Uni-Tübingen

Information for incoming students with regard to the corona virus / COVID-19 (Updated on March 2022)

For general information and recommendation on COVID-19 and its effects on the University, see our webpages on the corona virus.

Please note: These FAQ are an advisory, but not a binding legal advice. Only official government institutions publish legal corona rules (“Verordnungen”). Links to the relevant institutions are provided in the FAQ. Please note that you are obligated to keep yourself informed.

FAQs for incoming students

Vaccination for international students - latest information (updated March 2022)

Hotline languages

Information on the Corona hotline (info on tests, mandatory testing, vaccination, quarantine, visa, entry) is now also available in Turkish, Arabic, English and Russian:
+49711 / 410 11160

Vaccination

  • All students can get vaccinated.
  • Health insurance is not required.
  • You can also be vaccinated if you have already been vaccinated with a non-recognized vaccine.

There are 2 main ways to get vaccinated:

  • at one-time vaccination events
  • at so-called pop-up vaccination centers

 

The following website lists one-time vaccination offers. Here you only can be vaccinated if you have not had any covid vaccinations yet:
https://www.dranbleiben-bw.de/en/#impfaktionen

 

At the pop-up vaccination centers you can get your first and second vaccination. You can also get the booster shot, if you have been vaccinated with a vaccine that has been approved in Germany. The interval for the booster is four weeks if you got Johnson&Johnson the first time around, and three months for all other vaccines (i.e. three months after your second shot).

You can get vaccinated with and without booking an appointment. Without appointment waiting time is possible.
You can book your appointment at one of the centers by clicking on “Zur Online-Terminbuchung (Landkreis Tübingen und Reutlingen)” on the following website (only German):
https://www.medizin.uni-tuebingen.de/de/pop-up-impforte
Appointment booking guide as pdf document: booking vaccination

 

General information on COVID-19 vaccinations can be found on https://www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus/schutzimpfung.html and, in relation to the mRNA vaccine used, on https://www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus/schutzimpfung/impfstoffe-gegen-covid-19.html#c15449 and https://www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus/fragen-und-antworten/alles-zu-den-impfstoffen/impfstofftypen.html#faq4558.

 

Which vaccines are approved in the EU?

All vaccines approved in the EU can be found here:
https://www.pei.de/EN/newsroom/dossier/coronavirus/coronavirus-content.html?cms_pos=3
Only if you have been vaccinated with one of these vaccines, you are considered vaccinated in Germany. Otherwise you are considered unvaccinated.

Important notice for Covishield and other licensed vaccines:
Covishield vaccination is recognized in the EU. If you were vaccinated (...) with Covishield, please note that your vaccination certificate must contain your passport number or date of birth. Reference to Aadhaar number is not sufficient.

I have already been vaccinated, but the vaccine is not authorized in the EU. What now?

If you have been vaccinated with a foreign-approved version of an EU-approved vaccine (original or licensed production), that vaccination is recognized here and is equivalent to EU-approved vaccines for proof of vaccine protection.
All EU-approved vaccines are listed here: https://www.pei.de/DE/newsroom/dossier/coronavirus/coronavirus-inhalt.html?nn=169730&cms_pos=3

If you have been vaccinated with any other vaccine, you are considered unvaccinated and may experience some disadvantages, depending on the current regulations. For example, you might have to show a current rapid test to go to a restaurant or attend an event, or you might not be able to go there at all. This also applies to the university, for updates on regulations check your emails regularly and see also https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/university/information-on-the-corona-virus/news-on-the-corona-virus/.
However, you have the possibility to be vaccinated with a vaccine that is authorized in the EU. Then you are considered vaccinated.

The following website lists doctor's offices who offer the Corona vaccination (unfortunately only available in German):
www.kvbawue.de/buerger/notfallpraxen/corona-anlaufstellen/corona-karte/
Select Tübingen at "Landkreis" and directly below "Corona-Schwerpunktpraxis". Then you will get a list of doctors who offer the Corona vaccination - even if you have already been vaccinated with a vaccine that is not authorized in the EU.

All information about a Covid-19 vaccination here in Tübingen can be found here: 
Vaccination for international students - latest information

Do I have to take a Covid-19 test before I enter Germany?

It depends: 

Yes, if you come from a virus mutation area/area of concern, you must take a PCR test (max. 48 h old) before departure to Germany and be able to prove your test result upon entry. A proof of vaccination or a proof of recovery is not sufficient. Despite the test you must be quarantined for 14 days. 
You can see how your country of origin is classified here:  
https://www.rki.de/risikogebiete 
(scroll down till “Archiv der ausgewiesenen Risikogebiete seit 15.6.2020“ => English) 

No, if you are coming from a high risk/high incidence area or an unclassified area, a negative test is not required for entry if you are vaccinated or recovered. Otherwise, you must be able to prove a test that is max. 48 hours old upon entry (rapid test or PCR); in case of entry using a carrier and where a PCR test result is available, the time at which departure begins is decisive However, please note: After a stay in a high-risk area travellers must self-isolate for 10 days, after a stay in an area of variant of concern for 14 days. 

Please use the official information provided by the Federal Ministry in many languages:
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/coronavirus-infos-reisende/info-sheet.html  

Which requirements your test proof must fulfill, you can read here:
Information on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in Germany (Federal Foreign Office) 

For detailed information please see the website of the federal ministry of health:
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/faq-tests-einreisende-englisch.html#c20266 

Can I enter Germany?

Restrictions on travel from countries with coronavirus variants

Yes, as a student you are allowed to enter. This applies even if you are not vaccinated.
Information on how to get vaccinated in Germany can be found here.

Please note: "Students are required to present an admission notice issued by the institution of higher education." (Source)


These and many other questions are answered in this FAQ:
https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/coronavirus-faqs.html

There is an entry restriction for my country and I am not vaccinated. Can I still enter the country?

Yes, as a student you are allowed to enter. This applies even if you are not vaccinated.
Information on how to get vaccinated in Germany can be found here.

Please note: "Students are required to present an admission notice issued by the institution of higher education."
(Source: Please see the answer to the question "Are apprentices, students, school pupils, au pairs, volunteers, trainees and participants in language courses and vocational training measures from outside of the European Union allowed to enter Germany?")


These and many other questions are answered in this FAQ:
https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/coronavirus-faqs.html

Is there an official FAQ on the subject of entry?

FAQs on this topic can be found at the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Ministry of Health:

Federal Ministry of the Interior
https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/coronavirus-faqs.html#doc13797140bodyText3

Federal Ministry of Health
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/service/gesetze-und-verordnungen/guv-19-lp/coronavirus-einreiseverordnung.html

General information about entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in Germany:
https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/coronavirus/2317268

What do I have to take into account when entering Germany?

Before entering Germany, you must register with the authorities through this portal:
www.einreiseanmeldung.de

Please check shortly before your departure if you are entering from a Covid-19 risk area (high incidece area or area of variant of concern), or have been there in the 10 days prior to your entry.  The risk areas are listed here:
https://www.rki.de/risikogebiete
(scroll down till “Archiv der ausgewiesenen Risikogebiete seit 15.6.2020“ => English)

If you are entering Germany from one of these areas, or have been in one of these areas in the 10 days prior to your entry, you must quarantine yourself.
Please contact us at least five days prior to your arrival in Germany and inform us of your Tübingen address and estimated time of arrival: coronaservice-incomingspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Quarantine duration
Virus variant area
14 days
If you have no symptoms, no test is necessary at the end of the quarantine period.

High-risk area
10 days (or 0 days if proof of vaccination or proof recovery).
From the 5th day you can take a test and end the quarantine by a negative rapid test or PCR test.
Please note: The day of entry is not counted. So the 5th day is after the 5th night.
If you have no symptoms, no test is necessary at the end of the quarantine period.

If you have to go into quarantine, after your arrival in Germany you must go directly to your dormitory or apartment. You are not allowed to make a stopover for shopping or visiting an authority or office hours. Picking up the key for your dormitory room from the caretaker is allowed. You are not allowed to leave your apartment, e.g. to go shopping or for a walk. Food can usually be brought to you by your roommates from the supermarket if they are going there anyway. You can also order food online (e.g. store.rewe.de, www.dm.de, ...) or order delivery food. Please always use shared kitchens or rooms alone and wear a mask outside your room. 

As the regulations change quickly, we link here to the Federal Ministry of Health, which provides a summary in English and other languages:
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus/infos-reisende/einreise-sms-sprachen.html

More information can be found here:
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/service/gesetze-und-verordnungen/guv-19-lp/coronavirus-einreiseverordnung.html

FAQ about entry and quarantine:
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/faq-tests-einreisende-englisch.html

Official information in other languages can be found here:
https://sozialministerium.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/gesundheit-pflege/gesundheitsschutz/infektionsschutz-hygiene/informationen-zu-coronavirus/informationen-in-mehreren-sprachen/

 

In which language do I have to present my Corona documents (for example, test results, vaccination certificates, medical certificates, etc.)?

These documents must be presented in either German, English or French.

What are the Covid-19 regulations at the University of Tübingen?

You can find an overview of the regulations here:

https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/university/information-on-the-corona-virus/

Where can I take a Covid-19 test?

The rapid tests are free of charge.

There are two types of tests that are relevant for you, e.g. to end your quarantine:
Rapid tests and PCR tests. You will receive the test result of a PCR test after one to three days. The result of a rapid test you will receive on the same day. You will need to keep the test result for 14 more days and carry it with you, but you do not need to send it anywhere.
You can do both in Tübingen. Below we explain where you can take a test and how to make an appointment.

There are many options for a professional rapid test, we would like to mention the most important ones here. These tests are accepted to end your quarantine early after 5 days (after 5 nights), if you are coming from a high risk area/high incidence area and not from virus mutation area (area of concern).

Professional Corona rapid tests can also be carried out in many pharmacies by medical staff. 
Often it is also possible to make an appointment directly on the website of the pharmacy. Since the appointment booking for the tests in the pharmacies is unfortunately only possible in German, we have written instructions for booking appointments for you (updated August 2021):

pharmaphant Apotheke (city centre, next to the main station)
Europaplatz 2/1
72072 Tübingen
Close to the quarantine hotel!

Trapp'sche Apotheke (in the city centre/old Tübingen)
Neue Str. 5
72070 Tübingen

Apotheke im Kaufland (near the city centre, in the direction of Südstadt and the French quarter)
Reutlinger Str. 44
72072 Tübingen
(printer required)

Apotheke im e-center (near the city centre, in the direction of Südstadt and the French quarter)
Eugenstraße 74
72072 Tübingen

https://www.tuebingen.de/corona#/34617 gives an overview of all additional  COVID-19 test stations in Tübingen. 
Certificates based on a negative rapid test are recognized by the university in all courses as long as the test result is no older than 24 hours. Certificates based on a negative PCR test may be no older than 48 hours. 

It is best to walk to the test station or pharmacy. It is not allowed to use public transportation if you are in quarantine and currently also if you are not either fully vaccinated, recovered, or tested. If you have severe difficulties in reaching a test center, please contact: coronaservice-incomingspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de. We may find a way for you to get there anyway. 

There are test centers in Tübingen where you can take a PCR- test. You do not need to make an appointment. The test is not usually paid for by German health insurance unless you are suspected of being infected with Covid-19 (positive rapid test, an alarm in the corona warn app is not sufficient). In that case, the local health authority will ask for the test and you do not have to pay anything. 

Here you can find all further information about the test center at CeGaT, at the “Festplatz” (65 €):
https://www.cegat.de/en/diagnostics/corona-diagnostics/coronavirus-test/ 

You can also do a PCR test at the "pharmaphant" pharmacy at Europaplatz (address: Europapl. 2/1, 72072 Tübingen)(75€):
https://01.apo-schnelltest.de/schritt-1?a=16  

 

I have a positive Covid-19 test or feel sick. What should I do?

Please go into quarantine immediately so as not to infect anyone else and contact us: coronaservice-incomingspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

What to do if your self-test or rapid test is positive can be found here:
https://sozialministerium.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/gesundheit-pflege/gesundheitsschutz/infektionsschutz-hygiene/informationen-zu-coronavirus/informationen-in-mehreren-sprachen/
Scroll to "Self-Test: I have done a self-test and it is positive (PDF)" or "Rapid Test: My rapid test is positive (PDF)".

In which case can I get support from the quarantine service of the University of Tübingen?

If you are new to Germany and may need to be quarantined, you are welcome to contact the Quarantine Service: coronaservice-incomingspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de.

Please prepare before your trip, organise the pickup of the dormitory key from the caretaker (attention, opening hours!) and buy enough non-perishable food for the quarantine period.
Food can also usually be brought by your flatmates from the supermarket if they go there anyway. You can also order food online (e.g. store.rewe.de, www.dm.de, ...) or order food from a delivery service.

Whom can I contact with questions with regard to the matriculation via e-mail or health insurance?

Questions about matriculation via e-mail:

Bachelor, State Exam, free mover: studyspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Master: study.masterspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Exchange and ERASMUS: sean.haworthspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Questions about health insurance: susanne.heldspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

I want to sign a contract for a room in a student’s residence of the Studierendenwerk, but I am still not sure whether I will be able to come to Tübingen. What should I do?

After signing the contract for a room in the student’s residence of the Studierendenwerk you can cancel it within two weeks. After this period, you have a period of notice of six months. This means you would have to pay for six months, even if you were not able to come to Tübingen e.g. because of problems with regard to visa. Therefore we recommend you to only sign a contract for a room, when you have your visa and are sure you will be able to travel to Tübingen.

FAQs for degree-seeking students

Is there still any personal study counselling?

Please understand that the personal study counselling can only be guaranteed in emergencies.  However, we offer a counter where documents can be handed in if necessary. For telephone or video counselling, please contact your admission or study advisor by email.   

Must I expect any kind of discriminations?

In individual cases of discrimination have become known. However, Tübingen is generally a very friendly and cosmopolitan city and you have nothing to fear.

 

May I postpone my admission to the next semester?

A new application is necessary in any case.  In non-restricted subjects a new admission will not be a problem. In subjects with restricted admission, please contact the Admissions Office.