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Lufthansa launches COVID-19 tests service for passengers in Frankfurt and Munich

06/30/2020 - 07:09

One of the largest airlines in the world, Lufthansa, offered passengers at the airports of Frankfurt and Munich to undergo a coronavirus test before departure. The result will be available in three hours, and will be entered into the boarding pass.

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Lufthansa Airlines has launched coronavirus testing for its passengers at Frankfurt and Munich airports so that they can avoid quarantine upon arrival, the company’s website said. Testing is available for both international flights and domestic flights.

Since June 29, the German company Centogene has been testing at the Frankfurt airport. Its partnership with Lufthansa is expected to last until July 31, 2021, according to a press release on the Centogene website. A passenger can take a coronavirus test both the day before departure, and directly on the day of departure or arrival. The results will be combined with the ticket data.

According to the Financial Times, this is a paid sevice: a test, the results of which will be ready in two or three hours, will cost € 139; € 9 more will be charged for putting the test results on the ticket and thus confirm their accuracy. Tests, the result of which will be ready in six to eight hours, will be cheaper: € 59. According to senior director of product management company Björn Becker, test results at the airport will be enough to enter countries that require a coronavirus test — for example, the United Arab Emirates. But some states, like China, may still require a test after arrival, Becker said.