Germany: Frankfurt Airport coronavirus test center opens

Frankfurt Airport opened a walk-in COVID-19 testing center on Monday.

In cooperation with airport operators Fraport and Lufthansa, biotech firm Centogene hopes the operation at Germany’s largest airport will serve as a “blueprint to opening international borders.” The scheme is expected to run until July 31 next year.

“Passengers flying to or from Frankfurt Airport with Lufthansa will be able to perform the test at a sampling center located near the main terminal,” a Centogene statement said.

The test ”can either be completed the day before traveling or with a fast track solution the same day before departure. All results are delivered to the passenger via a secure digital platform and connected to their ticket — providing secured clearance for passengers flying to countries with entrance restrictions.”

The airport has capacity to carry out around 5,000 tests per day. These are voluntary, but cold help passengers avoid quarantine at their destination. However, DW’s Chelsea Dulaney, who was present at the launch, says even the most expensive test can only provide a result within 2-3 hours. “That could be a hinderance to the adoption of the tests, as people would have to get to the airport even earlier,” she said.

European News

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