion Mitte, Lehrter Str. 59, 10557 Berlin

Kalayci’s Test Strategy

“I am glad to be able to offer tests to Berliners”, Health Senator Dilek Kalayci stated. “We are extending our test strategy, which already includes hospitals, care facilities and educational establishments, in order to offer Corona tests to everyone.” Senator Kalayci reminded Berliners they need to go into quarantine immediately if they test positive. In this case, PCR tests should be done as they are more reliable. Berlin’s test centers provide information about locations for PCR tests.

On top of the big test centers listed above, the Senate Health Administration intends to set up “Corona Test Centers to Go”. For this purpose, the city wants to commission existing establishments such as pharmacies.

Doctors who want to make their office a “test facility to go” for rapid Corona tests, or owners of pharmacies (or other businesses) who want to take part, can apply here or have their questions answered first, by calling this phone number: 0800 3848688.

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