Covid-19 Quarantine Guidelines

This information is on the current status, 29.09.2020. We do not assume any responsibility and liability, the duty to inform is up to each individual!

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

  1. You will probably be tested at the airport – but the result will reach you few days later.
  2. You must take the most direct way to your arrival destination, e.g. your apartment in Aachen.
  3. Now the two-week quarantine begins. That means you are not allowed to leave your apartment for this period, not even for grocery shopping. You are also not allowed to have visitors
    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 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, use a private bathroom, if possible. You should also ventilate the room regularly.
  4. Please report immediately to the public health department if you have stayed in a risk area within the last 14 days before your arrival, even if you were already tested!
    Current risk areas can be looked up on the website of the Robert Koch Institute, an English PDF version is provided there.
    Please write an e-mail to with the following information to report your stay in a risk area:
    Date of birth
    Address (in Aachen)
    Phone number
    Country of origin and country of residence before your arrival in Germany
    Date of arrival
    Reason for entry and expected duration of stay
  5. 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 should be completed by your landlord beforehand. The maximum time span to do so is currently extended from two to six weeks.
If you have a valid negative corona test which is not older than 48 hours by the time of your arrival, you can forward the test result to the public health department and end quarantine early after their consent is given.
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.