Current information about coronavirus measures at the Memorial
This page explains how the current regulations of the state of Lower Saxony for combatting the coronavirus pandemic are being implemented in the visitor facilities of the Memorial and the Learning Centre M.B. 89. (From: 4 April 2022)
Although access restrictions have been lifted, the Memorial requests that all visitors voluntarily take a Covid test before arriving. Visitors are still required to wear face masks indoors at the Memorial. It is the Memorial’s duty to create a safe space for all visitors, including those who must urgently avoid a Covid infection for health reasons, despite the availability of vaccines. The Memorial will naturally also enforce any hotspot regulations that are issued for the state or region. These rules particularly apply to the Documentation Centre with the information desk, permanent exhibition, bookshop, cafeteria, library and archive, as well to the administrative and seminar buildings.
Please follow these rules to reduce the risk of infection:
- Please use the hand sanitiser in the dispensers provided to disinfect your hands.
- Maintain the recommended distance of at least 1.5 metres from other visitors indoor and outdoor.
- Please do not visit the Memorial if you have any symptoms of a COVID-19 infection or other respiratory infection (cough, sore throat, loss of sense of smell or taste).
The situation may change at short notice, so please consult the information on this page, which we will update regularly. There are no restrictions on visiting the external grounds of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial, but please follow the recommended distancing guidelines even outdoors.
If you want to visit the Memorial with a group, please bear in mind that there could be a delay before you can enter the exhibition, and it might not be possible for everyone in your group to enter the exhibition at the same time if there are too many visitors inside. Please also follow social distancing rules, particularly when encountering other visitors. Please leave all bags and rucksacks in your car, as the cloakrooms are currently not available. It is not possible to reserve a visit for a large group, but we would appreciate it if you would let the Memorial know in advance that you are planning to visit with a large group.
The library and archive of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial are open to visitors who register in advance. We request that visitors voluntarily take a Covid test before arriving.
Information for groups registered for educational events
We are delighted to welcome you back to the Memorial. Please note the following information and advice for your visit:
- Now that access restrictions have been lifted, we request that all participants attending one of our educational events – including younger participants and those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from a Covid infection – voluntarily take a rapid Covid test at school or a self-test immediately before the event. Please take the test under the supervision of a teacher or chaperone before traveling to the Memorial.
- We will divide large groups into smaller groups of no more than 15 participants. Please prepare for this in advance of your visit and arrange for additional chaperones for younger participants if possible.
- We are continually adapting the processes and programmes for our educational events in accordance with the latest regulations and hygiene advice.
- Since 1 April 2022, educational events are once again taking place as originally booked and confirmed.
- Please observe the usual hygiene rules and social distancing measures during your entire visit.
- Face masks are still required while participating in our educational events and visiting the indoor spaces at the Memorial.
- Please avoid congregating in large groups and maintain a safe distance from other groups, including while waiting for an event to begin.
- Participants are requested to bring their own writing implements.
- Our lockers are not currently available. Please leave large bags in the bus if you are visiting the exhibition.
Basic information about visiting the Memorial, such as directions and opening hours, can be found on the linked pages. Updates on the current regulations for curbing the coronavirus pandemic are available on the websites of the state of Lower Saxony and the Celle district. [These external websites are only available in german.]