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Current information for international mobile doctoral candidates and researchers in the context of the Corona Pandemic

Visa and entry

New: Ordinance Amending the Covid 19 Protective Measures Exemption Ordinance and the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance

Since 03 March 2022, the new regulation amending the Coronavirus Entry Regulation is valid, it is currently valid until 28 April 2022. The rules for entry under the Coronavirus Entry Regulation remain largely unchanged in terms of content. Here you can find the current information for travelers    from the Federal Ministry of Health.

Please inform yourself regularly about the risk classification of your home country. Note: Currently (as of 12.04.2022), neither virus variant nor high-risk areas have been designated, given the widespread Omikron variant everywhere.

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 December 22nd 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 high-risk and virus variant areas as well as other 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    (30.09.2021) by the Federal Health Ministry, we have compiled the most important questions and answers for you below:

Mandatory testing or proof of immunity from COVID-19

From 3 March 2022, every person over the age of 12 is  obliged to carry proof of their COVID‑19 status when entering Germany.  Persons over the age of 12 must therefore have a negative test result or  proof of recovery or vaccination when entering Germany. As a rule,  COVID‑19 test results (antigen or PCR tests) must not be more than  48 hours old at the time of the (planned) entry. However, if entering  Germany with a carrier (e.g. an airline), PCR tests may be taken a  maximum of 48 hours before the (scheduled) start of the journey (e.g.  departure time). But antigen tests must not be taken more than 48 hours  before the (scheduled) time of arrival in Germany even if travellers are  being transported by a carrier.

For entry from virus variant areas, a PCR test proof is mandatory. An antigen test or proof of recovery or vaccination is not sufficient here.

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 resp. antigen test must have been carried out no more than 48 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?

For persons who have not been fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognized    in Germany and who have not recovered, applied the following: 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.

There is no quarantine obligation after a stay in a non-risk area.

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

The domestic quarantine is omitted if proof of recovery (min. 28 days, max. three 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 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.

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

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 03.04.2022, the 17th SARS-CoV-2 Containment Ordinance came into force in Saxony-Anhalt. With the new containment ordinance, Saxony-Anhalt implements the low-threshold protective measures permitted under the Infection Protection Act (IfSG) of the federal government. It is currently valid until April 30, 2022 and includes extensive relaxations: For example, all 2G/3G rules and the general requirement to wear a mask indoors (such as stores and restaurants outside of one's seat) are eliminated. The regulations include the obligation to wear medical mouth-nose protection in certain areas such as doctors' offices, hospitals and on public transport, as well as testing obligations.

The exact wording of the regulation can be found here   . An overview of the new rules can be found here   .

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

City of Halle: Current situation, contact persons, Corona testing possibilities, Corona vaccination

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

Here    you can also find the most important information in other languages (including English, Arabic and Russian).

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.

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

  • Once you have the test result, please email it immediately to You will then be informed by the public health office (Gesundheitsamt)  in Halle, until when you have to stay in quarantine.
  • New: Furthermore, infected persons are obliged to inform their contact persons immediately and to name them to the Department of Health. The city of Halle (Saale) has provided an online form    for this purpose. The form is available in English and German.
  • For isolation and quarantine applies:
    Isolation (for infected persons) and quarantine (for contact persons) usually end after 10 days. Affected persons can "clear" themselves after a proven infection or as a contact person after seven days by means of a PCR test  or a certified rapid antigen test.
  • Those contact persons who have received a booster vaccination are exempt from quarantine. This requires a total of three vaccinations (including any combination with COVID-19 vaccine Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). This also applies to comparable groups: vaccinated recovered persons (vaccinated with breakthrough infection or recovered persons who received vaccination following illness); persons vaccinated twice from day 15 after 2nd vaccination to day 90 after the second vaccination; recovered persons from day 28 to day 90 from the date of the positive test.
  • An overview of the current isolation and quarantine regulations can be found here   .

Corona vaccinations

Here    you can find an overview with all important information about the Corona vaccination in Halle.

Here    you can find the current opening hours of the vaccination centres.

The vaccination campaign is mainly being carried out by 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   .

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.

General order for the isolation of persons and contacts infected with Covid-19

On 03.04.2022 the general decree on the isolation of persons infected with Covid-19 and contact persons came into force and is currently valid until 17.05.2022. It mainly contains regulations on the quarantine obligation for infected persons as well as their contact persons (see section "City of Halle"), as in all other areas the provisions of the state decree apply.

The exact wording can be found here   .

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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