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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 (25.01. – 14.02.2021)

The state government of Saxony-Anhalt issued the Third Amendment Ordinance to the Ninth Containment Ordinance on January 22, 2021. The ordinance will enter into force on January 25, 2021 and expire on February 14, 2021.

1. Retail is closed

Exceptions: Grocery stores, weekly markets, pick-up and delivery services, beverage markets, health food stores, pharmacies, medical supply stores, drug stores, opticians, hearing aid acousticians, gas stations, banks and savings banks, post offices, dry cleaners, laundromats, newspaper sales.

2. Service industries in the field of body care are closed

Exceptions: Medically necessary treatments (physiotherapy, ergotherapy, logotherapy, podiatry) remain possible.

3. 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!

4. 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.

5. Restriction of mobility

  • Restriction of the radius of movement of citizens to 15 km around the place of residence (from the boundary of the place of residence of the affected person) in the case of a rate of new corona infections of more than 200 per 100,000 inhabitants (see publication of the State Office for Consumer Protection   ).
  • Exceptions to the restriction: valid reasons, such as performing professional or volunteer activities, receiving medical care.
  • Lifting of restrictions: if within a seven-day period the rate of new infections falls below the level of 200 per 100,000 inhabitants and this incidence persists for at least a period of five consecutive days.

Source: 9th Corona Containment Ordinance (State of Saxony-Anhalt)
9._VO_Lesefassung_22.01.2021.pdf (1.4 MB)  vom 26.01.2021

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

From 8 November 2020 all travellers to Germany have to register online prior to their entry on the website   , if they have stayed in a risk area within the last 10 days prior to their entry to Germany. Also they must be able to present proof of this registration when entering Germany.

Please see the informtaion provided by the Federal Foreign Office    on entry restrictions and quarantine regulations in Germany:

We have compiled the most important questions and answers here for you:

What are risk 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 10 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

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 winter semester 2020/21 will look like at our university. The University is currently developing a concept for the winter 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.


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: 20202, name, date of birth

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

4. Important for guest and exchange students: Please also bring your original application form with you when you pick up your enrolment documents.

5. International students can schedule an appointment () to pick up their enrolment documents in person in Room 8 (International Students section) in the Löwengebäude (Universitätsplatz 11, 06108 Halle).

Living in a student dormitory

Self-isolation can not be performed in student dormitories. Moving into a dormitory is only possible with a (negative) PCR test in combination with a medical certificate.

Further information can be found on the website of Studentewerk 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 summer semester 2021!

Deadline for nomination for the summer semester 2021: 01.12.2020

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