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Current information for mobility issues for doctoral candidates and researchers in the context of the Corona Pandemic

Visa and entry

Since 8 November 2020 all travellers to Germany have to register online on the website 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   . Here you can find out, for example, who is currently allowed to enter Germany from outside Europe (in German only). This are amongst others

  • foreign students (including doctoral students) whose studies cannot be conducted entirely from abroad (§ 16b AufenthG)
  • skilled workers with a concrete job offer in the sense of the legal definition (§§ 18 Abs. 3, 18a, 18b AufenthG), which is proved by the declaration of employment
  • scientists/researchers (§ 18d AufenthG)

On 27 October 2020, the BMBF provided information on the most recent concretisation or expansion of this category of exception, which was agreed between the BMI, AA and BMBF. The exception category now explicitly covers the cases of §§ 18d, 18e, 18f AufenthG, § 19c (1) AufenthG in connection with § 5 BeschV or § 11 section 1 BeschV. Consequently, researchers who only enter the country for short stays or from another EU member state with a Schengen visa can also enter under the above-mentioned conditions.

The following regulations apply to researchers and teachers:

For doctoral candidates in this application category, no certificate of economic necessity is generally required, as they are comparable to students in this respect. For researchers, economic necessity is generally assumed if the research activity is carried out at a recognised research institution. State and state-recognised higher education institutions and other research institutions whose activities are mainly financed by public funds are considered recognised research institutions (section 38a (4a) of the Residence Regulation). This also applies accordingly in cases of section 5 no. 1 to no. 3 BeschV. If, on the other hand, the research is carried out at a commercial enterprise, the employer must continue to credibly demonstrate the economic necessity. The economic necessity can also be assumed for teachers.

In all the above cases, proof of the requirement for presence in Germany is a prerequisite for entry (e.g. submission of the employment contract, the hosting agreement or the letter of invitation from the university/research institution). In addition, in the case of short-term stays, it must be credibly demonstrated that the intended research activity cannot be carried out in the same way via online formats (e.g. video conferences).

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
2020-11-06_Infoblatt_fuer_Einreisende_engl_final.pdf    (externe Datei)

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

Quarantine and corona test

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

Who is required to enter home quarantine 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 arrival is obliged to proceed directly to its 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.

Depending on the regulations of the Länder, the quarantine may end after 5 days if a test for Coronavirus carried out on the fifth day after entry to Germany or later is negative.

Attention: The above regulations only refer to persons entering from risk areas and high incidence areas. For persons who have stayed in a virus variant area in the sense of § 3 paragraph 2 sentence 1 number 2 of the Coronavirus Entry Regulation in the currently valid version in the last ten days before their entry, the period of isolation is 14 days. An early end of the isolation due to a negative coronavirus test is not possible in this case.

Test requirement on entry

Travellers aged six years or older who have been in a high incidence area or in a virus variant area    in the past ten days prior to entry into Germany must carry proof that  they have been tested for infection with SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus with  them upon entry and present it to the competent authorities upon request and, if necessary, to the transport company prior to travelling.

Travellers who have visited any other risk area    (neither high incidence area nor virus variant area) during the  ten days prior to entry into Germany must be in possession of a test  result no later than 48 hours after entry and present it to the competent authorities upon request.

Here    you will find the list of international high incidence areas, virus variant areas, and other risk areas designated by the Federal Foreign Office, BMG, and BMI published by the Robert Koch Institute. Eine Übersicht mit denjenigen Staaten, aus denen ein Coronatest in Deutschland anerkannt wird, findet sich hier   .

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. An overview with those states from which a Coronatest is recognized in Germany can be found here   .

Concrete steps in Halle:

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

Despite the digital entry registration    it is still necessary to register independently with the  responsible health authority in Halle. Hence, if you are coming to Halle from a risk area, please go directly to your quarantine accomodation and contact the public health office (Gesundheitsamt) in Halle. Therefore, please write an email to as soon as you have arrived in your quarantine accommodation. Please indicate in the email

  • the country from which you entered the country
  • when you arrived
  • your name
  • the purpose of the stay in Halle
  • whether you have symptoms that may or may not be related to COVID-19
  • the result of a recognised current coronate test in German or English (if available)

What are the consequences of a positive test result in Halle (see 3rd Containment Ordinance (Feb. 2021) in the "City of Halle" section)?

  • 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.

If you have to self-isolate, 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 the apartment during quarantine, otherwise  you will be fined at least 500 Euros.

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.

Germany and Saxony-Anhalt: Current situation and regulations

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

Situation in Germany

On April 22, 2021, the new Infection Protection Law   , the so-called "Bundesnotbremse", came into force in Germany. Among other things, it implements a curfew from 10 pm - 5 am in regions with a 7-day incidence of 100 cases or more and school closures in regions with a 7-day incidence of 165 cases or more. As of today (27.04.), this also affects Halle. Questions and answers about the new rules can be found here   .

Situation in Saxony-Anhalt

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

On March 25, 2021, the state of Saxony-Anhalt published the Eleventh SARS-CoV-2 Containment Order, which is effective from March 29 to May 9, 2021. It implements the agreements between the Chancellor and the Minister Presidents of March 22, 2021 for Saxony-Anhalt. Strict contact restrictions, the general hygiene and distance rules, and the obligation to wear medical mouth-to-nose coverings in stores and on public transport will continue to apply. You can find the exact wording 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, including the address and opening hours of the new corona test station at Magdeburger Straße 22, on the campus of the Faculty of Medicine of Halle University (from 15 October 2020). Please note: The mobile test station at the Arbeitsagentur, Schopenhauerstraße 2, is no longer available since 15 October 2020.

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.

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).

In addition, decentralized appointments are offered in several counties for residents of certain municipalities. After Easter, physicians in private practice have now also been included in the vaccination campaign.

In Saxony-Anhalt, vaccination offers can currently be made to people with priority 1, 2 and in some cases 3. For more information on prioritization, click here   .

4th containment ordinance (3/2021) for the city of Halle (Saale) to contain the spread of the Corona virus.

On 29.03.2021 the 4th containment ordinance for the containment of the spread of the Corona virus came into force in the city of Halle. It is currently valid until 22 May 2021. As before, masks are compulsory outdoors in the inner city ring road, Leipziger Straße and Hans-Dietrich-Genscher-Platz between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm. In addition, in all areas of public space in the rest of the city outside buildings, people must also wear a mask covering their mouth and nose if the minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people cannot be maintained throughout.

The distinction between medical and non-medical mouth-to-nose protection is still in effect. While an "everyday mask" (e.g. made of fabric) continues to be sufficient outdoors, there is an obligation to wear medical mouth-nose protection (surgical or FFP2 mask) in public transport and in stores. Unlike the current state ordinance (10th Containment Ordinance), it is still only allowed to meet with one other person outside of one's household.

New is a ban on consuming alcohol between 20:00 and 06:00 in some public  places (including Saalepromenade, August-Bebel-Platz and Marktplatz).

The exact wording of the 4th Containment Ordinance 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.

Map of the area where masks are compulsory:

anlage_allgv6-20_stadtplan-7.pdf (305.4 KB)  vom 22.10.2020

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   .


If you have questions for which you cannot find an answer on this page, please feel free to contact us.