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Coronavirus Information

Due to the current situation, we would like to inform you that the Welcome Service doesn't offer personal consultation hours at the moment. We will continue to provide support by e-mail and telephone. We can also arrange for video appointments.

The general Coronavirus info page of the university can be found here.
You can find further information and practical advice in different languages here.

New online consultation for the Duisburg Immigration Office

  • ATTENTION: The consultation hours don't take place at the moment! Once they are offered again, we will annouce the dates here.
  • The Immigration Office in Duisburg is now offering open consultation hours for international students and researchers again, now in digital form. The consultation hours are currently held every two weeks on Tuesdays from 9 am to 12 pm.
  • You can visit them without prior registration. Contact us at if you would like to attend the consultation hour. We will then send you the link to the consultation hour as soon as possible.

Coronavirus FAQs for International Researchers

We have compiled a series of FAQs for you on the current situation (as of 16 September 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

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 at a vaccination center or at a doctor’s office. 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. Vaccination at vaccination centers in Duisburg and Essen can be done without making an appointment in advance. Info on opening hours and location of the vaccination centers can be found here:

  • Essen (ATTENTION: vaccination in the vaccination center Essen will only be possible until 26 September!)
  • Duisburg (ATTENTION: vaccination in the vaccination center Duisburg will only be possible until 30 September!)

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:


  • 16  September, AOK office, Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 29, 45127 Essen, 10 am to 5 pm
  • 17 September, Frohnhausen, ESC Wohnbau Moskitos Essen, Eissporthalle Essen-West, Curtiusstr. 2, 4.30 pm to 8 pm
  • 18 September, University of Duisburg-Essen, Building S06, 10 am to 5 pm
  • 18 September, city center, Marktkirche, Markt 2, 1.30 pm to 6 pm
  • 18 September, Überruhr, GEWOBAU, Nockwinkel 26, 4 pm to 6 pm
  • 19 September, Nordviertel, Das Islamische Zentrum Essen Alfaruq, Bersonstr. 11-13, 10 am to 4 pm
  • 20 September, Huttrop, Nachbarschaftstreff Schulzzwanzig (GEWOBAU), Schulzstraße 20, 4 pm bis 6 pm
  • 21 September, Stoppenberg, Allbau-Treffpunkt (Allbau), Nothofsbusch 9, 4 pm to 6 pm
  • 22 September, Frintrop, Kath. Pfarrheim, Schlenterstraße 18, 12 noon to 5 pm
  • 23 September, AOK office, Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 29, 45127 Essen, 10 am to 5 pm
  • 24 September, Kray, St. Barbara church, Krayer Straße 228, 12 noon to 5 pm
  • 25 September, Altenessen-Süd, Höltesiedlung (Vivawest), Mietertreffpunkt, Höltestraße 8, 4 pm to 6 pm
  • 26 September, Katernberg, Fatih mosque Essen, Schalker Straße 23, 12 noon to 4 pm
  • 30 September, AOK office, Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 29, 45127 Essen, 10 am to 5 pm

More info on vaccination campaigns in Essen can be found here.


16 September

  • Campus Duisburg (LK, rooms 061 to 063), Lotharstraße 65, 1 pm to 7 pm
  • square (Portsmouthplatz) in front of the central station, 8 am to 8 pm
  • weekly market „Spätschicht“, Königstraße, Stadtmitte, 4 pm to 10 pm
  • TV Rumeln, Am Sportplatz 15, 5.30 pm to 8 pm
  • MC Donalds, Asterlager Straße 59, Rheinhausen, 4 pm to 10 pm
  • DSV 1900, Düsseldorfer Straße 590, Wanheimerort, 3 pm to 9 pm
  • MSV Duisburg, Schauinslandreisen-Arena, Margaretenstraße 5-7, Wanheimerort/Wedau, 10 am to 3 pm

17 September

  • square (Portsmouthplatz) in front of the central station, 8 am to 8 pm
  • Ditib Merkez mosque, Warbruckstraße 51, Hamborn, 2 pm to 5 pm
  • SC Genc Osman, Oberhauser Allee 14,  Neumühl, 3 pm to 10 pm
  • EDEKA, Schulstraße 4, Baerl, 2 pm to 8 pm
  • OSC Rheinhausen, Gartenstraße 9, 3 pm to 8 pm

More info on vaccination campaigns in Duisburg can be found here.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at

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