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Katja Kaboth-Larsen

Boris Pohl

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Linda Book

Christiane Rochner

Help and advice for Internationals in times of COVID-19

The applicable rules change frequently at the moment. Please also inform yourself independently about current innovations. We assume no liability for the information provided here.

1. Entry regulations (as of 7 March 2022)

If you enter Germany from abroad, you must observe the applicable entry and quarantine regulations; these are currently changing frequently. Before your planned departure, please contact the responsible authorities to obtain the latest information. We assume no liability for the information provided here.

 

What regulations do I have to observe if I enter from a risk area, high incidence area or virus variant area?

We distinguish between countries without risk and risk areas: Risk areas include high risk areas and virus variant areas. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) identifies international risk areas. Please note that this list changes constantly.

A Basic regulations for entering Germany from any other country

Negative Corona test

Anyone entering Germany must have proof of no infection with SARS-CoV-2 (vaccination, current test or proof of recovery).
Quick test:
-    If entering from a high-risk area, the test must not be older than 48 hours.
-    If entering from a virus variant area, the test must not be older than 24 hours.
PCR test:
-    The test must not be older than 72 hours at entry.
Fully vaccinated and recovered persons are no longer required to present a negative Covid-19 test upon entry. Exception: Persons who enter from a virus-variant area or who have stayed in a virus-variant area in the last 10 days!
Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the proof requirement.
Important! If you have symptoms of illness 14 days after entry, contact the Health Department (Gesundheitsamt) immediately!

B Regulations for entry from risk areas

1.    Digital entry form

Please note: If you are entering Germany from abroad and have been in a risk area (high-risk area or virus variant area) within the last 10 days prior to entry, you must complete a digital entry declaration before entering the country. These digital entry forms are collected centrally. Your data is forwarded to the responsible regional public health department (Gesundheitsamt) to allow them to get in touch with you if required. You are obliged to carry proof that you completed the digital entry form and show it on request.

Digital entry form

2.    Quarantine?

a)    Entry from a high-risk area 

  • 10-day quarantine
  • You must go into quarantine even if your test result is negative when you enter the country. A shortening of the quarantine is only possible on or after the 5th day following a PCR test or antigen rapid test. Negative test evidence must be submitted via the Federal Immigration Portal at einreiseanmeldung.de or by sending an email to einreise@stadt-oldenburg.de. The email must contain the form ID of the entry application. The quarantine can then be terminated from the time of transmission.
  • Fully vaccinated and recovered persons do not have to be quarantined.
    For children under 12 years of age, quarantine ends automatically after the fifth day of entry following a previous stay in a high-risk area.

b)    Entry from a virus variant area

  • 14-day quarantine
  • You must go into quarantine even if your test result is negative when you enter the country. There is no possibility to shorten the quarantine by means of a negative test result. Even those who have been fully vaccinated and those who have recovered must be quarantined.

Violations can be prosecuted as an administrative offence and carry a fine of up to EUR 25,000.

Important! If you have symptoms of illness 14 days after entry, contact the Public Health Department (Gesundheitsamt) immediately!

These regulations also apply if your country of departure is subsequently declared a risk area (within 10 days of departure) or entry was via a non-risk area, but you had been in a risk area within 10 days prior to entry.

Who exactly are "vaccinated" and "recovered" individuals?

1. Vaccinated individuals

Both the 1st and 2nd vaccination have already taken place and the 2nd vaccination took place at least 15 days ago. Proof of vaccination must be provided in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish in digital or paper format (for example, by means of the vaccination certificate). The vaccination must have been carried out with one or more vaccines listed by the Paul Ehrlich Institute.

2. Recovered persons

A proof of recovery in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish (prior infection with SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus), i.e. proof of the disease by means of the PCR laboratory result) must be available. You must have recovered from the infection at least 28 days and at most three months ago. 

See also

Which vaccines have been approved so far?

Five vaccines have been approved in the EU so far:

  • BioNTech/Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Novavax.

This is based on relevant recommendations by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). 

German pharmacies cannot issue digital vaccination certificates for some vaccination certificates from abroad (including the USA and India). The RKI therefore provides a list of all recognised vaccine product names. This can be used for manual comparison with the vaccination certificate presented.

Please note that the vaccines permitted in this respect, e.g. in third countries, may be original but also licensed products of the manufacturers concerned under other trade names; the current list of vaccines that can be recognised within the meaning of the SchAusnV (Federal Ordinance) can be found on the website of the Paul Ehrlich Institute.

 

Is vaccination compulsory in Germany?

No. Vaccination against the coronavirus is voluntary.

Where can I take a corona test?

If you have any symptoms, you can be tested in a GP practice in Oldenburg. Please call them in advance to make an appointment:

White list with search function for medical practices

Anyone can get tested once a week for free with a Covid-19 antigen rapid test (rapid test, citizen test). There are now several test centres for this in Oldenburg. In most cases, you will need to schedule an appointment.

Test centers in Oldenburg

Can I travel on to Oldenburg within Germany?

You may travel from your airport of arrival to Oldenburg by public transport (e.g. by train - www.bahn.de). You must wear a mask covering your mouth and nose on public transport. The 3G rule applies. The quarantine obligation begins upon arrival at your place of residence.

Where can I be quarantined after arrival? (for students)

a) Students living in halls of residence

You may spend your quarantine after entering Germany in your own rented room/ flat. During this time, you must strictly observe all the rules and regulations of the Gesundheitsamt (health department). No matter from which country you enter, only a buddy/tutor is allowed to pick up the keys (appointment necessary). Keys are only handed over to buddies/ tutors who have tested negative for COVID-19 within the last 48 hours and have sent the test results as a PDF to the Studentenwerk (student service organisation) in good time (). When you enter the country, you must go directly into quarantine without e.g. going shopping.

b) Students who have found private accommodation

Please get in touch with your landlord to find out whether you can self-quarantine in your new accommodation. If you cannot, you should – if necessary – arrange for suitable accommodation for the quarantine period as early as possible.

You can, for example, enquire about self-quarantine options in a hotel in Oldenburg. You will need to enquire about available rooms and pay for the hotel yourself.

Please note: If you do not have accommodation for quarantining, please do not enter! There is no additional emergency accommodation available!

Where can I be quarantined after arrival? (for doctoral candidates/ researchers)

Please get in touch with your landlord to find out whether you can self-quarantine in your new accommodation. If you cannot, you should – if necessary – arrange for suitable accommodation for the quarantine period as early as possible.

You can, for example, enquire about self-quarantine options in a hotel in Oldenburg. You will need to enquire about available rooms and pay for the hotel yourself.

Please note: If you do not have accommodation for quarantining, please do not enter! There is no additional emergency accommodation available!

Who will look after me during my quarantine?

For students

The International Office of the University of Oldenburg offers quarantine care for international students by our team of tutors. Please contact us during office hours (Monday to Friday):

Please let us know in good time when you will arrive and where you will be staying.

For doctoral candidates / researchers

Please contact your supervisor, tutor or workgroup or the International Office regarding possible quarantine care.

3. Situation in Oldenburg and Germany (as of 7 March 2022)

What is the current situation in Oldenburg?

I am overwhelmed by all the information on Corona - who can help me?

You can reach the central Corona hotline of the Lower Saxony state government by calling 0511 120 - 6000 from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (except on public holidays).

What does 3G mean?

Access to numerous facilities and events is now only possible for those who have been fully vaccinated, have recovered or have been tested with a negative test result. The vaccination must have been carried out with one or more vaccines listed by the Paul Ehrlich Institute on the internet at https://www.pei.de/impfstoffe/covid-19 . The test result must not be older than 24 hours for a PoC antigen test (rapid test) and 48 hours for a PCR test.

What does 2G mean?

2G means: only vaccinated and recovered persons (tested persons are no longer admitted). Access to numerous facilities and events is now only possible for those who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered. The vaccination must have been carried out with one or more vaccines listed by the Paul Ehrlich Institute on the internet at

Paul Ehrlich Institute

What does 2G+ mean?

Access to numerous facilities and events is now only possible for those who have been fully vaccinated and recovered and who also have a negative test result. The vaccination must have been carried out with one or more vaccines listed by the Paul Ehrlich Institute on the Internet at the address https://www.pei.de/impfstoffe/covid-19 . The test result must not be older than 24 hours for a PoC antigen test (rapid test) and 48 hours for a PCR test. Vaccinated persons who have already received a booster vaccination are exempt from the testing obligation. (Exception: visits to hospitals, homes and facilities for elderly people and people in need of care/people with disabilities).

What are the current rules in Lower Saxony? (Charts in German)

Where can I take a Corona test? How often?

  1. If you have any symptoms: Please see: Are you ill or do you suspect you are infected with COVID-19?
  2. If you have no symptoms: Anyone can get tested for free with a Covid-19 antigen rapid test (rapid test, citizen test). There are now several test centres for this in Oldenburg.In most cases, you will need to schedule an appointment.

The test centre at the Haarentor campus in the car park of building V02 (Ammerländer Heerstraße 136) has been in operation since 13 January. Here, members and affiliates of the University and all other citizens can be tested free of charge. The medical operator is m-c-quadrat GmbH.

Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays between 8.00 and 14.00 (last test at 13:50).

Appointment bookings: in advance either online or by telephone and spontaneously on site (with waiting times):

Corona test centres in Oldenburg (in German)

FAQ - Corona Tests (in German)

COVID-19 vaccinations

Vaccination Point University

Please check the following websites for further information on COVID-19 vaccinations:

Anyone who has been vaccinated with a vaccine that is not licensed in Germany or who has not yet been vaccinated against Covid 19 at all can be vaccinated by a registered doctor.

Which vaccines have been approved so far?

Five vaccines have been approved in the EU so far:

  • BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Novavax.

What happens if I do not follow the rules?

Violations of the corona regulations can be punished as an administrative offence and carry a fine of up to EUR 25,000.

4. What to do in case of a (suspected) COVID-19 infection (as of 7 March 2022)

Where can I take a Corona test?

  • If you have any symptoms: Please see: Are you ill or do you suspect you are infected with COVID-19?
  • If you have no symptoms: Anyone can get tested at least once a week for free with a Covid-19 antigen rapid test (rapid test, citizen test). There are now several test centres for this in Oldenburg.In most cases, you will need to schedule an appointment.

The test centre at the Haarentor campus in the car park of building V02 (Ammerländer Heerstraße 136) has been in operation since 13 January. Here, members and affiliates of the University and all other citizens can be tested free of charge. The medical operator is m-c-quadrat GmbH.

Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays between 8.00 and 14.00 (last test at 13:50).

Appointment bookings: in advance either online or by telephone and spontaneously on site (with waiting times):

Appointment booking online

Corona test centres in Oldenburg (in German)

FAQ - Corona Tests (in German)

Have you had contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19?

If you learn that you have had personal contact with a person infected with the corona virus, you should stay at home and contact the responsible health office by telephone. This also applies if you use the Corona-Warn-App and receive a corresponding warning message. Close contacts with an increased risk of infection must usually be quarantined. Please Contact either

  1. the citizen's hotline (Bürgertelefon) of Oldenburg's ServiceCenter: 0441 235-4550 (Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or
  2. the central hotline of the Lower Saxony state government: 0511 120 6000 (Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

All persons who have been in close contact with an index person (for at least 15 minutes without observing the distance rules of 1.5 metres, including speaking, physical contact or contact with bodily secretions) have been exposed to a higher risk of infection and are classified as Category 1 contact persons (direct contact persons). This also applies if the contact took place in the two days before the symptoms began.

Risk assessment and ordering of quarantine are carried out in individual cases by the public health department. Close contacts should already quarantine themselves in advance on their own responsibility as soon as they learn that they have had contact with an infected person and inform their own close contacts. Exemptions from the quarantine requirement may apply to vaccinated and recovered contacts.

Are you ill or do you suspect you are infected with COVID-19?

If you have signs of illness such as cough, fever, runny nose, loss of sense of smell or taste, sore throat, headache, pain in the limbs, shortness of breath or general weakness, this may indicate infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Even if you are not aware that you have had contact with a person who has COVID-19, you may have been infected unknowingly. This is because an infected person may transmit the coronavirus days before the onset of the disease or may not develop any signs of the disease at all.

  • Do not come to the university. Stay at home and limit your direct contacts.

Call your GP or the medical on-call service (free of charge and without area code):

116117

Or

"White list" database  of GPs (in German only)

If you belong to a risk group, point this out.

Do not visit a GP or hospital without making an appointment!

  • The doctor will first assess the severity of your illness and discuss with you what treatment is necessary. If necessary, you will be given a certificate of incapacity for work (sick note for university).

The doctor will decide whether you will be tested for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus based on certain test criteria.

If you are not tested, talk to your doctor about other measures that may be needed. These may include resting at home for at least five days and reducing contact. Once the signs of illness have subsided, you should stay at home symptom-free for an additional two days.

  • If a PCR test is performed on you, you should continue to stay at home and reduce direct contact until the result is available. If the result of the PCR test for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is negative, i.e. no infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was detected: Ask your doctor if further action is needed. If the result of the PCR test is positive and thus a corona infection has been detected, the public health department will order isolation. As a rule, your close contacts must then be quarantined.

Have you tested positive for COVID-19?

If you have a positive rapid antigen test or antigen self-test, you should stay at home and avoid contact with household members even there. Contact a doctor's office or a testing centre by telephone to initiate a PCR test and agree on the further procedure. (See also: Are you ill or do you suspect you are infected with COVID-19?)

If you have a positive PCR Test and thus a corona infection has been detected, the public health department will order isolation.

1. Isolation / Home quarantine

Persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 are quarantined by the public health authority (Gesundheitsamt) for 10 days, even without symptoms. Home quarantine means that you are not allowed to leave your home. This is regularly checked. If you develop symptoms during quarantine, you must contact a GP and the public health authority (Gesundheitsamt) by phone. Acute symptoms - emergency call 112: If you suffer from severe acute symptoms such as shortness of breath, acute chest pain or a (temporary) loss of consciousness, please call for medical help immediately (emergency call 112)!

2. Inform the University of Oldenburg

Please inform the university about your infection using the online contact form or by calling 0441/798-5000.

Do you have acute severe symptoms (shortness of breath, chest pain, loss of consciousness)?

If you suffer from severe acute symptoms such as severe shortness of breath, acute chest pain or (temporary) loss of consciousness, please call for medical help immediately (emergency call 112)!

If a person is infected with COVID-19 and shows severe symptoms of illness, they will be admitted to a suitable hospital. They will receive treatment according to their symptoms.

Who will look after me during my quarantine?

Please contact us during office hours (Monday to Friday):

5. Social support (as of 7 March 2022)

The infection control measures in the COVID-19 crisis present us all with new social challenges. The university and the Studentenwerk provide various support services to help cope with this better.

Psychological counselling during the Corona Crisis

As international student in pandemic Germany you may have been experiencing a lot of intense and challenging emotions over the past weeks. Being physically distant from loved ones too far away to visit when wanting to be close to them is already difficult during normal times. However, travel restrictions, massive economic turmoil and the threat of a potentially harmful virus make going abroad even more difficult than before. The Psychological Counselling Service is aware of the issues faced by international university staff and their families during these difficult times and offers support in maintaining mental health.

Psychological Counselling Service

Just to give you an idea of typical concerns raised in counselling sessions, please see below a list of issues, we are prepared to support you with (amongst all other mental health concerns that may not be directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, of course!)

  • The fear of losing my financial security is distracting me from my studies. What can I do?
  • My parents have pre-existing conditions and are at an age that makes them vulnerable to experiencing serious health problems should they contract the virus. I am afraid they could get seriously ill and wonder how I could persuade them to protect themselves.
  • Since face-to-face teaching has been suspended and I cannot meet with fellow students for discussing materials and assignments, I have great difficulty concentrating on lectures and home works. How can I get back my focus?
  • Two times a week I went to the gym. On weekends I liked to party. Those outlets have become impossible to pursue. I am worried, if this lasted much longer, I will feel increasingly isolated and relapse into depression. How can I prevent this from happening?

If you wish to talk to a counselor about these or any other mental health-related concerns, please do not hesitate to send an email to the Psychological Counseling Service Team at ! They will be happy to invite you to a phone or videotelephony consultation at your earliest convenience.

Preparing your stay in Oldenburg

If you have any questions and need advice, please contact

General information for preparing your trip here (international students)

General information for preparing your trip here (doctoral candidates and researchers)

(Changed: 2022-05-20)