Official entry restrictions
All COVID-19 entry restrictions to Germany were lifted in June 2022. Proof of vaccination, convalescence or negative tests is no longer required to enter the country. Moreover, entries to Germany are again permitted for all travel purposes. This includes tourism and visiting trips. Persons residing in the People’s Republic of China are an exception in that they still need an important reason to enter Germany, although this restriction does not apply to German citizens residing in the People’s Republic of China.
For so-called areas of variant of concern, entry restrictions can still also apply. Currently, however, the German authorities have not designated any state as a virus variant area. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION on German policies in English. Perhaps most important to note is that wearing a medical mask is still required when using public transport as well as in some other circumstances.
Safety and hygiene concept of the venue, the Hotel Berlin, Berlin
In the interests of the health and safety of all conference participants, event personnel, and the broader community, the conference venue applies the following three main safety measures:
- Effective air-conditioning of all session rooms to ensure the permanent exchange of air
- Adapted cleaning regime
- Provision of hand sanitizers, which will be available in all common areas
Please find the hotel‘s more detailed documentation HERE
Covid policy of SIL 100
More than 500 people will gather at the venue and spend time together in the same room for extended periods. The effective air exchange in the meeting rooms by air-conditioning and other standard safety measures will reduce the risk of infection. Additionally, it is foremost in our own responsibility to contribute to minimizing the likelihood of viral spread during our anniversary event. The best way to achieve that is to adapt our behaviour to the situation. In particular:
- We highly recommended a double vaccination plus a booster shot, especially for those of us over 60.
- Although not obligatory, we strongly encourage you to wear an FFP2 mask at the venue, particularly in the session rooms when not speaking. We make this recommendation, although you will notice that masks are now worn much less in public than only a few months ago, and neither hotel staff nor hotel guests are required to wear them any longer. However, given evidence that FFP2 masks effectively reduce infection risks, we advise bringing a mask for every day to protect yourself and others. A limited number of masks will be available for a fee at the venue, but not nearly as many as would be needed for all conference participants.
- We suggest regular self-testing, preferably before arriving at the venue and every morning during the conference and excursions. Please bring your own test kits. A limited number of kits will be available for a fee, although not nearly as many as would be needed for all conference participants.
- If you test positive, or develop symptoms (e.g. coughing, fever), we urge you to stay away from the venue for five days after testing negative. This is important to avoid a spreading event at SIL 100. We count on your cooperation, even in the sad situation when you travelled a long way.
- If you test positive, it is also advisable to (run a PCR) test at one of the numerous test centres. Please find below a list of a few of them not too far from the venue, as well as of some pharmacies.
FFP2 masks and test kits can also be purchased in local drugstores such as the Rossmann stores: https://www.rossmann.de/de/corona-schnelltest.
Corona Schnelltest Berlin Schöneberg
Potsdamer Str. 117-119, 10783 Berlin
Testzentrum City West
Wormser Str. 4, 10789 Berlin
Apotheke im KaDeWe
Passauer Str. 38,
+49 30 2181338
Apotheke am Wittenbergplatz
Bayreuther Str. 44
+49 30 21478873
Apotheke am Brigitte Buchin
Bayreuther Str. 44
Potsdamer Str. 101
+49 30 2629482
Ansbacher Str. 18-20
Potsdamer Str. 121