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Corona tests for incoming passengers from Corona risk areas

You have been to a risk area? Then a test for you is mandatory!

Anyone entering from a risk area starting from 8th of August 2020 must either be tested within 48 hours before entry or within 72 hours after entry. Upon return, all travelers who have not tested negative must proceed directly to their destination. Until a negative test result is obtained, travelers must isolate themselves at home for up to 14 days (domestic quarantine).

There are several possibilities to have yourself tested for free.

You can do so …
  • … here at the airport at baggage conveyor belt 19.
  • … by prior appointment at your registered doctor‘s private practice.
  • Please dial phone number 116 117 to receive further information about local COVID-19 testing options.
Please be aware that only passengers who have been to risk areas can have themselves tested here at Düsseldorf Airport. The test center, which is officially arranged by the government of North Rhine-Westphalia and operated by the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians of North Rhine (KVNO), is located in security area. Here, passengers have the opportunity to be tested free of charge immediately after their arrival. Another condition: you are an EU citizen or at least have a place of residence in the EU.

Other passengers are kindly asked to refer to their family doctor or their local health department like listed above for a free testing during the first 72 hours after landing.

Please check the risk areas on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

Do you have any questions?

Here you will find answers to the most important quenstions. 


Who can be tested?

You can be tested the airport after your arrival if these three requirements are met:

  • You have just returned from a risk area listed by the Robert Koch Institute,
  • You are an EU citizen or have at least one residence in the EU,
  • After landing, you are still in the security area of Düsseldorf Airport.

How much does it cost to get tested?

Corona tests are intended for incoming passengers fromCorona risk areas considered by the RKI (Robert Koch Institut). They have to be either EU-citizens or must have
their permanent place of residence in the EU. The test will be free of charge for these travelers. Fees are covered by the federal state of North Rhine Westphalia.

Who conducts the tests?

Doctors and medical professionals of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians are conducting the swabs.

How does the test work?

The evidence of Sars-CoV-2 is done by oral and nasal mucosa swabs. Two swabs will be performed: one nasal and an oral one. In the case of an infection the swabs will
contain genetic material of the virus.

When and how will I receive my test results?

Test results should generally be available within three days. The results are provided online by the lab via QR-Code. In case of a positive result, the lab will inform the local Health Office. Staff of the Health Office will promptly contact the traveler by telephone to discuss further actions.

What is the advantage of getting tested at the airport?

Travelers from risk areas will be able to shorten the required domestic quarantine significantly when receiving a negative test result.

What happens in case of a positive result?

The traveler will be placed in domestic quarantine in case of a positive result even without showing signs of the disease. This rule exists also for all those who had close contact with an infected person. The Health Office will take suitable measures and will monitor their observance.

When will the test be found positive?

The test will prove the existence of the virus in a traveler’s body as soon as two to three days after infection which means two to three days after showing first signs of the disease. The virus is basically detectable up to four weeks after an infection. Eventually this time can be even shorter or longer depending on the amount of virus found in a person’s body.

Is there any age restriction for the test?

There is no age restriction. Even babies can get tested.

Where is the Corona Test Center located?

The Corona Test Center is located at the customs area of the terminal building close to baggage belt No. 19. This area is not publicly accessible.

What are the opening hours for the Corona Test Center?

Up to August 14, 2020 the Corona Test Center will be open as scheduled every day from 6 A.M to 12 P.M. Depending on the number of incoming passengers, the center will open or close the doors earlier or even later.

Do I have to register before getting tested?

No, a registration prior to the test is not necessary.

What do I need to bring to the test?

A mouth-nose-protection is mandatory to wear at the Corona Test Center as well as in the entire terminal building. If possible bring your Health Insurance Card along. In case your card is not available or for those with private health insurance, simply leave your name, address and mobile phone number. An identity document and your boarding pass are required.

Do I have my own test cabin or will I have to share it with other travelers?

You might share a cabin with maximum three other people belonging to your family or your household.

Is it possible to leave the restricted area before taking the test and return later?

Unfortunately, this is not possible. After leaving the restricted area of the terminal building, a new access without valid flight ticket and security check is not allowed.