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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 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:

https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/coronavirus/2317268#content_0   

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).

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

Below we have compiled the most important questions and answers for you based on the information on entry restrictions and quarantine regulations in Germany provided by the Federal Foreign Office   .

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.

Exception: negative test result after 5 days

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.

Here    you will find the list published by the Robert Koch Institute of the countries that have been declared 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.

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 https://www.rki.de/covid-19-tests    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.

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 general decree No 8/2020 at "City of 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 10 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 after 14 days. If the test is still positive, the quarantine is extended for a further seven days.
  • 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   .

The test is free of charge for those entering the country from risk areas within 10 days of entry until 1 December   . 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.

FAQ on coronate tests for travellers/returning to Saxony-Anhalt of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Integration of Saxony-Anhalt   

Germany and Saxony-Anhalt: Current situation and regulations

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

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

On 30.10.2020, the Land of Saxony-Anhalt published the second amendment to the 8th Containment Ordinance. It entered into force 2 November 2020.

Questions and answers on the 2nd amendment of the 8th Regulation can be found here   .

Here you can find the 8th Containment Ordinance of 30 October 2020 - Edited working version with amendments.
Redigatsfassung_8__Eindaemmungsverordnung_nach_2__Aenderung-1.pdf (803.8 KB)  vom 04.11.2020

City of Halle: Information, contact persons and current situation

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. 1/2
06110 Halle
Sachsen-Anhalt

Telephone: 0345 221-3220
Fax: 0345 221-3222
Email:

General decree No 8/2020 of the city of Halle (Saale) to curb the spread of corona virus

As of 19 November 2020, the general decree No 8/2020 is in effect in the city of Halle to contain the spread of the corona virus. The new regulations include, among other things, an obligation to wear masks in the inner city ring, in Leipziger Straße and on Hans-Dietrich-Genscher-Platz between 8 am and 8 pm. In addition, in all areas of public space in the rest of the urban area outside buildings, people must also wear a mouth-nose cover if the minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other people cannot be maintained continuously.

The detailed provisions of the regulation can be found here (in German only):
8__Allgemeinverfuegung_-_16NOV2020-3.pdf (76.3 KB)  vom 20.11.2020

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   .

Contact

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