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For students

Katja Kaboth-Larsen

Boris Pohl

Christine Trappe

For doctoral candidates and researchers

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 8 September 2021)

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(at)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

Please note: If you are in a so-called virus variant area, you may not travel to or enter Germany according to the Covid-19 entry regulations. This also applies to those who have been fully vaccinated. Exceptions are only possible in very few cases, for example for persons who have a permanent residence in Germany.

What are the exceptions regarding the transport ban and the entry restrictions from virus variant areas?

For students and researchers from virus variant areas, this means that on-campus studies or a research stay in Germany cannot currently be ensured for the 2021/2022 winter semester. Please note that you cannot enter Germany even if the German university has already granted you a place of study: Since entry is not possible, visas cannot be issued as long as a country is considered 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 Spanishin 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 at https://www.pei.de/impfstoffe/covid-19.

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 six months ago. Alternatively, after a prior infection with SARS-CoV-2, the 1st vaccination must already have taken place at least 15 days ago.

See also

German Federal Ministry of Health: Current information for travellers

City of Oldenburg: Information for travellers (in German)

Which vaccines have been approved so far?

Four vaccines have been approved in the EU so far:
•    BioNTech
•    Moderna
•    AstraZeneca
•    Johnson & Johnson.
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.

Please note: Because all citizens now have direct access to vaccination facilities, the federal government will end free testing as of 11 October 2021.

Test centers in Oldenburg

Students from abroad who are in Germany to study and have been vaccinated with vaccines not recognised in Germany can be tested free of charge by rapid test until 31 December 2021. They can prove their eligibility by presenting their certificate of study and their vaccination card.

https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus/nationale-teststrategie/faq-schnelltests.html

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 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. List of Oldenburg hotels

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. List of Oldenburg hotels

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.

2. Current situation at the University of Oldenburg (as of 27 September 2021)

These FAQs are particularly intended for international students, doctoral candidates and researchers. Please also read the general information on the situation at the University of Oldenburg and the Stud.IP event "Zentrale Informationen fürs Studium SoSe 2021" (for students).

What are the current plans for the winter semester 2021/22?

The winter semester 2021/22 will be a hybrid semester. 

On campus events will be offered again, but at the same time there will be a basic masking and distance requirement in the buildings and premises. The distance requirement also continues to apply outdoors.

Because of the distance requirement, we cannot yet make full use of our teaching and learning rooms. Compared to the last semesters, the occupancy figures will nevertheless increase significantly, which will make more face-to-face events possible. Digital learning will remain a central part of studying in the winter semester: for example, larger events with more than 100 participants will regularly take place purely digitally.

Thanks to these measures, we will be able to maintain university operations, and teaching in particular, even if the pandemic intensifies again in the coming months. We will no longer have to return to purely digital teaching.

Does 3G apply at the university?

Yes, as part of the access restriction, the university is obliged to actively check proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test results.

Therefore, at designated points on the Campus Haarentor and the Campus Wechloy (3G registration points), active verification checks are carried out. At these points, students can register for participation in 3G restricted courses by presenting proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or proof of a negative test. This is done digitally via an appropriate note.

Students from abroad who are in Germany to study and have been vaccinated with vaccines not recognised in Germany can be tested free of charge by rapid test until 31 December 2021. They can prove their eligibility by presenting their certificate of study and their vaccination card.

https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus/nationale-teststrategie/faq-schnelltests.html 

Is the university open?

The campus and all buildings and spaces of the University of Oldenburg including the botanical garden will generally be open. The Student Service Centre (A12) will be closed for students until further notice.

In and at the University of Oldenburg, the same guidelines and hygiene rules apply to all persons, regardless of whether they are recovered, immune, vaccinated or currently tested.

The current contact restrictions of the Lower Saxony Ordinance for the Containment of the Corona Virus SARS-CoV-2 apply in the outdoor areas of all university locations. This does not apply to official meetings.

General information of the University of Oldenburg on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic

What kind of mask do I have to wear?

Medical masks (surgical masks, medical face masks) instead of simpler cloth versions covering the mouth and nose must be worn in all buildings and rooms of the university, excluding rooms used by a single person. 

3. Situation in Oldenburg and Germany (as of 27 September 2021)

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 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.Was bedeutet 3G?

Students from abroad who are in Germany to study and have been vaccinated with vaccines not recognised in Germany can be tested free of charge by rapid test until 31 December 2021. They can prove their eligibility by presenting their certificate of study and their vaccination card.

https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus/nationale-teststrategie/faq-schnelltests.html 

What does 2G mean?

2G means: only vaccinated and recovered persons (tested persons are no longer admitted). The 2G regulation is so far on a voluntary basis and can be decided independently by each shop, operator, organiser and so on.

How many people am I allowed to meet with?

1 to 25 unvaccinated persons (vaccinated, recovered or tested persons do not count and can be added as many as desired).

  • no restrictions
  • in the catering industry: organisers or business owners can decide for themselves whether they want to use the 2G rule.

from 26 unvaccinated persons (vaccinated, recovered or tested persons do not count and can be added as much as they want)

indoors:        

  • Mask obligation: medical mask or FFP2
  • in catering: in some establishments, documentation is compulsory, in some establishments, the 3G rule and the testing concept for employees apply due to warning level 1

outdoors:                  

  • no restrictions
  • in catering: in some establishments, documentation is compulsory, in some establishments, the 3G rule and the testing concept for employees apply due to warning level 1.

Basic requirements for public establishments (e.g. shops, institutions, companies, restaurants, hotels)

- Minimum distance

- Hygiene concept

- obligation to wear a mask

- in some facilities, documentation is compulsory

- in some facilities, the 3G rule and the testing concept for employees apply due to warning level 1

See also: www.niedersachsen.de/Coronavirus/FAQ/antworten-auf-haufig-gestellte-fragen-faq-186686.html (in German)

How does the Lower Saxony Corona system work?

There are three warning levels for assessing the corona situation. A warning level is established when the leading indicator "hospitalisation" and at least one other indicator reach the value range of the corresponding warning level.

Leading indicator:

- Hospitalisation (nationwide indicator)

Indicators:

- Newly infected persons (per district and district-free city)

- Intensive care beds (national indicator)

See also: https://www.niedersachsen.de/Coronavirus/aktuelle_lage_in_niedersachsen/niedersachsen-und-corona-aktuelle-leitindikatoren-203487.html  (in German)

If the 7-day incidence in a county or an independent city reaches the value of 50 new infections, the 3G rule applies in the county or independent city, even without the "hospitalisation" indicator reaching the value range of warning level 1.

Where can I take a Corona test? How often?

  1. 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
  2. If you have no symptoms: Before 10. October 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. Because all citizens now have direct access to vaccination facilities, the federal government will end free testing as of 11 October 2021. 

Students from abroad who are in Germany to study and have been vaccinated with vaccines not recognised in Germany can be tested free of charge by rapid test until 31 December 2021. They can prove their eligibility by presenting their certificate of study and their vaccination card.

https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus/nationale-teststrategie/faq-schnelltests.html 

Corona test centres in Oldenburg (website in German)

COVID-19 vaccinations

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

The order in which vaccines will be offered: Protecting the weakest first (information by the Federal Government)

Lower Saxony (in German only)

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.

Doctor search: https://www.weisse-liste.de/de/arzt/arztsuche/

Which vaccines have been approved so far?

Four vaccines have been approved in the EU so far:
•    BioNTech
•    Moderna
•    AstraZeneca
•    Johnson & Johnson.

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

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.

Please note: Not all test centres also carry out (chargeable) PCR tests which are required for shortening the entry quarantine. PCR tests are carried out at Testcenter Oldenburg, Bahnhofsplatz 1, and at Laborkreis GmbH, Elbestraße 7.

https://www.oldenburg.de/startseite/leben-umwelt/soziales/gesundheitsamt/corona/testzentren-oldenburg.html

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

Option 1: Notification from the public health authority (Gesundheitsamt)

The Gesundheitsamt might contact you because you have been identified as a direct contact person (index person).

  1. The Gesundheitsamt will quarantine you for at least 14 days (from the last contact with the index person) regardless of the test result.
  2. It is up to the Gesundheitsamt to decide whether you will also be tested for COVID-19.

Option 2: No notification from the public health authority (Gesundheitsamt)

If you think you are a direct contact person but have not received a message from the public health authority, 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.

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

Do not come to the university. Please call a GP: Do not visit a GP or hospital without making an appointment!

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

Outside of your doctor's consultation hours, you can contact Oldenburg's emergency service for urgent medical care (Notdienstpraxis Oldenburg) by calling the following telephone number (free of charge and without area code):

116 117

Have you tested positive for COVID-19?

1. Home quarantine

Persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 are quarantined by the public health authority (Gesundheitsamt) for 14 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. Financial support

Losing your job as a consequence of the Corona crisis can mean serious financial problems and have a negative impact on the academic success of international students and doctoral candidates.

Interest-free loans (KfW student loan)

The Student Council (AStA) can grant an interest-free loan of up to EUR 1,000 to bridge financial bottlenecks. Please contact the AStA by e-mail at and state your request and a telephone number.

 

Emergency one-off payments, bridging aid

International students in urgent financial emergencies can contact for advice on further support options.

The Protestant Student Congregation (ESG)  and the Catholic University Congregation (KHG) can also make one-off payments in justified cases. Please use the consultation offer of the respective institution.

 

Emergency one-off payments

Studienstarthilfe:

The Studienstarthilfe is a one-time interest-free loan of up to 500 euros. Its aim is to enable prospective students to take up their studies. The loan is intended in particular to help prospective students from basic income households to finance the enrollment fee.

More information can be found here:

Studentenwerk Oldenburg bridging aid ("Studienstarthilfe")

Nothilfefonds:

The Nothilfefonds of the Studentenwerk Oldenburg supports students in bridging an acute financial emergency situation when other funding or assistance is not effective. A loan from the emergency fund is intended to give students the opportunity to continue their studies. 

More information can be found here: 

Studentenwerk Oldenburg - Nothilfefonds (studentenwerk-oldenburg.de)

Job options

Many jobs in the hospitality sector, i.e. restaurants etc. fell victim to the Corona crisis. Alternatives can be found in supermarkets, delivery services, logistics companies, petrol stations and cleaning companies.

6. Social support

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: 2021-10-18)