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

Up-to-Date Information and Regulations

As of April 3, 2022, the previous Corona Protection Ordinance has lost its validity. As a result, a large part of the previous Corona regulations will cease to apply in North Rhine-Westphalia. Nevertheless, the University of Bonn continues to take precautions to ensure infection protection for its members and visitors.

Like other universities in North Rhine-Westphalia and throughout Germany, the University of Bonn will return to in-person teaching for the upcoming summer semester. Under the current plan, the main focus will once again be on event formats organized on site. However, hybrid or online teaching may also be offered in the areas where this is possible.

Where people meet, there is still a risk of infection. Therefore, in the spirit of prevention, the Rectorate advises continuing to limit face-to-face contact and taking the familiar previous hygiene measures when in attendance. In particular, FFP2 or medical masks should continue to be worn when moving around the room, in hallways, etc. An overview of the regulations applicable at the University of Bonn as of April 3 can be found below.

Overview for the Summer Semester 2022

Amendments to the Ordinance on Coronavirus Testing and Quarantine for North Rhine-Westphalia (CoronaTestQuarantäneVO) affect how coronavirus cases are handled and who may need to self-isolate. The following changes are also relevant to the University:

  • Whereas infected people who were self-isolating used to have to wait until day 7 before they could end their isolation with a negative test (“test-to-release”), this can now be done as soon as day 5 at the earliest. They are still required to retain proof of the test result that took them out of self-isolation early for at least a month and present it to the competent authority on request.
  • An official test (community testing or PCR test) is still required for test-to-release purposes in North Rhine-Westphalia, meaning that a self-test will not be sufficient.
  • Self-isolation will continue to end automatically after ten days if the test-to-release option is not made use of.
  • Contacts who are not themselves infected are now not required to isolate as a general principle. Instead, the advice issued by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) to reduce contacts is being adopted. If they develop symptoms within ten days of coming into contact with the person who has tested positive, they are obligated to get tested as soon as possible.
  • People who test positive are still required without delay to notify everyone that they can think of who had close personal contact with them in the two days before they took their test and while waiting for their test result. In line with the RKI’s recommendations, these will be those individuals who spent more than 10 minutes less than 1.5 meters apart from an infected person, where one or neither person was wearing a mask, or those who shared an unventilated or poorly ventilated space with an infected person for a prolonged period of time.
  • You are also strongly advised to report positive test results using the Corona-Warn-App.

There is no longer a 3G obligation to enter the premises. As of April 3, the checks will therefore be discontinued. Also, 3G status is no longer a requirement for attending courses.

Many studies show that the risk of infection is significantly reduced by wearing FFP2 or medical masks, especially indoors. Even though the current legal regulations no longer require the wearing of FFP2 or medical masks, for example, for participation in teaching events, it is still strongly recommended - for one's own protection and for the protection of others. It should therefore be a matter of course.

Corona regulations may be tightened by the state government if the City of Bonn or the State of North Rhine-Westphalia become a corona hotspot and a new corona protection ordinance is issued.

The University has developed a General Hygiene and Protection Concept to protect against Corona infections. This concept applies to all office workplaces, libraries, museums and collections, the Botanical Gardens, University sports, and events of all kinds (including lectures, lab courses, excursions, receptions, honors, readings, performances, concerts, and informational events) held at the University.

The University of Bonn continues to call on all University members to make use of the opportunity to be vaccinated. This explicitly includes booster vaccinations at the respective times recommended by the STIKO. Information on the municipal vaccination offices can be found on the website of the City of Bonn. A list of vaccinating medical practices (in Bonn and other cities) can be found in the Impfregister Nordrhein.

These rules have proven to be effective and should continue to be implemented:

If possible, keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other persons; in order to theoretically be able to keep a distance from another person at all times, a space requirement of 3.5 m² / person is recommended as a guideline.

Follow hygiene rules for proper coughing and sneezing and for thorough hand washing.

In everyday life, wear at least a medical mask, preferably an FFP2 mask, when moving around the room, in corridors, etc. It is strongly recommended that FFP2 or medical masks continue to be worn during teaching, performances, or similar events. Even if it is possible to dispense with wearing a mask at the workplace if a distance of at least 1.5 meters can be safely maintained or if there is a separation by a plexiglass screen, it is still strongly recommended that a mask be worn in this situation.

In closed rooms that do not have technical ventilation, ventilate for a few minutes at regular intervals.

Also use the Corona warning app.

Further Information

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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.

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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.

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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 a high-risk region, we would advise you not to enter any University of Bonn premises. Symptoms may include coughing, fever, runny nose, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, headaches, arm or leg pains, shortage of breath or general feeling of weakness..

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.

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 (FFP2- or medical) 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 should not 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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