Corona test centres in the metropolitan region
The number of infections has increased rapidly in the last few weeks. Corona test centres are now available to stop the chains of infection and to quickly test travel returnees, especially from risk areas. These can be found more and more frequently at airports, railway stations, motorways and borders. Often the test centres are offered as "drive-in" - the smear test is very simple and straightforward. Here you will find the most important questions and answers.
Where can I get tested?
The Corona Test Centre will move from Schwetzingen to Reilingen from September 2020. A drive-in zone is planned on a former supermarket parking lot.
For travellers returning to the airport, there are test stations at the airports in Frankfurt (Hahn), Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Friedrichshafen.
Those who travel by train can soon be tested at the train stations in Ulm and Mannheim. In addition, there are already test stations at Stuttgart main station and Karlsruhe main station.
Those travelling by car also have the possibility to be tested at motorways and border stations:
⦁ A 5 - East fallow field car park
⦁ A 5 - Neuchâtel east car park
⦁ A 81 - Räthisgraben car park
⦁ A 7 - St. Jakob car park
⦁ A 8 - Kemmental car park
⦁ A 60 - Wankelstraße 16, coming from Belgium in Bitburg
⦁ A 64 - Markusberg service station in the direction of Trier, coming from Luxembourg
⦁ A 65 - Grabengärten 5 (address for navigation systems: Max-Planck-Straße 14), coming from France in Landau
⦁ Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Tel. 06322 961-7302, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Fr every 14-16 o'clock
The test centre is only valid for people who live in the Bad Dürkheim district and in Neustadt an der Weinstraße. Please contact the on-call practice of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung) under this telephone number: 116117, after which the further procedure will be discussed.
⦁ Speyer, Hall 101
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Fri from 16-19
Travel returnees who live in Speyer and the southern Rhineland-Palatinate district can be tested in Speyer. However, an appointment must be made in advance via the telephone hotline of the German Red Cross. The telephone number is 06232 600214 and the hotline is available from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Who pays for the test?
As a rule, the costs for the Corona test are covered by the country. Those who come from risk areas or from abroad can be tested free of charge within 72h. If, for example, you go to a wedding and would like to test yourself in advance for safety reasons, you must pay the costs yourself. If you want to do a private test you have to expect costs of 150 to 200€.
What should I do until my result is available?
People who return from risk areas must go into quarantine immediately after arrival in Germany. During the 14-day quarantine it is not allowed to leave the apartment or house. Shopping can be done by neighbours or relatives. Furthermore no visitors are allowed. Travel returnees from risk areas must report to the competent authority that they have arrived in Germany. This can also be done using the "Aussteigerkarte", which is filled out during the flight, train or bus journey and handed in on arrival.
How safe is a negative test?
A negative test result is a snapshot. It is possible that the virus only appears later, after you have already performed a first corona test. Therefore, it makes sense to perform a second test. However, there is no obligation. The costs for a repeat test are paid per person. So for you this one is free of charge. Nevertheless, it is helpful to have a corona test.
How do I proceed after a positive test result?
The public health department will contact the affected people and explain how to proceed. The next step is to stay in quarantine at home - at least 10 to 14 days.
If you have any further questions about how to proceed with the coronavirus, please consult the "Coronavirus Guide".