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Corona rapid tests: You can now be tested free of charge here

Since mid-March everyone has been able to get tested for SARS-CoV-2 free of charge once a week. But where and when do the tests take place and who gets a quick test?

On March 3, the federal and state governments decided that a free corona rapid test should be offered to every citizen once a week. This offer has been valid since mid-March even if there are no symptoms or suspicions of the coronavirus.

A positive test is then followed by a PCR test; if the test result is negative, the person tested receives a certificate of the test result. This could perhaps loosen more corona measures in the future.

But every federal state regulates the rapid tests differently. So who can be tested where? An overview.

Who can carry out tests?

In contrast to the corona self-tests, which are now available at discounters and drug stores, for example, professional rapid antigen tests must be carried out by medical staff.

That is why the free rapid tests are generally possible, for example, in medical practices, test centers, pharmacies, nursing homes or hospitals.


Cross-border commuters in Baden-Württemberg have been able to have themselves tested free of charge in general practitioners' practices, corona-focused practices, pharmacies or municipal test centers since the beginning of February. This offer has already been expanded. Now there are additional tests for every citizen, both from the state and the federal government. The state of Baden-Württemberg offers an overview of test centers here.


11.5 million rapid antigen tests per month are to be offered in Bavaria by June 30th. The existing 96 test centers are used for this purpose. In addition to the previous test centers, pharmacies and medical practices are also to be created as rapid test centers. At the start on March 8, there was still chaos in many places about the new test offers in Bavaria, now there is an overview of the regional test centers.


Berliners can be tested free of charge in special test centers. In every district there is one available, as the Senate Health Administration announced. The "Berliner Zeitung", for example, offers an overview of the Berlin test sites:

  • Tempelhof-Schöneberg: Mariendorfer Damm 64, 12109 Berlin
  • Marzahn-Hellersdorf: Janusz-Korczak Str. 17, 12627 Berlin
  • Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf: Zillestrasse 10, 10585 Berlin
  • Treptow-Köpenick: Spreestrasse 6, 12439 Berlin
  • Lichtenberg: Rummelsburger Str. 13, 10315 Berlin
  • Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg: Prinzenstr. 23, 10969 Berlin
  • Pankow: Hauptstr. 29a, 13158 Berlin
  • Neukölln: Bat-Yam-Platz 1, 12353 Berlin
  • Reinickendorf: Antonienstr. 51, 13403 Berlin
  • Spandau: Schönwalder Allee 26, 13587 Berlin (back entrance of house 2)
  • Steglitz-Zehlendorf: Kirchstr. 1-3, 14163 Berlin
  • Wedding: Müllerstrasse 146, 13353 Berlin

There are also numerous other test sites, for example in pharmacies. You can find an overview of how to book an appointment here.


In the opinion of the Brandenburg districts, the planned free corona rapid tests for every citizen were initially a huge logistical challenge. "Somehow everything works, but to offer everyone in Brandenburg a quick test overnight, once a week, that cannot be administered," said the chairman of the district assembly, Wolfgang Blasig (SPD) at the beginning of March.

In the meantime, Brandenburg has also created a test structure and you can find an overview of possible test centers here.


Since March 10th, Bremen has also been offering free rapid tests in several test centers. These include the corona outpatient clinics of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians Bremen-Stadt and Bremen-Nord as well as the Covid 19 test center at the airport.

You can find an overview of the test options in Bremen here.


As the Hamburg Senate reports, there are 27 test center operators and 18 pharmacies in the Hanseatic city that offer free rapid antigen testing. There are also 67 general practitioners' practices. More than 25,000 tests should be possible every day.

Before taking a test, an appointment must first be made online. This can be done directly at the family doctor or the respective test center or by calling 116 117.


In Hesse, more than 470 corona test sites have now been created, which are summarized here in an overview.

In addition, the drugstore chain dm has offered to set up rapid test centers in some branches in Hesse, where citizens can also be tested by trained staff. There you can make an appointment via the dm homepage or the "My dm app".

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

There are currently more than 150 rapid test facilities in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The districts, independent cities, pharmacies and numerous aid organizations continue to work on expanding the network.

You can find an overview of test options in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania here.

Corona rapid test: In many federal states, you can be tested free of charge once a week. (Source: MedienServiceMüller / imago images)

Lower Saxony

Citizens in Lower Saxony can also have themselves tested for the corona virus free of charge in medical practices, pharmacies and test centers. So far, more than 1,600 medical practices and around 500 pharmacies have been part of the Lower Saxony test offer. You can find an overview here.

North Rhine-Westphalia

There are now more than 2,600 test sites for free corona rapid tests in North Rhine-Westphalia. This means that local test offers are available in all districts and urban districts, announced the state government. The WDR, for example, gives an overview of the test sites in North Rhine-Westphalia.


The State Office for Social Affairs, Youth and Welfare in Rhineland-Palatinate had already set up more than 450 test sites for free quick tests at the beginning of the test campaign. At the beginning of March, these included 88 pharmacies and medical practices and a large number of the municipal test centers. There are now significantly more jobs, you can find an overview here.


In Saarland, among other things, the state itself operates rapid test centers such as the exhibition grounds in Saarbrücken, the Franco-German test center on the Goldenen Bremm and five other locations. There are also test centers in the towns and districts, in pharmacies and at doctors' offices. According to the state government, the main centers have a capacity of 960 tests per day. An overview of the Saarland test centers can be found here.


Saxony also has an overview of previous test sites. If you want to be tested, in the best case scenario you should simply ask the next test center whether they offer a free quick test.

Here is an overview of the test sites in Saxony.


Saxony-Anhalt's Ministry of Health announces that it has concluded a framework agreement with the State Pharmacists' Association of Saxony-Anhalt e.V. in order to quickly establish a nationwide offer for free corona rapid tests via the pharmacies in the state.

An overview of participating pharmacies can be found here.


Since March 8, everyone in Schleswig-Holstein has been able to get tested for SARS-CoV-2 free of charge once a week. The overview of the state government is updated daily. Nevertheless, the test stations should be contacted in advance by phone or email. You can find the overview here.


In Thuringia, too, there is a comprehensive network of different test offers - in specially set up test centers, in pharmacies, but also in medical practices. You can find test options in your area in this overview.

Important NOTE: The information is in no way a substitute for professional advice or treatment by trained and recognized doctors. The contents of t-online cannot and must not be used to independently make diagnoses or start treatments.

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