Covid-19 Quarantine Guidelines

This information is on the current status, 22.01.2021. We do not assume any responsibility and liability, each individual needs to inform themselves in detail!

Please keep updated: In Germany, you can obtain reliable information from the Robert Koch-Institute (RKI), the Federal Center for Health Education (Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung, BZgA) or the Ministry of Health (Bundesministerium für Gesundheit, BMG). Please also refer to the latest information from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Step-by-step guide: Your arrival in Germany

Before your arrival

  1. You can choose between getting a COVID test max. 24 hours before or immediately after your arrival or, alternatively, enter a 10-day domestic quarantine after arrival.
  2. Please register your entry here and report to the public health department.

    When registering, they will check whether you have previously been in a risk area. Current risk areas are listed on the website of the Robert Koch Institute, you can find an English PDF version of it there.

After your arrival

  1. There is no quarantine requirement, if you are from a risk area other than Great Britain and South Africa and were tested negative on entry (according to 1.). If you have had a PCR test, please go into domestic quarantine until you get your negative test result.
  2. Alternatively, you can enter the country without testing, but then you have to go into quarantine for 10 days.
  3. If you enter from the risk areas of Great Britain or South Africa, you need to go into 10-day domestic quarantine. Even if the test result is negative, the quarantine has to last AT LEAST 5 days. You also immediately need to contact the health department at

    Domestic quarantine means you need to stay in your apartment for this period, you are not allowed to go grocery shopping. You are also not allowed to have visitors.

    Even with a negative test result, a 5-day quarantine has to be maintained.

    Anyone who does not comply with the quarantine rules is committing an illegal act. This can be punished with a fine of up to EUR 25,000.

    If you cannot avoid contact with other people, please wear a medical face mask and keep as much distance from them as possible, minimum 1.5 meters.

    If you have a shared apartment, please try to avoid contact to your roommates as much as possible. Wash your hands regularly, disinfect surfaces, and use a private bathroom, if possible. You should also air the room regularly.

  4. Make an appointment for registering your residence here. You have to complete a registration application form (“Meldeschein”) and present it to the municipal office, together with your passport and a certification of residence (“Wohnungsgeberbestätigung”), which your landlord needs to fill out beforehand.
Current regulations in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
Useful tips
Grocery shopping in quarantine

RWTH Aachen University and RWTH International Academy

RWTH Aachen University regularly published updates about the effects of the pandemic on university life. Please keep up to date with the information provided here.

You are not allowed to visit RWTH Aachen University and RWTH International Academy and their buildings, if you feel sick or if you are under quarantine! If in doubt, always make an appointment in advance by phone or e-mail and do not go anywhere unannounced.