Staying in Germany during the pandemic

Information on the Corona Pandemic for International Students

COVID-19 has changed our daily life. This is why we want to provide all international students and doctoral researchers with additional support and information on topics such as entry requirements, coronavirus vaccinations as well as visa and residence permits.

Requirements to Enter Germany

The coronavirus pandemic is also affecting the rules on entering Germany. Depending on the country from which you wish to travel to Germany, certain rules and restrictions must be observed. Here is a list of useful websites with additional information.

Information about entry requirements

Please find information on Germany-wide entry requirements on the following website:

There is a general obligation to provide proof for persons entering the country. This means that persons aged 12 and over must have a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery at the time of entry. The general obligation to provide proof applies irrespective of the means of transport and irrespective of whether a previous stay in a high-risk or virus-variant area has taken place.There is a general obligation to provide proof for persons entering the country. This means that persons aged 12 and over must have a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery at the time of entry. The general obligation to provide proof applies irrespective of the means of transport and irrespective of whether a previous stay in a high-risk or virus-variant area has taken place.

Further information:

Individuals traveling from high-risk countries must always file a digital registration before entering Germany.

If you are unable to file your registration on entry digitally, please use this PDF form.

Quarantine is mandatory for persons entering the country coming from virus-variant areas and high-risk areas. High-risk areas: 10 days of quarantine which can be suspended after proof of vaccinatoin and convalescent status or after another negative test after 5 days. Quarantine for persons entering the country coming from virus variant areas: 14 days. During quarantine you are not allowed to leave your accommodation. Do not share items with other people (such as towels or dishes). You may not have visitors or let other people into your room. If you need assistance during the mandatory quarantine, please contact the Erasmus Student Network kontakt.esnbonn.ev@gmail.com or the International Office at: students@uni-bonn.de

Please refer to the City of Bonn website for information on testing for the coronavirus11 and a regularly updated list of testing centers12 (in German) offering certified rapid tests.

The University additionally maintains a coronavirus rapid testing center located on its premises. The Testzentrum Poppelsdorf offers citizen tests free of charge (incl. for students).


Information on Coronavirus Vaccinations

According to the Ordinance on Coronavirus Vaccinations, international students are eligible for vaccination as well if they are insured with a German statutory or private health insurer or if they are German residents. Those who have not yet been vaccinated today should be vaccinated immediately - to protect themselves and those who cannot be vaccinated, and not least to further increase their chances of studying in attendance.

The Federal City of Bonn offers mobile vaccination opportunitiesin Bonn's districts. Further details can be found on this city website. Furthermore, you can also get vaccinated in your general practitioner's and specialist's offices.

For questions on the coronavirus vaccination, please contact the Patient Service of the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung at +49 116117. For information in English, Turkish, Russian or Arabic, please call +49 800 0000837.

Everybody at our university should have a vaccination (© Universität Bonn/Lentfer Filmproduktion)

The Federal Government COVID-19 Warning App

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

Information on Visa and Residence Permit

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, German diplomatic missions abroad and the foreigners authorities are only accessible to a limited extent. You must expect a longer processing period for the formalities relating to your stay in Germany. Please inform yourself about the residence regulations as early as possible.

Information on visa and residence permits

Due to the current situation, many authorities and public institutions have limited availability. You should therefore expect processing of your visa application to take longer than usual. You will find information on current developments on the website of the relevant German embassy in your home country.

After arrival in Bonn and registration with the local authorities, non-EEA citizens can apply for a residence permit with the local immigration office.

Please keep in mind that processing of your application may take longer than usual due to the coronavirus pandemic. Provided that you file your application for a residence permit on time, your current residence documents remain valid until your application has been processed.

If your residence permit is set to expire, you should apply for an extension early on. You can apply informally by sending an email to your local immigration office (Ausländerbehörde) including personal details and attaching required documentation. Your local immigration office will then provide you with further information via email or post the documents to you. Please ensure that your mailbox shows your name clearly.

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