COVID-19 & Quarantine Information for International Students

Entering Germany

If you enter Germany from abroad, you must observe the applicable entry and quarantine regulations. Since changes are often announced at very short notice by the authorities, we ask you to regularly check the pages of the

Federal Ministry of the Interior

and the Federal Ministry of Health.

From 8 November, you are required to conduct a digital registration on entry if you spent time in a risk area within 10 days prior to your entry. Please enter information on the places you stayed over the previous 10 days on the website www.einreiseanmeldung.de. After filling in all of the necessary information, you will receive a PDF file as confirmation. Before transporting you, your carrier will check whether you are in possession of a confirmation. Otherwise, the carrier will not be allowed to take you. Should you, in exceptional cases, be unable to conduct a digital registration on entry, you are instead required to fill out a substitute registration on paper.

How can I travel to Nordhausen?

You may travel from your airport of arrival to Nordhausen by public transport (please wear a mouth and nose protection). The quarantine obligation begins upon arrival at your place of residence.

With respect to entry into Germany from areas of variants of concern, a ban on carriage – subject to a very limited set of exceptions – applies to the transport of persons via rail, bus, ship or plane directly from those countries.

From 1 August 2021, all travellers entering the country, irrespective of whether or not they spent time in a high incidence area or area of variant of concern, are obligated upon entry to present proof of the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (test result or proof of vaccination or recovery). In the context of policing cross-border traffic into Germany, such proof may also be demanded by the Federal Police or other responsible authority. Persons travelling by air must already present such proof to their carrier before departure.

Who has to go into quarantine?

Anyone who enters Germany having spent time in a high incidence area up to 10 days before their arrival is obliged to proceed directly to their own home or other suitable accommodation and self-isolate there for 10 days (14 days if you are entering from a risk area that is an area of variant of concern).

Home quarantine can be ended prematurely by submitting proof of vaccination or of recovery or negative test result via the Federal Republic’s travel portal at www.einreiseanmeldung.de. This applies to all persons entering Germany following a stay in a high incidence area. Quarantine can be ended after you have submitted proof. If this proof is already submitted before entry, no quarantine is necessary.

If you spent time in a high incidence area prior to entry, testing may at the earliest be conducted five days after entry. If you spent time in an area of variant of concern, quarantine lasts for a period of 14 days and can only ended prematurely, if, during the self-isolation period following entry into Germany, an area of variants of concern is downgraded, the end of self-isolation is governed by the regulations for this type of area or special case of ending quarantine owing to de-listing. Home quarantine also automatically ends if the area concerned is no longer listed under www.rki.de/risikogebiete (known as de-listing).

During the quarantine, you are required to inform the local health department if you have typical symptoms (cough, fever, sneezing, infection-related shortness of breath) that indicate infection with the coronavirus.

Where can I be quarantined after arrival?

If you have rented a room from Studierendenwerk, please discuss directly with them when you can move in.

Where can I take a corona test in Nordhausen?

You can take the test (PCR test or rapid antigen test) in Nordhausen at a local doctor's office: White list database with doctor’s offices (only available in German), you can make an appointment at a test center in Nordhausen by calling +49 116 117 or +49 3631 911 9201 or sending an e-mail to  corona-testlrandh.thueringen.de  or you can also take the test after entering the country (e.g. at the airport).

Appointments for rapid antigen tests can also be booked here.

Who will look after me during my quarantine?

If you have rented a room from Studierendenwerk you can contact them if you need help and support, such as shopping or urgent errands.

The dorm tutors are also there for you. You can find their contact details here.

And of course you can contact the International Office.

How does the quarantine look like?

  • If you live with other people, you should stay in different rooms and not sleep in the same room to avoid infection.
  • Make sure to wash your hands regularly.
  • Follow the cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Air living rooms and bedrooms well.
  • Do not share household items such as dishes, laundry and towels.
  • If possible, use a private bathroom.
  • Do not share hygiene products.
  • Surfaces such as door handles, tables, shelves should be cleaned regularly and thoroughly and, if possible, disinfected.
  • Meals should be taken separately.
  • During quarantine, distract yourself with pleasant activities. You can shorten your time with exercises for physical activity, cooking, reading, online learning, watching movies, etc.
  • Despite isolation, stay connected to other people, especially if you live alone. Get the support of friends, family and others. Try to stay in touch with them by phone, mail or online. Let them know you want to stay connected and let this become your daily routine. This is important for your mental well-being.
  • Ask others who are not in quarantine to go shopping for you. If it is not possible, we recommend using alternative shopping methods such as online sales and delivery in a secure way, with the delivery person not entering your home and delivering the package to your front door.