Homepage of the Welcome Service
We continue to provide support by e-mail and telephone. We also offer personal consultation and video consultation. We can also arrange for video appointments. Please book a consultation appointment by email or phone.
The general Coronavirus info page of the university can be found here.
You can find further information and practical advice in different languages here.
Online consultation hours at the Duisburg Immigration Office
The Duisburg Immigration Office will again offer online consultation hours every second Tuesday from 9 to 11.30 am starting 12 October 2021. If you would like to participate in the consultation hour, please send us an email to email@example.com and we will send you the link as soon as possible.
The next consultation hour dates: 26 Oct, 09 Nov, 23 Nov.
Coronavirus FAQs for International Researchers
We have compiled a series of FAQs for you on the current situation (as of 19 October 2021).
I was vaccinated against the coronavirus in my home country with a vaccine that is not recognised in Germany. What can I do?
If you were vaccinated with a vaccine other than those listed by the Paul Ehrlich Institute, you are currently considered unvaccinated. You can therefore only gain access to places and events that are only open to those who have been vaccinated, recovered and tested if you have been tested in advance.
Please discuss with a doctor whether you can get subsequently vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved in Germany.
A list of doctors who offer vaccinations against the coronavirus can be found here.
Which entry restrictions apply when entering Germany?
Please see here for detailed information.
For entry as a guest researcher, I have to prove the necessity of my research activity. How can I do that?
A certificate stating that your research activity can only be carried out in Germany and cannot be postponed will be issued by your host institute. We will be happy to provide a template for this purpose; please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, the university is not in a position to judge whether there is a compelling reason for entry. The assessment is made by the Federal Police upon entry. It is therefore possible that the Federal Police will refuse entry even though the UDE has issued a confirmation and the person entering the country will have to return at his or her own expense.
What regulations currently apply in daily life in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)?
Detailed information can be found here.
I am an international researcher at the University of Duisburg-Essen but would like to return home. What can I do?
Germany allows international travel again since 2 July 2020. Please consider possible entry restrictions of your home country, though. Additionally, please consider that the situation may change at any moment and a re-entry to Germany cannot be guaranteed.
Please look for information about current developments, e.g. at
Please contact us if you have questions relating to your individual situation.
I had contact to someone who was tested positive for Coronavirus or have symptoms myself. What should I do?
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 (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Nordrhein).
One of your contacts tested positive for COVID-19? In these cases, please inform your local health authority (Gesundheitsamt).
Where can I get tested for Coronavirus?
Test facilities for the city of Essen are listed here.
For Duisburg, please see here.
Information for Mülheim can be found here.
I want to get the vaccination against Coronavirus. When will be my turn and where will it take place?
Since 7 June, the priorisation for the Coronavirus vaccine has been lifted in NRW so that everyone is allowed to get vaccinated. Moreover, there is no longer a shortage of the vaccine.
If you would like to be vaccinated at a doctor’s office, you can contact a general practitioner or specialist of your choice and make an appointment.
A list of doctors who provide vaccination even for people who are not their patients can be found here.
Also, there will be vaccination campaigns in different neighbourhoods or even on campus/near the campuses:
- 21 October, 10 - 17 h: Essen-Mitte, AOK-Haus, Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 49 (Second vaccinations with Moderna are possible on this date.)
- 22 October, 8 - 14 h: Nordviertel, Turnhalle am Integrativen Familienzentrum, Helen-Keller-Straße 10
- 23 October, 10 - 15 h: Frohnhausen, Zukunft Bildungswerk, Berliner Straße 114
- 25 October, 12 - 17 h: Ostviertel, SOS-Kinderdorfzentrum, Hammacherstraße 33
- 26 October, 12 - 17 h: Altenessen-Süd, Westerdorfplatz, Herz-Jesu-Gemeinde, Bäuminghausstraße 64-66
- 26 October, 12 - 16 h: Bochold, Interkulturelles Zentrum Kreuzer, Friedrich-Lange-Straße 3
- 27 October, 10 - 16 h: Bedingrade, Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Lutherhaus, Bandstraße 35
- 28 October, 10 - 16 h: Südostviertel, Storp9, Storpstraße 9
- 29 October, 12 - 17 h: Frohnhausen, Mehrgenerationenhaus Frohnhausen, Kerkhoffstraße 22b
- 29 October, 10 - 15 h: Katernberg, Bürgerzentrum Kon-Takt, Katernberger Markt 4
- 30 October, 11 - 15 h: Innenstadt ("Shoppen und Impfen"), Marktkirche, Markt 2
- 30 October, 12 - 18 h: Altenessen-Nord, Allee-Center Essen, Altenessener Straße 41
More info on vaccination campaigns in Essen can be found here.
You can vaccinated for free and without appointment at the place in front of main station. Opening hours Mon-Sat 12-18:00h.
The city of Duisburg offers free vaccinations without appointment in a special bus. Opening hours Mon-Sat 12-18:00h.
The bus operates from the following places:
Mondays: Bezirksamt Süd, Sittardsberger Allee 14, 47249 Duisburg
Tuesdays: August-Bebel-Platz, 47169 Duisburg
Wednesdays: Marktplatz Aldenrade, Kometenplatz, 47179 Duisburg
Thursdays: Marktplatz Hochemmerich, Atroper Straße, 47226 Duisburg
Fridays: Bürgermeister-Wendel-Platz, 47198 Duisburg
Saturdays: Marktplatz Meiderich, Von-der-Mark-Straße, 47137 Duisburg
Special vaccination opportunities:
19 Oct 2021: parking lot of Helios St. Anna, 47259 Duisburg, 12-18 h
20.10.2021: Ikea parking lot, 47166 Duisburg, 12-18 h
More info on vaccination campaigns in Duisburg can be found here.
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