Lufthansa offers COVID-19 tests to customers using its major German hub airports

The COVID-19 test reception area at Frankfurt Airport. (Lufthansa)

Lufthansa has announced that its customers arriving into both Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and Munich Airport (MUC) now have the opportunity to take a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus test. The German flag carrier, in partnership with genetic diagnostics company, Centogene, is using PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing kits at FRA. They require a throat swab and are certified by the relevant health authorities of Lufthansa’s main markets, including those of Germany and Austria. An additional test facility has also opened at Munich Airport, in partnership with its medical centre, MediCare.

Dr Björn Becker, the Lufthansa Group’s senior director product management ground & digital Services, commented: “These test centres offer our customers the opportunity to avoid being quarantined, when arriving in Germany and Austria, with a negative corona test in their hand.

“Results are usually available within four to five hours after testing and are linked to the customer’s flight ticket. This also makes it easier for them to travel safely to other countries worldwide that accept a certified PCR corona test as well to avoid quarantine.”

Customers in Frankfurt must register for the test in advance, either online at www.centogene.com/corona or directly at the test centre and the results are sent to customers via an app link. The Lufthansa Group is recommending that passengers take the PCR Covid-19 test 24 hours prior to departure from Frankfurt Airport or immediately after arrival. The test facility, located between Frankfurt’s Terminal 1 and the “Square”, can evaluate up to 380 tests per hour, via a certified laboratory which is also located at the airport. Openings hours are from Monday to Friday, between 9am and 7pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays, between 9am and 5pm.

At Munich, tests are available at the local airport clinic MediCare, located in Terminal 1. Again, passengers are advised to request a test in advance from notfallambulanz@munich-airport.de, in order to avoid delays. The airline said the results of tests carried out at MUC will be available within four hours.

For all international flights, Lufthansa recommends that customers should check current entry and quarantine regulations of their respective destinations. Information on all hygienic measures introduced by Lufthansa for its customers is available at https://www.lufthansa.com/sg/en/travelling-and-corona