A Collection of 20 Berlin English Covid Resources
(Updated on January 25th, 2021)
Berlin English Covid Resources – it came to my attention that no such list of helpful links exists on the internet.
Since Covid will likely be with us for a while, I tried to build a collection of English Covid resources relevant to Berliners, hoping to save some of you many hours of sifting through half-translated websites.
In this list of Berlin English Covid resources, you’ll find answers to the most pressing corona-related topics, including:
- Where to get reliable English news about Covid;
- Where to access the latest official Covid regulations;
- How to travel internationally during Covid;
- How to get a test depending on whether you:
- Have Covid symptoms but no GP;
- Don’t have symptoms but need the test to travel;
- Are returning from travel and require a test;
- How to stay connected with the expat community.
I hope this guide is helpful to my fellow expats in Berlin. While all of the resources linked to are in English, some of the pages they refer to could be in German.
I highly recommend using Deepl to translate this content – this free tool offers very accurate, instant German to English translations.
Where to get English news about the Corona virus in Berlin and Germany
The official website for Germany, Deutschland.de, is one of the best, frequently updated English Covid resources, providing bite-size English updates on daily virus development and German legislative changes. This website focuses on Germany-wide updates.
Meanwhile, the Berlin English radio station KCRW posts weekly Covid updates and focuses on their implications for Berliners.
The Facebook Group Berlin4Beginners also posts daily Covid updates translated into English from official legislation, providing links to the original content.
Where to access Berlin’s latest Corona rules in English
The latest version of Berlin’s official measures against the Coronavirus can be found on Berlin.de.
In addition, All About Berlin has a regularly updated log on Coronavirus rules and restrictions as pertaining specifically to Berliners.
Where to get the latest travel warnings & risk area updates
The Robert Koch Institute provides a constantly updated list of international risk areas. The page you land on is in German, but right at the top you’ll find a link to an English version which opens as a pdf.
Furthermore, the Federal Ministry of Health has an extensive English-language FAQ on corona testing when traveling to Germany. There are answers to questions like:
- Who has to quarantine after coming into Germany;
- Who needs to get a test after returning to Germany;
- What the correct procedure is for returning from a risk area.
Berlin English Covid resources for getting tested
Berlin.de provides a list of Corona screening centres in Berlin (in English).
If you have symptoms
TipBerlin wrote an article on how to get tested in Berlin, answering the question of whether or not you can go to your GP if you have Corona symptoms. Short answer: you can, but you should call first. Many GPs offer Corona tests, but not all.
If you don’t have a GP or your GP doesn’t offer tests and you have symptoms, you can call one of these doctors’ offices who will treat patients other than their own. (Unfortunately, this page only exists in German).
Testing (prior to travel and returning from risk areas)
If you plan to travel, you likely need a negative Corona test, but you cannot go to one of the testing centres or doctors’ offices mentioned above.
However, Berlin’s Public Doctors’ Association has created an official list of all doctors in Berlin who administer corona tests for non-symptomatic people planning to travel. These are the same doctors you can visit to get a negative corona test after you come back from a risk area.
Once more, this page unfortunately does not exist in English, however, it is fairly straightforward (a list of clinics per district). In some cases, you can even send an email to book an appointment.
Updated (November 19, 2020): If you need to get a Corona test and have no symptoms, you can do so at the new Berlin Airport, BER. The website says that you can get your test results within 24 hours. It also provides a lot of information on the ins and outs of traveling during Covid, so I’ve added it to this list of Berlin English Covid resources.
Expat advice: work visas, relocation and more in times of Corona
Because Berlin provides advice to expats on relocation, visas and working in Berlin. During the 1st wave, the team hosted several #BerlinHelpsExpats Town Halls, where advisors answered expats’ Corona-related questions in English, in partnership with various government offices.
While the latest videos were posted during the summer, much of the information is still valid. Plus, you can ask your own questions any time (for free) simply by contacting Because Berlin via their website.
Berlin English Covid resources for community activities and support
As our blog mostly covers interesting things to do the city, it would be a pity to leave safe, socially distant activities out of this post. Our Berlin English Covid resources list should also include some fun stuff!
Open Music School hosts free online music lessons for beginner and intermediate levels, Monday through Thursday. During Covid, all classes have shifted online and can be accessed via Zoom.
The OMS is a volunteer initiative run by Give Something Back to Berlin. Get to know other foreigners in Berlin as you sharpen your guitar, piano or ukulele skills.
Listen to music
If you’d rather listen to music than play yourself, you can visit the Konzerthaus Berlin’s website. As the venue is not offering any live performances, it has set up a complete digital program with free live streams, virtual tours, and playlists.
The Maxim Gorki Theater now offers free virtual performances with English subtitles. These are, however, only available for 24 hours once a week, so make sure to schedule in the shows you want to watch.
For more digital activities in the city, check out Berlin.de’s culture section. (Please note that some activities may only be available in German.)
Berlin English Covid resources for international students
My German University offers frequent free webinars on the implications of studying in Germany during Covid. The next webinar takes place on October 29. You can sign up here.
There are still plenty of ways to enjoy Berlin and be safe right now. Here are few ideas from the blog:
- Discover 17 scenic walking and running trails all around Berlin, picked by locals
- See Berlin’s prettiest fall foliage: think ivy-clad buildings and walks through golden forests
- Visit Berlin outdoor historical sights that are completely forgotten by guide books
- Snap away at the most Instagrammable places in Berlin off the beaten path.
If you have any other Berlin English Covid resources to add to this list, please let us know in the comments! Meanwhile, stay strong, safe and healthy!