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!
Step-by-step guide: Your arrival in Germany
Before your arrival
- 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.
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
- 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.
- Alternatively, you can enter the country without testing, but then you have to go into quarantine for 10 days.
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 email@example.com.
▶ 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.
- 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)
These are the current regulations, status September 2020. Updates on regulations can be found on https://www.land.nrw/de/corona-multilingual.
- Medical face masks (e.g. FFP2) are mandatory in all public places of shopping, cultural and leisure facilities (e.g. stores, supermarkets, cinemas, and restaurants), health care facilities (e.g. doctors' practices) and public transport (bus, train and cabs).
▶ Make sure the face mask covers your mouth as well as your nose completely and fits tightly.
▶ For non-compliance the fine is EUR 50 to 150.
- Only shops for daily needs and necessary service providers in the medical and craft sectors are open.
- The gastronomy is closed.
- It is not permitted for a household to meet more than one person from another household.
- If you find out that you have had contact with a Covid-19-positive person in the last 14 days, please contact the public health department.
|Everyone can help fight the corona virus and protect fellow human beings, especially elderly people or persons with pre-existing conditions. Keep contact with other people to a minimum and limit yourself to a constant group. Keep at least 1.5 meters distance from other people, wash your hands regularly during the day, and wear a mouth-nose cover.
Grocery shopping in quarantine
Use online services, for example:
Rewe delivery service: https://shop.rewe.de/
Edeka delivery service: https://www.edeka24.de/
▶ Websites in German language only
▶ Ask for deliveries to be left at the entrance to your apartment
▶ If you move into a shared apartment you can ask your roommates to get you something or share their food with you.
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.