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Current Information for International Students in the Context of the Corona Pandemic

Here you will find MLU's answers to the currently most frequently asked questions concerning the stay for international students.

Lockdown rules and measures (29.03. – 18.04.2021)

The state government of Saxony-Anhalt issued the elevenst Containment Edict on March 25, 2021.

Ordinances of the City of Halle (Saale)

Since the City of Halle has exceeded the critical threshold of 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants for several days, the rules listed here apply in Halle - above and beyond the containment ordinance of the state of saxony-Anhalt:

Night curfew

Due to the constantly high incidence rate, the city of Halle has implemented a night curfew.

This rule has been in effect since April 3rd 2021 until further notice.

Every day, from 9pm to 5am the next day, every citizen has to remain in their apartment unless they can provide a valid reason for being outside.

The following FAQ-PDF provides explanations to concerns such as exceptions from the curfew.

Explanations to the night curfew from April 3rd 2021
FAQs_Ausgangsbeschraenkung.pdf (125.3 KB)  vom 06.04.2021

Rules of conduct in public spaces:

  • Mask obligation in the city center and as soon as the distance of 1.5m can not be maintained.
  • Passengers in local and long-distance public transport, i.e. on buses, trains, trams, taxis, etc., as well as customers and visitors in shops must wear a medical mouth/nose protection.
  • A medical mouth/nose protection is a multi-layer disposable mask (e.g., a medical face mask conforming to European Standard EN 14683:2019-10 or equivalent; commonly referred to as a surgical mask, disposable mask, or single-use protective mask) or a particle-filtering half mask (e.g., FFP2 or FFP3 mask). More information on this can be found here   .
  • Staying in the public space is allowed exclusively alone, in the circle of the members of one's own household and with a maximum of one person not living in the household.
  • Drinking and serving alcoholic beverages is prohibited. Fines may be imposed!

Rules of conduct in the private sphere:

  • The following contact restrictions apply: Private gatherings and celebrations with friends, relatives and acquaintances are permitted exclusively within the circle of members of one's own household and with a maximum of one other person not living in the household.

Retail is partially open

"Appointment shopping" is possible in the retail sector. Customers can book appointments in stores by phone or on the Internet. One customer is allowed per 40 square meters of sales area.

Personal care services have reopened under hygiene measures

Behaviour in case of Corona symptoms

When corona symptoms appear, it is important to behave accordingly in order to protect other people from infection. For example, you must immediately isolate yourself at home and call the responsible Health Office. For advice on what to do when Corona symptoms occur, please see the leaflet „Corona Symptoms“ published by the Robert Koch Institute.

Leaflet "Corona Symptoms"

Leaflet Corona Symptoms.pdf (155.7 KB)  vom 17.12.2020

Self-isolation rules of conduct

If you need to go into self-isolation please take note of the following points:

  • Follow the Health Department's instructions at all times!
  • Do not leave your home. If you live in a shared flat, please isolate yourself in your own room. Use your own bathroom if possible. Check with your flat mates when and how common areas can be used.
  • If you have Covid symptoms, please report to the Health Department immediately!
  • If you need assistance with food or medicine, you can take advantage of the assistance offered by the Freiwilligen-Agentur ('Volunteer Agency'). All you have to do is fill this online form   . If the Volunteer Agency is unable to help you, you can contact the following emergency number (in emergency cases only!) in the period 21.12.2020 - 10.01.2021 (except: 24.12. - 27.12.; 31.12. - 01.01.) from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.: +49151 16163494

Further tips, recommendations and information about self-isolation can be found in the leaflet of the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid.
Merkblatt-Infektionsschutz-Quarantaene-EN-VR1-1.pdf (317.8 KB)  vom 16.12.2020

Entry, corona test and self-isolation

As of November 8, 2020, travelers who have been in a risk area in the last 10 days must register at before arriving in Germany and must carry proof of registration with them when entering the country

You cannot currently enter from a 'virus variant area'.

From 30.03.2021 there is a testing obligation for all travellers. You are obliged to take a PCR test before your departure (<48h). You must be able to show the test result upon entry.

All important information about entry and quarantine can be found in this document:

Corona entry regulation of the federal ministry for health
EN-MB neu Stand Jan_1.pdf (650.3 KB)  vom 10.03.2021

What are risk areas and 'virus-variant-areas'?

A risk area is any country or region outside of the Federal Republic of Germany for which, at the time of entry into the Federal Republic of Germany, an increased risk of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus exists. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) publishes a continuously updated list of risk areas   .

Do all travellers returning from risk areas need to get tested?

If requested by the competent health office or a different authority designated by the Land, you must either provide proof of having tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 or get tested within 10 days of entry into Germany. The concrete implementation lies with the Laender.

Who is required to enter self-isolation when travelling to the Federal Republic of Germany?

Anyone who enters the Federal Republic of Germany having spent time in a risk area up to 10 days before their arrival is obliged to proceed directly to their own home or another suitable accommodation and self-isolate there for 10 days. This does not apply if the person only travelled through a risk area without spending time there. The competent public health office monitors the quarantine obligation.

5 days after entering the country, at the earliest, leaving the apartment for a test is allowed. If the test result is negative, self-isolation is no longer necessary.

Having entered Germany from a risk area, do I have to report it to the public health office myself?

Anyone who has made a digital entry registration    before entering the country does not have to register independently with the competent health authority.

Which countries’ test results does Germany recognise? What other conditions must be met?

The test must be carried out in a member state of the European Union or a country that is listed here    by the Robert Koch Institute. If you carry with you a test result when entering the country, the test may not have been taken more than 48 hours prior to entry.

Where can people entering the country get tested?

People travelling from risk areas should be tested at the location of arrival, e.g. airports or ports.

Where you can get tested in the City of Halle, you can find here   .

You are allowed to leave the apartment to go to the test center. As  soon as you have a negative test result, you must present it to the  local health office.

You can find out where you can take a test locally by calling 116 117 or  on their website:   . If you want to be tested at your  family doctor's office, be sure to call there first.

What are the consequences of a positive test result?

A positive test result signifies that the person must self-isolate for 14 days.

For a proper self-isolation a separate apartment in Germany is required. The self-isolation cannot be carried out in hotels nor in dormitories of the Studentenwerk.

If you have to self-isolate, you will find recommendations and facts in various languages here   , compiled by the Federal Center for Health Education. Please note that you are not allowed to leave the apartment during quarantine, otherwise you will be fined at least 500 Euros.

What are the consequences of a negative test result?

In most Laender, testing negative means home quarantine is no longer required. In specific Laender, repeating a test a few days later may be necessary, however.

Regulations for Saxony Anhalt   

What to do if COVID-19-Symptoms emerge

Irrespective of the result, if typical COVID-19 symptoms (difficulties breathing, newly developed cough, fever or loss of smell or taste) emerge within 10 days of entry from a risk area, your competent health office must be informed right away. Ambiguous symptoms – even following a negative test result – should be clarified with a doctor without delay.

If you live in Halle, please write an email to and provide the following information:

•    First and last name
•    Date of birth
•    Address in Germany
•    Cell phone number (if available)
•    Date of arrival in Saxony-Anhalt and the country/place from which you have entered

I am already vaccinated, what applies to me?

Currently, vaccinated people do not enjoy any privileges in Germany. The same rules apply as for everyone else.

Studying during the pandemic

The corona pandemic still presents us with major challenges. What is true today may be different tomorrow. Therefore, we ask all international students to understand that we cannot predict exactly what summer semester 2021 will look like at our university. The University is currently developing a concept for the summer semester. Our motto is: as much face to face teaching as is responsible.

Before the beginning of the semester, please check Stud.IP, the MLU online course catalogue, to find out whether the courses you have selected will be taught face-to-face or offered in digital form.

General information of the university

On the following pages, the rector's office of the Martin-Luther-Universität provides information on how the semester will be conducted.

Furthermore, there they give updates on the course of studies during the ongoing corona-pandemic.


This semester there are some important additional points to consider when enrolling:

1. Documents to be submitted (send to the following e-mail address: )

  • filled out Registration Form (was send to you via mail) as a scan - only for guest and exchange students!
  • a passport photo (jpg or png format) and
  • proof of health insurance (EHIC or insurance certificate from a statutory health insurance company, if necessary an exemption from this) as a scan

2. The semester fee in the amount of 235.35 Euro (if not yet paid) is to be transferred to the following account with the stated purpose of payment:

Recipient: Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
Bank: Deutsche Bundesbank
IBAN: EN 4681 0000 0000 8100 1535
Amount: 235,35 Euro
Purpose: 20211, name, date of birth

3. Enrolment can only be made after receipt of the above documents and transfer of the semester fee.

4. The enrollment documents cannot be picked up in person. They will be sent to the students by mail. The prerequisite for sending the documents is a postal address in Halle/in the region.

Living in a student dormitory

Quarantine cannot be completed in the student dormitory.

To move into a dormitory of the Studentenwerk Halle, you will be required to show proof that you have been in quarantine for 10 days.
You can also show a second negative test, which can be done 5 days after entry at the earliest.

Further information can be found on the website of the Studentenwerk Halle.

Postponement of the planned stay

If you are a guest or exchange student and have to cancel or postpone your planned stay in Halle, please inform the International Office (via e-mail to: ).

Please note that your home university has to renew your nomination for your stay at MLU Halle in winter semester 2021/22!

Deadline for nomination for the summer semester 2021: 15.06.2021

Only if you have been re-nominated you can apply for a study visit in winter semester 2021/22!