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

Visa and entry

New: Entry from virus variant areas

For persons staying in so-called virus variant areas (   ) with a particularly high spread of mutations of the virus, transport to Germany as well as entry according to the CoronaEinreiseV are currently generally prohibited. This also applies to fully vaccinated persons. Exceptions are only possible in very few cases, for example for persons with residence and right of abode in Germany. (   ).

For students and scientists from virus variant areas, this means that a presence study or a research stay in Germany for the winter semester 2021/2022 can currently not be ensured. Please note that entry is also not possible if a study place commitment has already been granted by the German university: Since entry is not possible, visas cannot be issued as long as a country is considered a virus variant area.

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 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

Here    you will find an overview with the most important regulations for entry from risk, high incidence as 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    (12.05.2021) by the Federal Health Ministry, 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.

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

The domestic quarantine can be terminated prematurely 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 prior stay in a high incidence area or simple risk area. Quarantine can then be terminated from the time of transmitting the respective document.

If evidence is transmitted prior to entry, quarantine is not required.

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

Is it possible to avoid the quarantine obligation with a negative corona test?

After prior stay in a simple risk area, the domestic quarantine can be terminated prematurely if a negative proof of testing is transmitted via the entry portal of the Federal Republic at    Quarantine can then be terminated as of the date of transmission. If the proof is already transmitted prior to entry, no quarantine is required.
After prior stay in high incidence areas, testing can be performed at the earliest five days after entry. After stay in virus variant areas the quarantine lasts 14 days and an early termination of the quarantine is not possible.

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. This also applies to all persons entering Germany by air (regardless of whether or not they have previously stayed in a risk area).

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.

Important: Fully vaccinated and recovered persons are exempt from the testing requirement: They may present their proof of vaccination or recovery instead of a negative coronatest.

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?

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.

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.

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).

On June 17, the 14th SARS-CoV-2 Containment Ordinance came into force in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, and is currently in effect until July 14, 2021. Comprehensive relaxations have been adopted in the ordinance: For example, if the 7-day incidence is stable at less than 35, the testing requirement can be waived for sports and indoor catering; discotheques are also allowed to reopen their indoor areas. Nevertheless, the obligation to wear a medical mouth-nose covering in stores and on public transport remains in force. The exact wording can be found here   .

A graphic overview with the most important provisions 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.

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. Since Easter, physicians in private practice have been included in the vaccination campaign.

Since 07 June, vaccination prioritization is not in effect anymore in Germany. This means that every person can now get a vaccination appointment both at the general practitioner and at the vaccination center. An appointment booking for the vaccination center is possible via the Impfterminservice   .

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.

5th containment ordinance (5/2021) for the city of Halle (Saale) to contain the spread of the Corona virus.

On 22.05.2021, the 5th 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 12 July 2021. It mainly 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 5th 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.