Germany: Munster Osnabruck airport offers free COVID tests for passengers from risk regions

Munster Osnabruck International Airport in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia has set up a coronavirus test centre at one its terminals and is now offering free coronavirus testing to all passengers who can present a same-day boarding pass, arriving from regions considered at risk amid the coronavirus pandemic. Passengers arriving on the Corendon Airlines flight from the Turkish city of Kayseri on Tuesday morning were seen lining up for COVID-19 test at a new testing facility right inside the baggage hall. «There are 88 passengers and more than half of the passengers have undergone voluntary COVID-19 testing. The test centre has received positive feedback so far, everything functions properly,» said Muenster Osnabruck International Airport spokesperson Detlef Dobberthin. The testing is coordinated by the association of health insurance for all travellers who return from higher risk zones abroad. «Those arriving from risk regions have to undergo a 14-day quarantine and register by the local health department. In case the test comes negative, the quarantine can be lifted,» said Dominica Schroth, a consultant doctor and coordinator of the corona test centre. She added, «If the test is positive, then a local health authority contacts a passenger for further actions.» The results are expected to be available within three days and the participants of the airport health check can find them online. «The testing is free for passengers coming from holidays. First, you can save some money and secondly, be sure that you are virus-free,» Hayat Ozelmas, a passenger said. The airports in Dusseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Frankfurt am Main, Dortmund and Munich have already set up similar facilities with voluntary tests over the weekend. More than 160 aircraft with around 15,000 people from risk areas are expected to land in North Rhine-Westphalia's airports within a week.

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