Information on coronavirus

Can I actually come to Saarbrücken?

Yes, we are looking forward to welcoming international students and visitors at Saarland University!

For the next months academic life on campus will of course be influenced by the global coronavirus pandemic. However, Saarland University invites all international students and guests to spend their stay in Saarbrücken and Homburg. The campus and the libraries are open, hygiene measures have been taken.

Rules of conduct

The university recommends full compliance with the guidelines of the German health authorities. All regulations and notices correspond to the current state of information and may have to be adjusted according to legal requirements if the health situation in Saarland changes.

The University also strongly advocates a policy of non-discrimination. Should members of the University be discriminated against in any way after the spread of the coronavirus, please contact the Welcome Center for support.

Current entry regulations for international students, employees and guests

This information is provided to the best of our knowledge and with the greatest possible up-to-dateness, if necessary by consulting the relevant authorities.
However, we cannot claim completeness. If you receive different information from an official institution (e.g. embassy or public order office), please follow the instructions of this official institution.

On this website we list a special FAQ for international students, staff and guests. You will find much more information on the
General corona information pages of Saarland University

Where can I read up on the currently valid corona regulations?

You will find the current regulations in the

Corona state regulation of the Saarland

as well as in the

Coronavirus Entry Ordinance

Regulations if you are tested positive or you a contact person of an infected person: Corona website of the Regionalverband Saarbrücken

How can I get an appointment for vaccination?

How can I book an appointment?

 

You can get vaccinated at a doctor's office. or at one of the numerous mobile vaccination stations in Saarland. It is usually also possible to receive the so-called "booster vaccination" at the same vaccination centres or vaccination stations.

Doctors Office: you can also make an appointment in medical practices. If you have been to a doctor in Germany before, ideally contact this doctor at first, as you are already a patient there and may get an easier appointment than being an outside patient. Please note that not only general doctors can give vaccinations, but also all kinds of specialists, such as psychologists, gynecologists etc.

Usually, you should have this documents available, though you should get a checklist when you make the appointment.

  • ID card or passport
  • Health insurance documentation
  • Vaccindation card or pass
  • Any documentation on medical history that may be relevant for getting the vaccine
I was vaccinated abroad. Is my proof of vaccination also valid in Germany?

It depends on which vaccination you have received. Currently, the four major vaccines that are also listed with the Paul Ehrlich Institute are recognised.
If you have been vaccinated with such a vaccine abroad, it is also valid in Germany. You can then upload the proof of this, for example, with the digital entry registration to avoid quarantine.

If you were vaccinated abroad with a different vaccine then this is unfortunately not recognised. You could check whether you should then be re-vaccinated in Germany (it is best to discuss this with a doctor!), Repeated vaccinations are possible in some cases as early as 28 days after the first vaccinations.

I was fully vaccinated abroad, how do I get a digital certificate that I can use in Germany?

It is important that it is a vaccine that is recognised in Germany.  If this is the case, you can go to any pharmacy in Germany and apply for the digital vaccination certificate there. You will need your vaccination certificate and your passport.
You will receive a QR code with the digital vaccination certificate. You then scan this QR Code into an app, the easiest way to do this is with the app "CovPass", which is free to download.
If you then have to show the vaccination certificate, it is sufficient to open the app and show the QR code.

I require a certificate of presence for my arrival, where can I get it?

If needed, students and staff can obtain a certificate of required physical presence from the Welcome Center: welcome(at)uni-saarland.de.
We will need your passport and your letter of admission / enrolment certificate.

Students at the ISZ Saar, in the pre-study German course or in the VSi Mint foundation program, receive the certificate from the ISZ Saar: anmeldung-isz(at)uni-saarland.de

Where can I do a rapid test?

Corona rapid tests are now only free of charge in Saarland under certain conditions. People who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, or e.g. students who have been vaccinated with a non-recognised vaccine, can still be tested free of charge. You can find the different categories of exemptions on the booking forms or the websites of the testing stations. Those who do not fall under an exemption must now pay for the tests themselves.

The testing center on campus is located in the Artist's Studio of the "Aula", in Building A3.3. Please always book an appointment in advance: https://test-saarland.de/uds_buerger

There are also numerous test centers all over Saarland. Appointments must be made online. The results are sent via email / SMS / website after approx. 15 minutes.

I do not yet have an apartment in Saarbrücken, but I have to be in quarantine. What can I do?

We strongly advise you not to arrive if you do not know where you can spend the quarantine period.
Many hotels in Saarbrücken do not accept you to spend the quarantine there. You can of course try to book an AirBnB or a vacation apartment.
If you don't have a place to go to spend the quarantine, it is better to postpone your arrival!

Where can I get support during my quarantine?

If you return from abroad and do not have an adequate social network to provide you with the basic necessities (etc. for food shopping), you can contact the Welcome Center.

In addition, there are some things you could bring from home to be prepared for the quarantine:

  • Pack a sufficient supply of medication that you need regularly
  • Bring enough clean clothes, because you may not be able to wash during the time in quarantine
  • A simple clinical thermometer; if you experience symptoms (e.g. fever) during the quarantine, please contact the public health department
  • Tissues
  • Disinfectant spray or wipes, so that you can disinfect the surfaces on arrival
  • Entertainment options, such as books, playing cards or puzzles. If available, you can bring (offline) movies, series and games on your laptop
  • Small snacks, instant coffee or tea bags. If you are not sure whether there is a kettle available in the apartment, bring a travel kettle
  • Bring a refillable water bottle - the tap water in Germany is very well drinkable
  • More important than ever: do not forget the charger for your mobile phone!
What happens if my test result is positive?

Should you receive a positive test result, you will have to wear an FFP2 mask any time you go out into public. It is no longer mandatory to isolate yourself, however, it is recommend to reduce contact to other people to a minimum.

If needed, a PCR test can be done at the testing station called "Messegelände".