Latest Information on Coronavirus Regulations
Travelling to Germany
Please check beforehand whether you will enter Germany from a designated area of variant of concern, a high incidence area, or a risk area. The relevant information can be found on the following website: Robert-Koch-Institut
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.
When informing the authorities about your travel plans, you can 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. Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 only need to prove that they have been vaccinated once (one dose).
- Proof of recovery: Proof needs to be based on a PCR test which must have been conducted between 28 days and six months ago.
- Negative test result: The test must have been conducted by professionals (no self-applied rapid tests!). The test result may not be older than 48 hours, in the case of PCR tests 72 hours.
Travellers From Areas of Variants of Concern
Travellers from areas of variants of concern (https://www.rki.de/covid-19-risikogebiete) where certain variants have spread widely, cannot enter the country due to a ban on transportation and entry into Germany according to the Coronavirus Entry Regulations. These regulations also apply to fully vaccinated individuals. There a few exceptions which for example apply to legal residents of Germany (Federal Ministry of the Interior: Information for Travellers).
Therefore, there currently is no guarantee that students and researchers from areas of variants of concern will be able to study and work on campus in the upcoming winter term 2021/2022. Please bear in mind that it is also impossible to enter Germany despite having received an acceptance letter. Since entering Germany is not permitted, visas cannot be issued, as long as a country is classified as an area of variant of concern.
Please keep yourself updated on the status of your country of origin.
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.
Travellers From Risk Areas
Everybody entering the country by plane needs to present proof that they are vaccinated, have recovered, and/or need to present a negative test result. The respective document has to be presented before leaving your country.
Generally, you need to present proof that you have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 by no later than 48 hours after your arrival (if for example you have entered the country using a different mode of transport). For further information on tests, please see below.
ATTENTION: Please not that starting in August 2021, all travellers will probably need to provide a negative test result —no matter from which country or on which mode of transport they enter Germany.
There is an obligatory 10-day-quaratine. During this period, you may not leave your appartment and may not receive any visitors from households other than your own. The following groups do not need to quarantine:
- Recovered or vaccinated individuals who provided proof for that when informing the authorities about their travel plans
- Individuals who have presented a negative test result (i. e. when informing the authorities)
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 (as of 29/07/2021):
- 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 and Fabric Masks
In most public settings, you need to wear a face covering (a fabric mask) or even a medical mask, e.g. on public transport, in shops, and in all public buildings.
- Avoid close contact with others. Unnecessary private visits, private travels, day trips, and parties are to be cancelled.
- If you need to meet somebody, please do so outside and not indoors.
- If you need to meet inside, keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters and air the room by opening the window.
Regulations on State Level
Currently, there are several additional statutory regulations in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (as of 29/07/2021). If you violate these regulations, you need to pay a fine between EUR 50 and EUR 10 000. Please note: the regulations mentioned below are only the most relevant ones.
Generally, avoid close contact with others. Depending on the incidence rate, in public, the following regulations apply:
- Level 3—incidence rate between 100 and 50.1: Groups consisting of people from up to two different households are allowed to meet. Fully vaccinated individuals are not included.
- Level 2—incidence rate between 50 and 35.1: Groups consisting of people from up to three different households are allowed to meet. Fully vaccinated individuals are not included. When providing a negative test result, up to ten people from different housholds are allowed to meet.
- Level 1—incidence rate between 35 and 10.1: Groups consisting of people from up to five different households can meet in public. When providing a negative test result, meetings of up to 100 people from different households are allowed.
- Level 0—incidence rate between 10 and 0: No social distancing
Medical and Fabric Masks
In shops, on markets, in all public buildings, 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. On car parks, and in front of shops and shopping malls you need to wear at least a fabric mask. If the incidence rate is below 35, you mostly do not need to wear mask outdoors.
Public institutions, such as hospitals, universities, religious communities, restaurants, museums, zoos, etc., currently need to implement additional regulations. Please respect these regulations and follow the instructions of the staff. In most cases, you will need to provide your personal contact information. Should you provide false information, you will need to pay a fine of EUR 250.
Depending on the incidence rate, the following regulations apply (overview in German): https://www.mags.nrw/coronavirus-regeln-nrw
Generally, more public institutions, sports and cultural facilities, restaurants etc. can reopen. In many cases, you need to provide a current negative test result (no self-applied rapid tests) to access them. You will still need to wear a mask and leave your personal data. Before going to a shop, a museum, a zoo etc., please check their websites to make sure you do everything they ask for. Sometimes, you will need to schedule an appointment in advance.
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).
People who want to get vaccinated can simply go to the vaccination centre at their place of residence without scheduling an appointment. You can also get an appointment at your doctor's offfice (general practitioners or specialists). Besides, there are further online platforms where doctors publish free appointments.
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.
Corona helpline: +49 201 88 88999
Local Health Authority: +49 201 123 8888
Corona helpline: +49 203 94 0049
Local Health Authority: +49 203 940049