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Visa and entry

New: Exeptions for entry from virus variant areas

As of August 1, 2021, the new Corona entry regulation is in effect. It is valid until December 31, 2021. Among other things, the Corona Entry Regulation also regulates entry for persons from virus variant areas   . Accordingly, there are exceptions which have now been finally agreed between the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The annex to § 10 para. 2 p. 1 No. 10 of the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance, as it came into force on 01.08.2021 (   ) specifies the more precise conditions under which the exemption applies. Excerpt:

  • Researchers or scientists who have concluded a hosting agreement or a contract for the implementation of a research project with a research institution or a university (§§ 18d, 18e, 18f AufenthG as well as § 19c para. 1 AufenthG in conjunction with § 5 BeschV);
  • Foreign students and doctoral candidates who have a (conditional or unconditional) notice of admission from the educational institution, even if, for example, a language course, internship or preparatory course precedes them;"

This means that all persons who are allowed to enter Germany according to the requirements of the AufenthG can now do so. The exception is currently not applicable, as currently no country is classified as virus variant area. However, with view to the unfortunately still very dynamic development of virus variants worldwide, this new version of the entry regulation can potentially be helpful for maintaining international cooperation with other partner countries in the future.

An overview with Corona entry rules from different areas (high risk as well as virus variant areas) as of August 1st 2021 can be found here   .

The current Ordiance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations (Coronavirus-Einreiseverordnung – CoronaEinreiseV) as of August 1st 2021 can be found here   .

Please inform yourself regularly about the risk classification of your home country.

Since 8 November 2020 all travellers to Germany have to register online on the website www.   einreiseanmeldung.   de    prior to their entry, 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 find the above mentioned as well as further information provided by the Federal Foreign Office on entry restrictions and quarantine regulations in Germany here   . You will find there as well a substitute notification in paper form in many languages, in case it should not be possible in exceptional cases to make a digital entry notification:

Please find answers from the Federal Police here   .

Questions and answers of the Federal Ministry of Interior, Building and Community concerning the coronavirus can be found here   . Here you will find information, for example, on the cases in which entries of unmarried partners for short-term visits from third countries that are not on the positive list are possible and what special features apply. You can also read about the special rules governing the entry of family members from third countries who are not on the "positive list" (in German only). A wide range of important information is also available in many different languages: important hygiene tips and other practical advice, information on home quarantine for patients and affected contacts.

Positive list   

Rules for incoming passengers to Germany in
connection with Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 provided by the Federal Ministry of Health as of August 1st 2021
EN_MB_bf.pdf    (externe Datei)

Euraxess Germany offers bundled information     on visa and entry in connection with the coronavirus in German and English.

Corona tests and Quarantine

Here    you will find an overview with the most important regulations for entry from non risk, high risk well as virus variant areas.

Based on the information on entry and quarantine provided by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany    and the current Coronavirus entry regulation    (30.07.2021) by the Federal Health Ministry, we have compiled the most important questions and answers for you below:

Obligation to test on entry

The current coronavirus entry regulation includes a general testing requirement for people who are 12 years old and older, regardless of the mode of transportation and whether a prior stay occurred in a high-risk area, a virus variant area, or any other area. For entry from a high-risk area or other area, proof may be a negative test result, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery. In the case of coming from a virus variant area there is a ban on passenger transport by train, bus, ship and flight directly from these countries - subject to very narrowly defined exceptions (see section "Visa and entry"). If in your case an exception applies, a negative PCR test or antigen test must be available, proof of vaccination/genesis is not sufficient.

In addition, when entering the Federal Republic of Germany after a stay in a foreign high-risk area or virus variant area, special registration requirements (see section "Visa and entry") and quarantine requirements (see below) must be observed.

Here    you will find the list published by the Robert Koch Institute of international high-risk and virus variant areas designated by the Federal Foreign Office, BMG and BMI.

Which countries’ test results does Germany recognise?

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.

How long ago may I have been tested? What other requirements must be met?

If the test result is carried on entry, the negative PCR test must have been carried out no more than 72 hours, the antigen text no more than 24 hours before entry into Germany.

The test must meet the criteria listed by the Robert Koch Institute at www.   rki.   de/covid-   19-   tests   .

Who is required to enter home quarantine when travelling to the Federal Republic of Germany?

Anyone entering the Federal Republic of Germany who has stayed in a high-risk area within 10 days prior to entry is obliged to go directly home or to another suitable accommodation after entry and to isolate themselve there for 10 days. The responsible health office monitors the quarantine obligation.

Anyone entering the Federal Republic of Germany who has stayed in a virus variant area within 10 days prior to entry is obliged to go directly home or to another suitable accommodation after entry and to isolate themselve there for 14 days. The responsible health office monitors the quarantine obligation.

Anyone entering the Federal Republic of Germany who has stayed in another area ("sonstiges Gebiet") within 10 days prior to entry is not required to go into quarantine.

Does the quarantine obligation also apply to recovered and vaccinated persons?

The domestic quarantine can be shortened if proof of recovery (min. 28 days, max. six months old) or proof of complete vaccination (second vaccination at least 14 days ago) is submitted via the entry portal of the Federal Republic of Germany at    This applies to all entrants after previous stay in a high-risk area. Alternatively, a shortening is possible if a nagative test proof is available from the 5th day after entry.

After a stay in virus-variant areas, even persons with proof of recovery or vaccination are obliged to undergo a fourteen-day quarantine. This quarantine cannot be terminated prematurely.

There is no quarantine obligation after a stay in another area ("sonstiges Gebiet").

Quarantine recommendations

If you have to go into quarantine, you will find recommendations and interesting facts about domestic quarantine in various languages here   , compiled by the Federal Center for Health Education. Please note that you are not allowed to leave your home under any circumstances during quarantine, otherwise you could face a fine   .

Concrete steps in Halle:

Having entered Germany from a risk area, must I contact the public health office in Halle?

No, this is not required. Only the completion of the digital entry registration    together with the transmission of appropriate proofs (proof of recovery, full vaccination or negative Coronatest) is necessary.

What are the consequences of a positive test result in Halle?

  • Residents found to be infected with corona must immediately enter a 14-day quarantine from the time of testing. Infected persons will immediately receive a certificate from the Health Department. After 13 days at the earliest, a second test will be carried out by appointment by the Department of Health. If the test result is negative, the quarantine ends. In the case of infected persons who have a positive result on the basis of a PoC antigen rapid test, a PCR test will take place promptly by appointment by the Health Department. In case of a negative PCR test result, quarantine ends.
  • Infected persons are obliged to inform their contact persons immediately and to name them to the Department of Health.
  • Residents who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of SARS-CoV-2 must immediately enter a 14-day quarantine from the time of contact. They must also contact the Health Department immediately.
  • Fully Vaccinated and recovered persons are exempt from this regulation.

Information on where you can get tested in Halle can be found here   .

Once you have the test result, please email it to You will then be informed by the public health office (Gesundheitsamt)  in Halle, whether respective when you will be released from quarantine.

Saxony-Anhalt: Current situation and regulations

Daily situation reports     of the Robert Koch Institute in German and English.

Situation in Saxony-Anhalt

Here     you can read up on the corona regulations in the individual federal states, including Saxony-Anhalt (in German only).

The 15th SARS-CoV-2 containment decree has been in effect in Saxony-Anhalt since Nov. 24. 2021 It is valid until 15.12. There are new regulations in many areas, such as in local public transport, at the workplace, in indoor bars/restaurants and in schools. In public transport as well as at the workplace and in services close to the body (e.g. hairdressing), the 3G rule will henceforth apply. Access to indoor bars/restaurants, swimming pools/saunas, gyms, concerts, etc. is from now on only possible under the application of the 2G rule, i.e. only for vaccinated and recovered persons (a negative test is not sufficient). For discotheques, clubs and choirs "2G+" applies: Only vaccinated and recovered persons, who additionally prove an official negative Corona test, can have access. Schools will remain open, but compulsory attendance will be removed. The exact wording of the regulation can be found here   , and an overview of the new rules can be found here   .

Since 06.12.2021, the 2nd amendment to the 15th SARS-CoV-2 Containment Ordinance has been in force in Saxony-Anhalt. It applies for the time being until 15.12.2021. The previously applicable Corona regulations have been further tightened: the 2G regulation already applicable to culture and gastronomy has been extended to the retail sector, with the exception of stores for everyday needs such as supermarkets, pharmacies and drugstores. The 2G+ model has been introduced for choirs, sporting events and public festivals: In addition to proof of full vaccination or recovery, a daily negative corona test is required. For the unvaccinated/non-recovered, strict contact restrictions apply to gatherings in public and private spaces: only persons from one household may meet with up to two other persons from another household, with the exception of children under 14 years of age. The exact wording of the regulation can be found here   .

Here you will find questions and answers from Saxony-Anhalt    about the Corona virus.

City of Halle: information, contact persons, current situation, Corona testing possibilities and Corona vaccination

Here     you will find important contact persons and hotlines in Halle in connection with the corona virus.

Public health office (Gesundheitsamt) in Halle

Halle (Saale)
Fachbereich Gesundheit
Niemeyerstr. 1
06110 Halle

Telephone: 0345 221-3238
Fax: 0345 221-3222

Testing possibilities in Halle

Here    you find an overview of all testing options in Halle. Also listed are physicians in private practice who perform tests and pharmacies that offer free rapid tests. You will find also information sheets on what to do if you receive a positive or a negative corona test result.

Corona vaccinations

Covid 19 vaccinations have been carried out in Saxony-Anhalt since December 26, 2020. The start was made in nursing homes and homes for the elderly; since mid-January, the vaccination centers    in the counties have successively opened. The vaccination center in Halle (Saale) is located at:

Glaucha Elementary School in Halle, Heinrich-Pera-Str. 13, 06110 Halle (Saale).

After the closure of the vaccination centers, the vaccination campaign is mainly carried out by the general practitioners. For patients who do not have a family doctor, the website of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians of Saxony-Anhalt offers a list of all vaccination practices in the counties. You can find this here   .

The city of Halle (Saale) continues to offer vaccination dates. Vaccinations are held on every third Wednesday of the month on the premises of the Health Department at Niemeyerstrasse 1. It is not necessary to make an appointment. The offer is aimed exclusively at residents of the city of Halle (Saale).

A third option to get a COVID-19 vaccination is at the university's medical  service (“Betriebsärztlicher Dienst”). However, the latter one applies only for  employees of Halle University and not for scholarship holders.

7th containment ordinance (10/2021) for the city of Halle (Saale) to contain the spread of the Corona virus.

Attention: Since 24.11. the rules of the 15th SARS-CoV-2 Containment Ordinance of the State of Saxony-Anhalt apply (see above), the provisions of which are also applicable in Halle.

On 05.11.2021, the second amendment to the 7th containment ordinance for the containment of the spread of the Corona virus came into force in the city of Halle. The containment ordinance is currently valid until Dec. 3, 2021. The previous relaxation of the state-wide testing requirement for indoor restaurants, swimming pools, indoor sports, etc., has been withdrawn, so the "3G rule" (access only for those vaccinated, recovered, or tested negative) is again in effect for these areas. Beyond that, it contains regulations on the quarantine obligation for infected persons as well as their contacts (see section "Quarantine and Coronatest"), since in all other areas the provisions of the State Ordinance    apply. The quarantine obligation in case of contact with infected persons does not apply to recovered and vaccinated persons.

The exact wording of the 7th Containment Ordinance of the City of Halle incl. amendments can be found here   .

Important: The Federal Infection Protection Law, the containment ordinance of the state and the containment ordinance of the city complement each other and together describe the measures that are necessary here in our country to contain the pandemic.

Information from MLU

Members of the MLU can find current information from the MLU on the corona pandemic on specially set up websites.

Travelling inside of Germany or abroad

Here MLU employees will find information to labour law questions, e.g. whether you can travel without restrictions during your holiday, whether you can currently go on a business trip and how you should behave if you or your relatives were last in a risk area abroad or had contact with infected persons, or if you live or have lived in a risk area in Germany (in German only).

Here you will find information from the MLU on whether you can currently go on a business trip (in German only).

Here     you will find a list of international risk areas published by the Robert Koch-Institute (for English version please see "English archive").

Here    you will find an overview of risk areas within Germany, compiled by the Tagesspiegel.

Find travel warnings of the Federal Foreign Office including a current overview map here   .

Constantly updated new traffic light map   , published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control ECDC.

You can find a country overview of the German missions abroad in your destination country here   .


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