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Coronavirus Information

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 offers online consultation hours every Tuesday from 9.00 to 11.00 am. If you would like to participate in the consultation hour, please send us an email to and we will send you the link as soon as possible.

Coronavirus FAQs for International Researchers

We have compiled a series of FAQs for you on the current situation (as of 4 Jan 2022).

I was vaccinated against 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

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 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.

Where and when can I get vaccinated against Coronavirus?

You can get vaccinated against the coronavirus either in a doctor's office or in the vaccination centres or at the vaccination campaigns of the municipalities.

Vaccination at a doctor's office

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.

Municipal vaccination opprotunities

Information on vaccination centres and vaccination campaigns by the municipalities can be found here:

If you have any further questions, please contact us at

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