Safe in the Pandemic
Information for Students, Teachers, Staff and Guests

Up-to-Date Information and Regulations

The COVID-19 pandemic has set society serious challenges; the government has responded with the issue of a plethora of regulations. We have summarized the latest and most important information on these web pages to keep you up to date. The University of Bonn prioritizes the safety of its members and guests. Please take care of yourself and others!

Latest updates

The resolution by the University of Bonn Rectorate addresses additional matters concerning examinations, basing upon the University Ordinance on the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 Epidemic (Corona-Epidemie-Hochschulverordnung – CEHVO). The Rectorate resolution can be read here.

After the successful introduction of 2G status cards for students and staff at the University of Bonn Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, 2G status cards will be issued at the Infopunkt ("An der Schloßkirche") starting Tuesday, December 14 (weekdays from 09 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 pm. to 5 p.m.). Opting for a 2G status card is entirely voluntary! The location at the Wolfgang Paul Lecture Hall Building is closed.

If you would like to get your personalized 2G status card, please bring along the following:

  • Student ID or confirmation of employment (staff ID card, employer confirmation letter, business cards, etc.)
  • Official photo ID
  • Proof of full vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (at least 14 days have passed since the last required vaccination) or proof of recovery document (dated a minimum of 28 days and a maximum of six months ago).

After verification of data a picture of you will be taken. The 2G status card will show first and last name and an expiry date (if latter is different than March 31, 2022). The University will only store the number of the 2G status card and its expiry date. All other information, including your picture, will be deleted right after creation of the card.

With the current circular (intranet), the university informs about the current situation regarding courses, vaccination offers and masking obligation.

A virtual format should be chosen for events that do not have to be held on-site. If, exceptionally, these events are held on-site, the 3G rule applies. Public committee meetings (e.g. of the senate and the faculty councils) are to continue to be held on-site under compliance with the 3G rule. 

Events with a more social character (e.g., Christmas parties) should generally be avoided at present. If, after careful consideration, they are nevertheless held in the presence of others, the 2G rule applies. The rule also applies to participation in university sports, visits to museums and the botanical gardens, as well as concerts and performances.

According to new Corona protection regulations, the 3G rule applies in the workplace with immediate effect, that means all employees working on-site must either be vaccinated, recovered or tested. A negative test result with an antigen rapid test procedure must be no more than 24 hours old, a PCR test no more than 48 hours old.

Employees are not allowed to enter University buildings without a 3G proof and identification document!

The 3G status control is carried out as follows:

Individual work areas ensure independently that everyone on site complies with the 3G rule. The responsibility lies with the respective supervisors/executive directors. They can delegate the controls. Checks must be documented in accordance with data protection regulations (a sample table can be found here1). In principle, it is possible to record immunized persons once; only persons subject to testing must be checked daily.

Suitable proofs are vaccination documents and certificates (e.g. CovPass app) as well as test proofs in digital or paper form. The CovPassCheck app published by the Robert Koch Institute should be used to check digital vaccination certificates. We recommend the use of the 2G semester card. In this context, employee ID cards will lose their validity.

Employees of external companies are checked by their respective employers.

Training course dates (New: November 26)

Training materials in the form of a PowerPoint can be found on the intranet2. In addition, digital training courses will be held on

Monday, November 29, 3:00 p.m.

Zoom links on the Intranet3

Tuesday, November 30, 14:00

Zoom links on the Intranet4

Wednesday, December 01, 13:00

Zoom links on the Intranet

As of now, it is mandatory to wear face masks (FFP2 masks or medical masks) during all events, including lectures, as well as at the place of work. Lecturers and participants are allowed to remove their masks when giving a speech.

With the coming into effect of the ordinance on coronavirus testing, coronavirus testing for all citizens is now again free of charge as of Saturday, November 13.

University of Bonn staff can also take a test at the testing center on Poppelsdorf Campus. All information is available on the intranet.

The Corona Protection Ordinance of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia has changed. Wherever proof of "3G status" is mandatory (for example, in lectures, seminars, scheduled meetings, events, etc.), rapid and PCR tests are now only valid for 24 hours! Please take this into account in your planning.

The information for the winter semester on the page for teaching staff and the page for students  has been updated.

The University of Bonn provides its employees with two Corona self-tests per week. Last month, a large number of kits were already delivered to all university institutions. If more test kits are needed, you can informally reorder self-tests (please collected by faculty/institution). For this purpose, please contact the Occupational Health and Safety Service of the University of Bonn.

Further Information

Students wearing masks are sitting socially distanced in a lecture hall. A camera is visible in the background.
© Volker Lannert/ Universität Bonn

Information for Students

The following web pages summarize the most important information about the latest regulations affecting study and examinations.

A man is standing in a lecture hall in front of a whiteboard and is speaking.
© Volker Lannert/Universität Bonn

Information for Teaching Staff

The following pages provide members of the teaching staff at the University of Bonn with information about the regulations currently valid and applicable to their teaching.

A member of the administrative staff wearing a mask is advising a student from behind a plexiglass screen.
© Volker Lannert/ Universität Bonn

Information for employees

Working from home, childcare and quarantine - the following pages provides all the necessary information.

Hinweis auf Abstand
© Volker Lannert/ Universität Bonn

Information for Guests

We have provided a summary of the most important regulations to enable guests to find their way about.

Hinweisschild Maskenpflicht
© Volker Lannert/Universität Bonn

Important Documents

The dynamic nature of the pandemic situation means that regulations change regularly. The most important documents are presented here.

Overview of the applicable corona rules at the University of Bonn (December 8, 2021).

Staying in buildings of the University

Status: 3G
Measure: Generally, masks are compulsory

Courses incl. practical courses etc.

Status: 3G
Measure: Mask obligation also while seated. Please note reference 1.

Library use by members of the University

Status: 3G
Measure: Medical mask obligation

Use of the library by external persons

Status: 2G
Measure: Medical mask obligation

Visit of museums

Status: 2G
Measure: Mask obligation

Visit of university sports

Status: 2G
Measure: Mask obligation

At the workplace

Status: 3G
Measure: In principle, masks are compulsory.

Workplace 2

All persons present are demonstrably immunized
Status: 2G
Measure: Mask may be removed at the workplace
Note: There must also be a minimum distance of 1.5 meters or technical separation by Plexiglas panels must be installed

Workplace 3

Workplaces with public/visitor contact
Status: 3G
Measure: Mask obligation


Status: 3G
Measure: In principle, masks must be worn.
Please note reference 1.

Status: 2G
Measure: Mask may be removed
In addition, a minimum distance of 1.5 meters must be maintained.


Status: 3G
Measure: Mask obligation
All incl. driver wears medical mask or all except driver wear FFP2 mask.

Status: 2G
Measure: No mask needed
If all occupants are proven to be immunized, the mask may be waived if a distance of 1.5 meters is possible and maintained.

Official events

Status: 3G
Measure: Mask requirement
Note: If legally, substantively and organizationally possible: transfer to virtual.

Social events

Status: 2G
Measure: Mask requirement
If legally, content-wise and organizationally possible: Transfer to the virtual environment.

* Reference

Exceptions are possible if the individual risk assessment reveals risks from the mask that exceed its protective effect. For example, when handling certain hazardous substances or bio-substances. However, in these cases, basic measures must be in place, such as eightfold air exchange, spacing rules, Plexiglas panels, etc. If you are unsure about this, please contact the Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Protection staff unit..

A woman wearing a medical mask is looking pensively out of a window.
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What to do in case of a (suspected) infection?

If you feel unwell, have had recent contact with a person suffering from COVID-19 or have recently returned from an area of high risk, you may not enter University of Bonn premises.

Even if you are not aware that you have had contact with a person infected with COVID-19, you may have become infected unknowingly. This is because an infected person can transmit the corona virus days before the onset of illness or may not develop any signs of illness at all.

The Corona Warning app displays a red warning when there is a risk of infection due to the proximity and duration of an encounter with a person who has reported a positive test result through the app. In this case, you are entitled to a PCR test to obtain clarity about a possible infection. You should minimize personal contacts and contact a doctor, the medical on-call service (tel. 116117) or the responsible health office by telephone. The same applies if you feel ill during a visit to the university premises.

A summary of the most important information on what to do in case of a (suspected) COVID-19 infection is provided in Circular 71/202077 and its attachment88. If you think that you might have contracted COVID-19, you can notify your suspicion to the University's Occupational Safety Unit by email. Should you need medical advice outside the opening hours of medical practices, contact the non-emergency doctor on call (Kassenärtzlicher Bereitschaftsdienst) under 116117.

The Seven Golden Rules for On-Campus Behavior


Act responsibly.

Wear a mask in University indoor areas.


Keep yourself clean.

Disinfect your hands at the entrances to University buildings and wash them regularly and thoroughly with soap and water.


Recover fully.

Those exhibiting any symptoms of illness or who have had recent contact with the infected are not permitted to enter the University premises.


React quickly.

Always sneeze and cough into the inside of your elbow.


Keep your distance.

Always maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters from others to protect yourself and those around you.


Ventilate rooms often.

Fresh air reduces the aerosol concentration in a room.


Remain up-to-date.

Always keep abreast of the latest regulations.

Further information

Further information is available from the homepages of the City of Bonn, the state of NRW and the Robert Koch Institute.

Information from the City of Bonn

The homepage of the City of Bonn lists all the regulations issued in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic and valid in the city, including contact information for the health authorities and a citizen’s pandemic hotline.

Information from the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

What do those entering NRW need to do? How will the vaccination program unfold? Which quarantine regulations apply? The NRW web pages provide all the most important information and regulations.

Information from the Robert Koch Institute

Which areas are currently classed as high risk areas? What are the current case numbers? What do we know about the virus? Answers to these and other questions are provided on the homepage of the Robert Koch Institute.

The Federal Government COVID-19 Warning App

We recommend that students download and make use of the COVID-19 warning app provided by the German Federal Government to facilitate contact tracing. This enables you to find out whether you are at increased risk of developing an infection and at the same time, protect others.

Information from the Federal Centre for Health Education

The web pages of the Federal Centre for Health Education provide information about correct behavior in everyday situations and following infection.


Notifying Suspected Cases of Infection

If you think that you might have contracted COVID-19, you can notify your suspicion to the University's Occupational Safety Unit via email.

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