Uni-Tübingen

Information for incoming students with regard to the corona virus / COVID-19 (Updated on 9th June 2021)

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

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

From 30 March, travellers must prove before departure that they are not infected with the coronavirus. The test must not be older than 48 hours. Otherwise, carriage is not possible. The costs for the test must be payed by the travellers.

This is controlled either by your airline, an authority or the police. Without the test, you will not be allowed to fly to Germany.

Regulations for entering Germany:
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/coronavirus-infos-reisende/information-sheetdropout-card.html

Further official information can be found here:
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/coronavirus/current-information-for-travellers.html

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/

 

Can I enter Germany?

Restrictions on travel from countries with coronavirus variants

A travel ban has been imposed on countries with widespread occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus variants of concern (referred to as “areas of variant of concern”). Transport companies, e.g. air carriers and railway companies, may not transport any persons from these countries to Germany. There are only a few, strictly defined exceptions to this travel ban, namely for:

  • Persons who are resident in Germany with a current right to reside in the country
  • Persons on connecting flights, who do not leave the transit zone of an international airport
  • Few other special cases

All those who qualify for the above-mentioned exceptions are equally required to complete an online registration form and must present a negative COVD-19 test result prior to entry. Further information is provided below.

Travellers can find more information about the travel ban on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. The list of “areas of variant of concern” is published on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

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/coronavirus/current-information-for-travellers.html

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

Please check shortly before your departure if you are entering from a Covid-19 risk area, a high incidence area, or an area of variant of concern, or have been there in the 10 days prior to your entry.  Information can be found here:

https://www.rki.de/risikogebiete
(scroll down till “Archiv der ausgewiesenen Risikogebiete seit 15.6.2020“ => English)

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/en/coronavirus-infos-reisende/information-sheetdropout-card.html

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, 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

 

Before entering Germany, you must register with the authorities through this portal:

www.einreiseanmeldung.de

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 now under quarantine for 10-14 days, depending on whether you entered from a risk area, high incidence area or virus variant area. 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. 

Following a stay in a simple risk area, home quarantine can be ended prematurely by submitting a negative test result via the Federal Republic’s travel portal at https://einreiseanmeldung.de. Quarantine can be ended after you have submitted your negative test result. If this proof is already submitted before entry, no quarantine is necessary.

If you spent time in a high-incidence area prior to entry, testing may at the earliest be conducted on the fifth day of quarantine. The day you arrive is not counted. If you spent time in an area of variants of concern, quarantine lasts for a period of 14 days and CANNOT be ended prematurely. If you have no symptoms, no test is necessary at the end of the quarantine period.

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/

More detailed information can be found here:
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/coronavirus/current-information-for-travellers.html

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.

Are there any exceptions to the quarantine and testing requirement for vaccinated persons when entering the country?

Quarantine at home may be ended prematurely if proof of recovery, proof of vaccination or a negative test result is submitted via the Federal Republic of Germany entry portal https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de. If you have spent time in a high-incidence area prior to entry, the relevant test may not be conducted earlier than five days after entry. Following a stay in an area of variants of concern, the duration of quarantine may not be shortened.

For entries from risk and high incidence areas, there is no obligation to quarantine if proof can be provided that the second dose of an EU-approved vaccine was administered at least 14 days ago (you can check them here).  

In the case of vaccines requiring more than one dose, vaccination is nevertheless considered to be completed after one dose if the person concerned has previously undergone infection with the coronavirus and can prove this with a PCR test.
When entering the country from virus variant areas, even vaccinated persons must go into quarantine, as infection with certain virus variants of concern could lead to a reduced effect of the vaccination protection.
Due to the emergence of new virus variants of concern (such as P.1), it is necessary to no longer extend the exemption from the quarantine obligation for recovered persons already provided for to entry from virus variant areas in future.

Source: https://sozialministerium.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/service/presse/pressemitteilung/pid/neue-regeln-fuer-geimpfte-bei-einreise-und-absonderung/

Information in several languages can be found here: Information about Coronavirus in other Languages
 

 

Are there exceptions to the quarantine and testing obligations for vaccinated or recovered persons in the case of contact with infected persons?

  • Members of the household and close contacts of infected persons are generally obligated to isolate themselves; there is an exception to this for vaccinated persons and for recovered persons, as long as the infection did not occur more than six months ago.
    There are also exceptions to this exemption:
    • Recovered persons are not exempt from the isolation obligation if a virus variant of concern (other than variant B.1.1.7) has been detected in the infected contact person. However, if the recovered persons have recovered from the same variant of the virus of concern, the exemption applies again.
    • Recovered and vaccinated persons are not exempt from the obligation to isolate if they show typical symptoms that indicate an infection with the coronavirus.
    • Vaccinated residents of an inpatient facility for people with care and support needs or vaccinated patients in hospitals or rehabilitation facilities for the duration of their inpatient stay are not exempt from the segregation requirement. Exceptions to this may be made by the competent health authority.
  • The isolation period for persons tested positive is 14 days in all cases; the exception for persons tested positive who are not infected with a virus variant of concern is deleted.
  • There is an obligation to test close contacts from now on. 

Source: https://sozialministerium.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/service/presse/pressemitteilung/pid/neue-regeln-fuer-geimpfte-bei-einreise-und-absonderung/

Information in several languages can be found here: Information about Coronavirus in other Languages

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?

There are two types of tests that are relevant for you, e.g. to end your quarantine:
Rapid tests and PCR tests. 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 risk area or a high incidence area and not from virus mutation area (area of concern).

You can be tested centrally at the university. You can find information about this here:
https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/university/information-on-the-corona-virus/

For students who live in the WHO, there is the new and free professional rapid test option at CeGat:
https://www.cegat.de/en/diagnostics/corona-diagnostics/corona-rapid-test/

Professional Corona rapid tests can now also be carried out in many pharmacies by medical staff. At the moment, the tests are free at the pharmacy (26.04.2021).
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 26.04.2021):

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

Bären Apotheke Derendingen
Heinlenstraße 14
72072 Tübingen

Schönbuch-Apotheke Tübingen (email template)
Beim Herbstenhof 11
72076 Tübingen

It is best to walk to the test center or pharmacy. It is not allowed to use public transportation if you are in quarantine. 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 is a test center 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 or have had contact with an infected person. 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, near WHO (65 €):
https://www.cegat.de/en/diagnostics/corona-diagnostics/coronavirus-test/

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. If you come from a risk area (and not a high incidence or mutation area) and you get a negative test result on the fifth day of your quarantine, your quarantine is ending. 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.

 

I probably have to go into quarantine: What should I do?

If you are coming to Tübingen from another country, please contact us five days before your arrival: coronaservice-incomingspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

If you had contact with an infected person and you are quarantined, please contact us also via this e-mail address.

It is strongly recommended to spend the quarantine in the affordable hotel the university offers, because there the risk of infection is minimal and you will be fully catered for.

However, it is also possible to spend the quarantine in the dormitory. Of course, the hygiene rules for people in quarantine apply there. This means that you may only use common areas such as the kitchen alone and must therefore coordinate well with your roommates.
The university cannot offer you any support in the dormitory to carry out your quarantine. (Exception: If it turns out that you are Corona positive, contact us immediately at coronaservice-incomingspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de).

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/

 

More detailed information can be found here:
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/coronavirus/current-information-for-travellers.html

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

Please check shortly before your departure if you are entering from a Covid-19 risk area, a high incidence area, or an area of variant of concern, or have been there in the 10 days prior to your entry.  Information can be found here:

https://www.rki.de/risikogebiete
(scroll down till “Archiv der ausgewiesenen Risikogebiete seit 15.6.2020“ => English)

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/en/coronavirus-infos-reisende/information-sheetdropout-card.html

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, 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

 

Before entering Germany, you must register with the authorities through this portal:

www.einreiseanmeldung.de

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 now under quarantine for 10-14 days, depending on whether you entered from a risk area, high incidence area or virus variant area. 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. 

Following a stay in a simple risk area, home quarantine can be ended prematurely by submitting a negative test result via the Federal Republic’s travel portal at https://einreiseanmeldung.de. Quarantine can be ended after you have submitted your negative test result. If this proof is already submitted before entry, no quarantine is necessary.

If you spent time in a high-incidence area prior to entry, testing may at the earliest be conducted on the fifth day of quarantine. The day you arrive is not counted. If you spent time in an area of variants of concern, quarantine lasts for a period of 14 days and CANNOT be ended prematurely. If you have no symptoms, no test is necessary at the end of the quarantine period.

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/

More detailed information can be found here:
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/coronavirus/current-information-for-travellers.html

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://www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/service/aktuelle-infos-zu-corona/fragen-und-antworten-rund-um-corona/faq-selbsttests/
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: simone.hahne@uni-tuebingen.de

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

Can I take a semester of leave of absence because of the corona pandemic?

Students who can prove for the summer semester 2021 that they cannot participate in the course offerings due to the Corona Pandemic can be granted leave of absence for this reason.

The application for leave of absence must be completed in full, signed and sent to the Student Secretariat by 19 April, 2021 at the latest (by post or scan to studierendensekretariatspam prevention@zv.uni-tuebingen.de)

As justification, a keyword for your personal reasons must be entered on the application under "Miscellaneous", e.g. your belonging to a risk group due to a pre-existing medical condition, child care, care of relatives, no entry to Germany possible, or insurmountable technical problems with online offers.

In order to apply for leave of absence for the summer semester 2021 due to the Corona Pandemic, a document of proof for your personal reasons must be submitted. In the case of a pre-existing condition, a medical certificate is required (a self-report is not sufficient).

Please note that students who are on leave of absence for the summer semester 2021 due to the Corona Pandemic may (but are not required to) take exams. This also applies to digital coursework. Students on leave of absence for the summer semester 2021 may exceptionally participate in completely digital courses without a limit on the number of persons. The university library and the services of the computer centers can also be used. Attendance of on-campus courses (e.g. lectures, laboratory practicals, etc.) is not permitted.

Students who apply for leave of absence for the summer semester 2021 until 19 April, 2021, can be exempted from tuition fees for international students or for a second course of study (please tick the appropriate box on the leave of absence application). In the case of late applications, this possibility does not exist anymore!

Students of the state examination programs in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy please note that the minimum study periods or semesters specified in the respective licensing regulations must be proven before admission to the respective state examinations can be granted. Leave semesters do not count towards the minimum study periods, regardless of the university credits and examinations taken in them.

If possible, before applying for a leave of absence, find out from the relevant institutions what effect the leave of absence will have on the payment of child benefit, half-orphan's pension, BAföG, educational loans, scholarships, etc., as this cannot be assessed by the University of Tübingen.

(as of 19 February, 2021)

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 will soon 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.

 

I am paying tuition fees for international students. What possibilities do I have if I am not able to study properly due to Corona?

The date for the possibility of taking leave of absence for international students has been extended to 2 November 2020. Students on leave of absence can now take part in all courses and examinations.  
You can find information about all changes caused by Corona here: 
https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/174693

 

I have serious financial problems because of the Corona situation. What can I do?

As announced by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on 16th June, students in emergency situations can now apply to the BMBF for bridging aid that does not have to be paid back. Both German and foreign students can apply for the bridging allowance. Further information on how to apply can be found here:
https://www.my-stuwe.de/studienfinanzierung/zuschuss-fuer-studierende-in-notlagen/
(Updated 18 June 2020)

Information on loans can be found here.