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Important information on coronavirus

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to generate new issues and regulations and give rise to important new information – also at Charité.

A clear overview of the most important information on coronavirus and related matters can be found on our dedicated coronavirus page. This page also provides information on how to prevent infection with the coronavirus and outlines the steps which each of us can take to keep ourselves and others safe.

Rules for outpatients

Rules for visitors © Charité
Rules for visitors © Charité

Given the sharp increase in new infections, Charité has now implemented the 3G rule for all patients attending outpatient and day case facilities. 

Upon entry to Charité premises, outpatients and day case patients must be able to prove that they have either been fully vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19, or that they have an up-to-date negative test result. Exceptions will be made for emergencies. Limits will be placed on the number of appointments available. 

Visits by outpatients who are taking part in clinical studies will be postponed unless there are compelling reasons why this cannot be done. In these exceptional cases, the 2G-Plus rule shall apply: in addition to providing proof of their vaccinated or recovered status, study participants must provide proof of a negative coronavirus test result.

The aim of these rules is to prevent the virus from entering and spreading through Charité, and to optimize the level of protection in place both for Charité staff and for vulnerable patients with severe underlying medical conditions.
 

What these new rules mean for our patients:

  • Outpatients and day case patients must be fully vaccinated, recovered, or provide proof of either a negative rapid antigen test (obtained no more than 24 hours earlier) or a negative PCR-based test (obtained no more than 48 hours earlier). The 3G rule also applies to children above the age of 5 and to adolescents. Presentation of the child’s student ID card will not be sufficient. Asymptomatic children aged 5 or younger do not require proof of testing.
     
  • Outpatients taking part in clinical studies must provide evidence of their vaccinated or recently recovered status in addition to providing proof of a negative rapid antigen or PCR test result obtained no more than 24 (antigen test) or 48 (PCR test) hours earlier. 


If you are planning to visit a patient in hospital, please arrange your visit in advance by contacting the relevant ward’s nursing staff. Please bring your identity card or passport with you to your scheduled visit. These will be checked at the entrance and your details recorded. You will then be issued with a visitor pass or visitor armband and granted admission to the hospital grounds. 

The collection and processing of personal data is solely for infection control purposes, in order to ensure the safety of patients, visitors, accompanying visitors and hospital staff should an infection develop or be diagnosed at a later stage. All collected data will be erased after a period of 2 weeks. Please click on the following link for more information on the processing of personal data under the GDPR.

Visitors are advised that checks at entrances may result in delays. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. To minimize delays, please ensure that you have all required documentation ready for inspection. 

Rules for visitors and accompanying visitors

Access restrictions 07.03.2022 © Charité
Access restrictions 07.03.2022 © Charité

Case numbers continue to fall, and we appear to have passed the peak of the Omicron wave. As a result, Charité is updating its rules for visitors and accompanying visitors.

From 7 March 2022, inpatients will once again be permitted to receive one visitor per day, for a maximum of one hour.  Critically ill patients will be exempt from this restriction.

Outpatients, day case patients and patients attending Charité’s emergency departments may bring one accompanying visitor.

All visitors and accompanying visitors must provide proof of a negative rapid antigen test result obtained on the day of their visit.

The aim of these rules is to prevent the virus from entering and spreading through Charité, and to optimize the level of protection in place both for Charité staff and for particularly vulnerable patients with severe underlying medical conditions.
 

What these new rules mean in practice:

  • Only individuals with a negative rapid antigen test result will be permitted to visit or accompany patients. This rule also applies to fully vaccinated and recovered individuals. To be considered valid, the negative test result must be no older than 24 hours. This testing requirement also applies to children above the age of 5 and to adolescents. Presentation of the child’s student ID card will not be sufficient. Asymptomatic children aged 5 or younger will not require proof of testing.
     
  • To gain admission to hospital grounds, all visitors will be asked to show proof of a negative test result, in addition to an identity card or passport. Visitors will then be issued with a visitor pass or visitor armband and granted admission to Charité premises. Visitors who are unable to produce a visitor pass or armband will be asked to leave the premises immediately.
     
  • Children and adolescents under the age of 19 who are being accompanied by a parent or carer during their stay may continue to receive one visitor (another parent or carer) for up to one hour every day. Exceptions may be made in certain circumstances, subject to discussion with the ward’s clinical and nursing managers.


The following rules remain unchanged:

  • Mask mandate and distancing rules: Visitors and accompanying visitors must wear FFP2 masks (without a valve) at all times while inside Charité buildings and maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from others whenever possible, including when outside.
     
  • Individuals with symptoms of respiratory infection will not be permitted within any Charité buildings.


Please bring your identity card or passport with you to your scheduled visit. These will be checked at the entrance and your details recorded. You will then be issued with a visitor pass or visitor armband and granted admission to the hospital grounds.

Visitors are advised that checks at entrances may result in delays. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. To minimize delays, please ensure that you have all required documentation ready for inspection.

You are worried you may have an infection. What to do?

Information on the coronavirus and advice regarding actions you should be taking are available via the CovApp.

Our FAQs will provide you with information on SARS-CoV-2 testing, dedicated test centers in Berlin and our coronavirus video consultation service.

Hospital Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

In addition to its role in research and teaching, the Hospital's fundamental mission also includes the care and treatment of patients. With 682.731 outpatient cases and 123.793 inpatient cases a year, Charité treats more patients than any other university hospital in Germany and, as a result, is able to draw on a wealth of experience and expertise. 

As a tertiary care institution, Charité is able to offer treatments for a diverse range of medical conditions. The hospital comprises over 100 different clinics and departments covering the entire spectrum of modern medicine. From allergy and immunology to vascular surgery, our diagnostic and treatment options set a benchmark for other health care providers.

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