Latest Information on Coronavirus Regulations

Travelling to Germany

Before travelling to Germany, please inform the authorities about your plan to enter the country here: Einreiseanmeldung Your registration will be confirmed. Please make sure you have the confirmation document with you when entering the country. You can only enter the country if you are vaccinated against, have recovered from, or tested negative for SARS-CoV-2. For further details, please check Important Information.

Please check beforehand whether you will enter Germany from a designated area of variant of concern or a high incidence area. The relevant information can be found on the following website: Robert-Koch-Institut

 Important information

When informing the authorities about your travel plans, you need to add information on whether you are vaccinated against, have recovered from, and/or whether you have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2. You need to have proof for the provided information in one of the following languages: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish

  • Proof of vaccination: Only vaccines listed here and in the listed dose are accepted. You must have been vaccinated for at least 14 days.
  • Proof of recovery: Proof needs to be based on a PCR test which must have been conducted between 28 days and 90 days ago.
  • Negative test result: The antigen test or PCR test must have been conducted by professionals (no self-applied rapid tests!). The test result may not be older than 48 hours.

For further information, please visit the website of the Federal Foreign Office or the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Travellers from areas of variants of concern

International students and researchers from areas of variants of concern can enter the country only on the following conditions:

  • Students and PhD students need a letter of admission, researchers need a hosting agreement or a contract of the same tenor providing details on the research project.
  • valid visa
  • vaccination with one of the vaccines listed here or proof of recovery
  • negative test result (test conducted up to 48 hours ago, no self-applied rapid tests!)

When informing the authorities about you travel plans on Einreiseanmeldung, please upload the respective documents of proof.

After arrival, travellers from areas of variants of concern need to go into a 14-day-quarantine. During this period, you may not leave your appartment and may not receive any visitors from households other than your own. It is not allowed to leave quarantine before the end of this period.

Travellers from high incidence areas

You need to present proof that you are vaccinated, have recovered, or that you have tested negative. The respective document has to be presented before leaving your country no matter which means of transport you want to use.

Individuals who have been vaccinated or have recovered and who provided proof for that when informing the authorities about their travel plans do not need to quarantine.

Others need to go into a 10-day-quarantine. During this period, you may not leave your appartment and may not receive any visitors from households other than your own. You may leave quarantine earlier if you test negative on the fifth day of quarantine or later.

 

If you develop symptoms after your arrival, please follow the steps described here.

For further information, please visit the following websites:

General regulations in Germany

If you want, please download and activate the Coronavirus warning app. For more information, visit Information on the Coronavirus warning App. These are the current regulations in Germany.

 Hygiene

  • Keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other people.
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly for at least 20–30 seconds.
  • When coughing or sneezing, hold the crook of your arm in front of your mouth and nose.

 Medical masks

In somec settings, you need to wear a medical mask, e.g. on public transport and in medical contexts.

Regulations on state level

Currently, there are additional statutory regulations in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (as of 29/04/2022). Please note: the regulations mentioned below are only the most relevant ones.

 Medical masks

On public transport, at the doctor’s, and in hospitals, you need to wear a medical mask. Medical masks are surgical masks and FFP2 or KN95/N95 masks.

Inside UDE buildings, the obligation to wear at least a medical mask continues to apply. Cinemas, theatres, etc. can still demand from their visitors to wear a mask.

 Public life

In NRW, shops, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, etc. can still continue to apply the 3G rule, the 2G rule, or the 2G plus rule. In hospitals and care facilities, there still is an obligation to get tested.

3G = Only vaccinated (geimpft), recovered (genesen), or tested (getestet) individuals can access 3G events/services and have to present proof for their 3G status.

2G = Vaccinated and recovered individuals can access these services and need to prove their 2G status. Others are excluded from these activies.

2G plus = Vaccinated or recovered individuals need to prove their status and additionaly need to present a recent test result.

For further details, please visit the following websites of the NRW Ministry of Health: FAQ

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have symptoms such as a high temperature, a cough, or a loss of your sense of smell or taste, please stay in your apartment and avoid contact with others. Besides, please call a general physician or the Corona helpline of the city where you live. If you cannot get hold of them, please call KVNO.

One of your contacts tested positive for COVID-19? In these cases, please inform your local health authority (Gesundheitsamt).

Regulations on campus

 

Are my courses happening online?

How do I write my exams?

Which regulations apply to our campuses?

Click on the link below to find the answers.

 

Current Regulations at UDE

Tests

Please check these links for information on how to get tested in

 

The so-called Bürgertests (rapid tests) are free of charge.

Vaccinations

Please check these links for information on how to get vaccinated in

You can also get an appointment at your doctor's office (general practitioners or specialists).

Attention: Everyone who is insured by a statutory or private health insurance provider in Germany has a right to be vaccinated. The same holds true for everyone who permanently resides or has their habitual residence in Germany.

Contact

Essen

Corona helpline: +49 201 88 88999

Local Health Authority: +49 201 123 8888

aerztlicher-dienst@gesundheitsamt.essen.de

Duisburg

Corona helpline: +49 203 94 0049

Local Health Authority: +49 203 940049

gesundheitsamt@stadt-duisburg.de

Other

Non emergency medical line (KVNO): 116 117

Any questions? Please contact

Ms Lisa Woytowicz