Personal und Innere Dienste

Corona virus: Advice and information for (business) trips

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Work travel and excursions for urgent reasons only

Work travel abroad continues to be permissible for urgent work reasons only. On 3 June, the German Foreign Office announced it would lift its world travel warning on 15 June. It also announced considerable easing of quarantine regulations for persons entering/ returning to Germany. Despite this, numbers of Covid-19 cases remain high in many countries around the world, leading to problems in local health care systems. Furthermore, the epidemiological situation at the destination may change quickly. 
University employees planning work travel are therefore urged to discuss the matter beforehand with their superior. She or he will decide on the degree of urgency, erring on the side of caution. Work travel may only be approved if the risks of illness or of problems with the outward or return journey appear manageable due to the respective conditions at the destination and en route. In this context, the person applying for work travel must check whether travelers returning from the respective country are in danger of having to enter quarantine for 14 days. For further information on quarantine regulations, see the "Faculty and staff who have stayed abroad" section.

Persons applying for work travel are obliged to review these matters beforehand on the basis of data provided by the German Foreign Office and Federal Government, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the Robert Koch Institute and the World Health Organisation. The results of this review must be presented to the applicant’s superior with the application for work travel approval. In the interests of their own health and safety, all employees are urged to check the current conditions at their destination again immediately prior to any approved work travel, and, if necessary, to cancel their work travel plans. 

The provisions set out above apply equally to excursions. Furthermore, the approval and carrying-out of excursions are subject to stricter conditions, which may be found in the University’s hygiene regulations for the Covid-19 pandemic (German only).

German Foreign Office website: 
German government website:  
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: 
Robert Koch Institute website: 
World Health Organisation website:  
Baden-Württemberg state government website with quarantine measures for the prevention of SARS-Cov-2 (Corona-Verordnung Einreise-Quarantäne – CoronaVO EQ), required of those entering/returning: 

Your journey was cancelled

Refund instead of voucher

Several transport companies have been forced to cancel their trips due to Covid-19 measures and now offer vouchers instead of refunds. On the basis of the EU Commission's communication "Interpretative Guidelines on EU passenger rights regulations in the context of the developing situation with Covid-19", vouchers do not have to be accepted as refunds. Please insist on a refund of the total amount. If you have already accepted a voucher, you should also apply for a reimbursement, as a refund in form of a voucher is not compatible with EU law and can therefore not be valid.

The German government now wants to see this regulation changed by the EU and is striving for a regulation that obliges travellers to accept a voucher instead of a refund. Since there is a possibility that this regulation will also apply retroactively, we ask you to request a refund as soon as possible.

If advance payments have been made by the University of Tübingen, the refunds from the transport companies must be returned to the University.

After returning from a journey

Entering or returning to Germany from abroad

On 15 June, the federal and state governments have considerably relaxed the quarantine regulations for people entering Germany. However, the obligation to go into quarantine and report to the health authorities still applies if

If you are entering from a risk area, you can be exempt from the quarantine obligation if you have a medical certificate that proves that you are not infected with the novel corona virus. Details can be found on the following information page of the Robert Koch Institute: 

Please note: The quarantine obligation can also be imposed again at short notice by the health authorities on persons entering or returning to Germany from countries that are currently not on the list of risk areas (as of 2 July 2020). If the number of new infections in a country exceeds the critical value of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants within 7 days, all travelers are obliged to undergo home quarantine for 14 days after entering or returning to Germany.

Before you leave and again before you return, please inform yourself about the current situation on the webpage of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Social Affairs mentioned above as well as on the following webpage of the Robert Koch Institute: (in German only)

Advice for returnees at the Tübingen Public Health Office

Hotline:  07071/207-3600, Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm  (in German only)

In case of symptoms, contact a doctor

If you suffer typical symptoms like fever or respiratory problems, please see your doctor straight away. It is important that you phone first to announce your visit. Please contact your superiors afterwards by telephone.

Advice from the university medical service

The University medical service is also available for advice:  +49 7071 29-87092, daily 8.30am to 1.30pm. 

FAQs on labor law

The Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has published a webpage with FAQs on labor law: Coronavirus: Arbeitsrechtliche Auswirkungen (in German only)

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