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For students arriving from abroad: Entry and quarantine regulations

Please check below the entry and quarantine regulations for students and guest lecturers arriving from abroad!

A list of countries affected by the quarantine regulations can be found here.

All countries are currently classified in non-risk, high-incidence areas and areas of virus variants of concern.

All travellers entering Germany, irrespective of whether or not they spent time in a high-risk area or area of variants of concern, are obligated upon entry to present:

  • a confirmation about test for COVID-19 with the negative result, that was carried out within 48 hours (for antigen tests) or 72 hours (for PCR tests). When entering from areas of variants of concern, this time frame is reduced to 24 hours with antigen test OR
  • proof of vaccination or recovery.

The confirmation must be as a rule submitted to the carrier, e.g. the airline.

If you have spent time in one of these countries (high incidence area or area of variants of concern) within the 10 days prior to entering Germany, you must note following:

  • you must complete the Digital Registration on Entry via the Federal Republic's travel portal before your arrival. Your travel and contact details will be passed on to the local public health authority at the place where you'll be staying so you can be contacted there. 
  • If you come from a country which is classified as a high-incidence area, you must generally stay in quarantine for ten days. You can curtail your quarantine by submitting proof of vaccination or recovery (via the Federal Republic's travel portal). If proof of vaccination or recovery is already submitted before entry, no quarantine is necessary. Home quarantine can be also ended early by presenting a negative test certificate via the  Federal Republic's travel portal. The test may not be conducted earlier than five days after entry.
  • Following a stay in an area of virus variants of concern, the duration of quarantine can not be shortened and should last for 14 days. Your carrier (for example airline) can require from you an up-to-date PCR test if you spent time in an area of variants of concern. After your arrival, further PCR testing may be ordered by the health authorities at the airport or at the place of isolation/quarantine.
  • If the symptoms occur despite a negative result, the responsible local public health authority (Gesundheitsamt) must be notified and another test must be carried out.

Guidelines for home quarantine:

  • Do not leave the place, where you self-isolate. Stay in a separate room.
  • Limit contact with other people – no visits are allowed during this period.
  • Household or family members should stay in another room or maintain a distance of at least one to two meters.
  • Minimize the usage of shared rooms such as bathroom and kitchen. These rooms should be cleaned and aired regularly.
  • Ask family members, acquaintances or friends for help with shopping or arrange for grocery delivery. You can find a list of online grocery providers in Bochum here
  • Follow the instructions of the local public health authority.

For further questions, please please contact

Last revised: 26.02.2022