Corona rapid test: standing in line before the Easter visit


Berlin – Queuing for the last Easter presents or the long-awaited visit to the grandparents. Many Berliners had to have the Corona rapid test on Saturday – but it didn’t go that fast, even with an appointment.

Since last Wednesday (March 31), customers need a daily negative Corona test in many shops, for visits to museums or the hairdresser. This does not apply to supermarkets, pharmacies and drug stores.



Student Emilia K. (22) and founder Hannah K. from Schöneberg: “We are sisters and live together in a shared apartment. We want to visit our parents at Easter, so we do a corona test beforehand. Fortunately, as a Berliner, it’s free. Without a test, we usually only go for a walk with our parents outdoors “Photo: Olaf Selchow

There are 18 test centers of the Senate Department for Health available throughout the city for the rapid tests.

There are also numerous certified private providers – including pharmacies, hotels, clubs and opera houses – who test for Corona. In total, more than 200 test stations are available.


Map: Corona vaccination monitoring in the federal states - infographic

According to the CDU state chairman Kai Wegner (48) too little: “The lack of test centers in the outskirts is a huge problem,” criticized the politician.


Sebastian Cassia (21), trainee from Pankow: “I finally want to go shopping again, now that I have a few days off.  Fortunately, this is possible here in Berlin with a current test.  Friends

Sebastian Cassia (21), trainee from Pankow: “I finally want to go shopping again, now that I have a few days off. Fortunately, this is possible here in Berlin with a current test. Friends from Stuttgart have said that everything is still closed there “Photo: Olaf Selchow

“Demanding mandatory tests but not making them available throughout the city does not create trust.”


Leyla T. (25), student from Prenzlauer Berg: “I moved from Neukölln to Prenzlauer Berg a few days ago.  Now I want to go back to Ikea this afternoon for last concern

Leyla T. (25), student from Prenzlauer Berg: “I moved from Neukölln to Prenzlauer Berg a few days ago. Now I want to go to Ikea this afternoon to run some last minute errands. That’s why I just did a current corona test “Photo: Olaf Selchow

Registration and appointments for a quick test are made on the website test-to-go.berlin.


Susanne (67) and Erich (65) Braesemann, pensioners from Mitte: “Our grandchildren should come to visit us during the days off, so we had a test today.  We are happy to finally be uncomfortable again

Susanne (67) and Erich (65) Braesemann, pensioners from Mitte: “Our grandchildren should come to visit us during the days off, so we had a test today. We look forward to finally being able to spend carefree time with the little ones again “Photo: Olaf Selchow

Here, the nearby test stations are displayed on a map. With the exception of the four large test sites in Wilmersdorf, Tiergarten, Kreuzberg and Lichtenberg, an appointment has to be booked online in advance almost everywhere.


Merve Kenger (27), student from Wedding: “Today I have nothing to do for a day and so I want to go to the mall with my family.  Finally go shopping again.  We have each tes directly

Merve Kenger (27), student from Wedding: “Today I have nothing to do for a day and so I want to go to the mall with my family. Finally go shopping again. We all had ourselves tested right away, my sisters and my mother too “Photo: Olaf Selchow

Nevertheless, due to the high rush on Saturday, there were delays, long queues and waiting times in many places.

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