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Welcome Service, International Office

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 28 June 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.
Is vaccination compulsory in Germany?
No. Vaccination against the coronavirus is voluntary.

 

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

A distinction is made between countries without risk and different risk areas: normal risk areas, risk areas with a virus mutation and risk areas with a particularly high incidence. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) identifies international risk areas. Please note that this list changes constantly.

1.    Digital entry form

Please note: If you are entering Germany from abroad and have been in a risk 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.    Negative Corona test
As of 1 August 2021, anyone entering Germany is required to show proof of no SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection (vaccine, test, convalescent) upon entry, whether or not they have been in a high-risk or virus variant area.
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.
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!

3.    Quarantine?

a)    Entry from a high-risk area 

  • 10-day quarantine
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  • 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). An overview of the current development status of the various vaccines can be found on the EMA  website.

 

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.

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 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). If you enter Germany from a risk area, only a buddy/ tutor may pick up your keys for you (an appointment is 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 28 June 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. More details will follow.

Is the university open?

From 10 June 2021, 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? Are medical masks provided by the university?

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. This provision has been in effectsince February 1, 2021.

The medical masks will be made available to members of the University of Oldenburg (i.e. employees and students) as warranted and needed. Students receive the medical masks for compulsory examinations / courses in presence by the responsible persons.

Is the university restaurant (Mensa) open?

There is a take-away offer in the Mensa Uhlhornsweg from 11:30 to 13:30. It is also possible to eat on site. An appointment must be booked in advance via an online reservation system.

From Wednesday, 2 June 2021, soups or stews will be available to take away from the Wechloy Cafeteria.

Mensa reservation system (in German)

Will the university libraries remain open?

The central library at the Haarentor location will be open Mondays to Fridays from 10:00 to 20:00 and the departmental library at the Wechloy campus will be open Mondays to Fridays from 10:00 to 13:00. The book and scan ordering service via the online form is available for both locations.

The media library remains closed.

Opening hours of the university library

3. Situation in Oldenburg and Germany (as of 28 June 2021)

How many people am I allowed to meet with?

Relaxations are tied to the regional incidence rate. The following do not count towards these limits:
•    Couples count as one household.
•    children up to 14 years;
•    persons accompanying or caring for people with a disability or in need of care;
•    Fully vaccinated or recovered individuals

1.    Incidence of up to 10 - contact arrangements and private meetings in Lower Saxony

Kontaktregelungen und private Zusammenkünfte in Niedersachsen bei einer Inzidenz bis 10Inside private gatherings may consist of up to 25 people and outside up to 50 people, regardless of the number of households.

Private gatherings include gatherings with family and friends, as well as any other type of gathering or celebration; i.e. this rule generally applies inside apartments, houses, properties, gardens or in public (in the open air such as in a park, pedestrian zone or forest as well as in enclosed public spaces).


2.    Contact arrangements and private meetings in Lower Saxony with an incidence between 10 and 35

Kontaktregelungen und private Zusammenkünfte in Niedersachsen bei einer Inzidenz von 10 bis 35If the incidence is between 10 and 35, a maximum of 10 people may meet, regardless of the number of households.
At the same time, the coming together of one household with two persons from another household remains permissible, with no limit on the number of persons.

3.    Contact arrangements and private meetings in Lower Saxony with an incidence between 35 and 50


Kontaktregelungen und private Zusammenkünfte in Niedersachsen bei einer Inzidenz von 35-50In regions where the incidence has increased again (35 to 50), meetings of three households with up to 10 persons are allowed (10-out-of-3 rule).
At the same time, the coming together of one household with two persons from another household remains permissible, with no limit on the number of persons.


4.    Incidence of more than 50 - contact arrangements and private meetings in Lower SaxonyKontaktregelungen und private Zusammenkünfte in Niedersachsen bei einer Inzidenz von über 50

A household may meet with a maximum of two people from another household.

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

What rules apply to shopping?

A medical mask must be worn in shops, and a minimum distance of 1.5m to 2m must be maintained. Many supermarkets require that you use a shopping trolley.

Depending on the incidence rate, the rules can change for shops.

Effective Tuesday, 25 May 2021: Customers in areas with a stable incidence rate of under 50 will no longer have to present a test for shopping. This includes the city of Oldenburg.

Are restaurants and cafés open?

Yes, catering establishments are open again. Indoors, a medical mask is mandatory - when seated at a table, guests can remove their masks. Customer data must always be documented.

Are clubs open and large events (e.g. concerts) allowed?

Yes, but in discos and clubs, as well as establishments for the consumption of shisha pipes, masks are now compulsory (even when dancing), and a hygiene concept with a limit of 50 percent capacity is required. Contact details may only be collected digitally during the visit.

What cultural activities are permitted?

If the incidence is stable below 35: Visits to cultural institutions such as museums or galleries are possible without compulsory testing or capacity restrictions. Theatres, concert halls and cinemas can offer indoor and outdoor screenings with a checkerboard seating arrangement. If the incidence is less than 35, testing is not mandatory.

Singing at church services or other religious events is again permitted.

Zoological and botanical gardens can be visited without testing. A medical mask must be worn indoors.

Am I allowed to travel within Germany?

If the incidence rate exceeds 100, the nationwide "emergency brake" is applied. Tourist travel should be avoided.
If the incidence rate is below 100, the regulations of the federal states in their respective coronavirus protection decrees take effect. The regulations may therefore vary depending on the incidence rate and the federal state.

Tourist overnight stays are permitted within Lower Saxony. Guests who have not been fully vaccinated or recovered must provide proof of a negative test upon arrival and at least twice per week.

Do I have to self-quarantine if I have been in a German risk area?

No. However, it makes sense to look out for possible symptoms of illness.

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: 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.

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 atLaborkreis GmbH, Elbestraße 7.

Corona test centres in Oldenburg (website in German)

Do fully vaccinated and recovered individuals have advantages?

Fully vaccinated people can meet again in unlimited numbers. In addition, they are no longer obligated to go into quarantine after contact with infected persons or undergo testing e.g. when going to a restaurant. However, they still have to wear a mask and are obliged to comply with distancing regulations. Full vaccination status is achieved 15 days after the 2nd vaccination date. Vaccinations abroad are only recognised if the vaccine used has an EU approval.

For a fully recovered status, you must be able to provide proof that you had Covid-19 in the past six months. Evidence required is a positive PCR test and letters from the relevant health authority.

Where do I have to wear a (medical) mask?

Medical respirator masks are also referred to as surgical masks or masks of the standards KN95/N95 or FFP2. Respirator masks with exhalation valve are not permitted.

In Lower Saxony, the obligation to wear a medical mask applies in the following places/situations in particular:

  • In all rooms of the city authority open to the public
  • In enclosed rooms which are open to the public, as well as in their entrance areas and on the car parks
  • Shops and markets, including the entrance areas and car parks
  • On public transport, i.e. in the means of transport (buses, trams, trains, taxis, ferries) and in stations, at stops and on their waiting areas
  • In businesses which provide personal grooming services
  • In the area of health care or nursing care
  • At religious events

Corona regulations of the City of Oldenburg (in German)

Are there exceptions from the obligation to wear a mask?

The only exceptions are children up to the age of 6 years and people who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons. These people must carry evidence of the medical reasons.

Children between the ages of 6 and 14 do not need to wear medical masks; standard masks are sufficient for them.

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 atLaborkreis 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.

The KfW student loan programme (interest free) has been opened up for non-EU international students who are currently unable to finance their studies due to the Corona crisis. You can apply for this loan programme until 14 February, 2021. Your can receive a monthly rate of max. EUR 650.
KFW student loan

Emergency one-off payments, bridging aid ("Überbrückungshilfe")

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.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is helping students who are demonstrably in a financial or economic emergency situation owing to the corona pandemic with allowances totalling 100 million euros. For the University of Oldenburg, the allowances are paid out via the student service organisation "Studentenwerk Oldenburg":

Studentenwerk Oldenburg bridging aid ("Überbrückungshilfe")

I cannot pay my living expenses due to the Corona crisis

As a rule, contracts may not be terminated if you have financial difficulties due to a loss of employment caused by the Corona crisis! The same applies to electricity, gas and telephone lines. If you are currently unable to make payments, you should actively contact the relevant office, e.g. your landlord, your health insurance company, your mobile phone company, the broadcasting fees office, etc.

If you are living in a hall of residence run by the student service organisation (Studentenwerk Oldenburg) and can no longer pay your rent, please contact the accounting department of the Studentenwerk directly with appropriate proof (e.g. certificates, termination of employment by your employer, etc.): . The accounting department will then try to find a solution.

If you live in private accommodation and have rent debts between 1 April and 30 June 2020, you will be given the opportunity to pay the rent you have defaulted on until the end of June 2022.

Other 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: 2021-09-07)