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, visa, residence permits as well as support services at the University of Bonn.

Information on Coronavirus Vaccinations

On June 7, 2021, Germany suspended prioritization for coronavirus vaccinations. This means that people of all ages and professions, regardless of their medical history, can make a vaccination appointment with their family doctor, a medical specialist or at a vaccination center.

According to the Ordinance on Coronavirus Vaccinations21, 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.

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)

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:

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.

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).

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.

If your current residence permit is expiring and you have applied for an extension on time, you may receive a so-called "Corona letter" from the immigration office informing you that your stay in Germany is secured until your application has been processed.

Please note that you cannot travel with expired residence documents (visa or residence permit). If you leave Germany with expired residence documents, you will need to apply for a preliminary permit to re-enter. You can apply for a preliminary permit with the immigration office via email.


Abstand / Distance


Händehygiene / Hand Hygiene


Alltagsmasken / Community Masks


Lüften / Ventilation

Support for International Students

Support during the pandemic

Student Aid Fund (Hifo) offers interest-free loans
The Student Support Fund offers interest-free loans of up to €2.500 to students of the University of Bonn struggling financially. Hifo funds are administered by the student parliament committee. To receive the relevant questionnaire and application form for starting the process, please send an email to the contact below. The chair of the committee will be pleased to help with questions on completing the application.

KfW student loans
Students who are experiencing financial difficulties due to the pandemic may apply for an interest-free interim loan of up to €500 per month. Eligible applicants are students who are enrolled at the University of Bonn and who are not on a student leave of absence at the time of application. There is no age limit. Find additional information here:

The German as a Foreign Language section offers a diverse range of German language courses to be completed during the semester. A majority of courses is offered online.

If you would rather set individual language learning goals and/or brush up existing German skills, you can use the interactive language learning software Rosetta Stone. This flexible self-study solution allows you to learn at your own pace. International students and doctoral students of the University of Bonn may use Rosetta Stone for free.

You can also make use of the language exchange (Tandem) through the Language Learning Center (SLZ) or the Sprachlerntandem organized by the General Students’ Committee (AStA). Also check out the Goethe Institute and Deutsche Welle.

Digital Offers at the International Office

To keep up support services during the pandemic, the International Office provides a majority of its services online. Please find the most important information on our digital support services below.

Overview of services

In the No Worries group organized by the General Students’ Committee (AStA) and the International Office, international students can meet up among peers to seek advice or talk about the challenges of student life in a casual setting.

This summer semester, International Club events continue to be conducted online. The program includes regular online get-togethers as well as game, quiz and country-themed evenings. If you have an idea for an event and would like to discuss it with us, please contact the team.

In the summer semester, the Sprachcafé International by the General Students’ Committee (AStA) Department for International Students continue to be offered online in cooperation with the International Club. We look forward to meeting you!

  • Mondays, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Location: Zoom (Link to follow in the club’s Facebook 14group)

Under the direction of Martin Kircharz, the International Choir of the University of Bonn will, for the time being, continue to conduct rehearsals via Zoom; rehearsals are Mondays at 8:00 pm. The International Choir also offers voice training online seminars.

In the summer semester, we are once more inviting international doctoral students to join our virtual PhD Café for conversation and networking on Fridays at 5:00 pm. Dates, times and information on further offers aimed at international doctoral students (e.g. new peer mentoring or Pro Buddy Program) are available on our website. You can register for the PhD Café via email at

Further information about Corona

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Information for Students

Here students can get information about the most important regulations for studying during the corona pandemic.

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Important Documents

All the important documents relevant to university operations during the pandemic are available here.

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