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!

The last updates

Following the first amendment to the Coronavirus Vaccination Ordinance dating April 30, university staff are now among the occupational groups for which the German government has agreed prioritized vaccination entitlement (priority group 3 out of 3). However, individual states are in charge of prioritizing within this group:

Currently the first amendment to the Coronavirus Vaccination Ordinance does not have immediate impact on university staff living in North Rhine-Westphalia. We will notify you via distribution of a circular and the coronavirus-related sections of the University website as soon as the state of North Rhine-Westphalia confirms registrations are possible. To prepare for all eventualities, and without requests to do so being necessary, the University will send an informal employer’s confirmation to your home address in the coming days. However, whether vaccination centers and general practitioners accept this confirmation is still to be confirmed. Please note that as a holder of the confirmation you are therefore not automatically entitled to get vaccinated immediately!

In the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, however, priority group 3 has been able to register for vaccinations since April 23, 2021. According to § 4 para. 1 nr. 4b CoronaImpfV, University of Bonn staff also belong to this group, including all technical and administrative staff and other staff members.

Any staff living in Rhineland-Palatinate who wish to make use of this offer must, according to § 6 para. 4 nr. 2 CoronaImpfV, present a relevant form. Please complete the document, available at the following link2 and send it to the responsible contact at Human Resources for signing and stamping. You will need to bring the document along to your vaccination appointment.

To overcome this pandemic, it is essential that each member of society shows solidarity and fully cooperates. As time slots for vaccinations are not allocated through the University, staff may attend vaccination appointments during working hours. The period of absence, however, does not count as time spent working. Please inform your line manager of your absence accordingly.

As of Thursday, April 29, 2021, there are two coronavirus rapid testing centers located on University premises. In cooperation with an external service provider, testing stations have been set up in the main building and in Poppelsdorf offering citizen tests to the general public and to students as well as tests for employees.

City Campus:
“Blaue Grotte”, main building: Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Poppelsdorf Campus:
CP1, Friedrich-Hirzebruch-Allee 5: Monday to Friday: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The detailed regulations can be found in Circular 41/20215

Circular 35/2021 informs employees how to obtain the self-tests provided by the state of NRW. Furthermore, there are new regulations for ordering medical masks. All information can also be found on the subpage for employees.

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Information for Students

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

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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.
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Information for employees

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

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Information for Guests

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

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Important Documents

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

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.

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What to do if you are feeling unwell

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. If you start to feel unwell when on a University site, please leave the premises immediately and seek medical advice. A summary of the most important information on what to do in case of a (suspected) COVID-19 infection is provided in Circular 71/2020 and its attachment. 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.

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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