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.
Our Center for International Students has ongoing online activities that you can enjoy during your stay, but also some smaller activites are now being offered "live" again!

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.

In case of illness: If you have symptoms and think you may be infected with the virus, do not go directly to hospital or to your doctor, but stay at home and call the health authorities: +49 681 501-4422 or +49 116 117

Further information on the general behaviour in emergency situations

Current entry regulations for international students, employees and guests (valid since May 12, 2021)

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

How can I get an appointment for vaccination as an international student, staff member or visiting scholar?

Important: Please note that it can currently take a long time to get a vaccination appointment, as demand is very high. It is therefore quite normal if you have to try for several days or weeks to get an appointment.

As of June 07, the system of prioritisation has been abolished and now everyone can get the vaccines.
Entitled to get the vaccine in Germany are, amongst others:

  • Persons who are insured in the Federal Republic of Germany under the statutory or private health insurance scheme, or
  • Persons who have their domicile or usual place of residence in the Federal Republic of Germany,

How can I book an appointment?
You can either get vaccinated in the vaccine centers, or with a doctors office. It is not possible to get vaccinated on campus.

Vaccine Center: you can book appointments online (ww.impfen-saarland.de) or by calling +49 116117. We recommend to book online, especially if your German is not sufficient.

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
Which quarantine regulations apply when I enter Germany for the first time?

First, it is important to note that anyone entering Germany must use the Digital Entry Registration to inform the authorities of their arrival: www.einreiseanmeldung.de
This also applies to international students.
In addition, after your arrival you have to send an email to the Ordnungsamt in Saarbrücken: ordnungsamt@saarbruecken.de.

In general, anyone entering from a risk area or high incidence area is required to complete a 10-day isolation (quarantine).
However, this can be modified under certain cirumstances:

1) If you are entering from a risk area (not a high incidence area), you may be exempt from quarantine if you can provide a test result that is no more than 48 hours old. This can be a PCR test or a rapid antigen test. The test result must be submitted via the Digital Entry Application.
If a person is already fully vaccinated or recovered, proof of this may replace the test.

2) Anyone entering from a high incidence area must observe a 10-day quarantine. However, there is an option to take a test on the fifth day (not before) to end the quarantine early, This can be a PCR test or a rapid antigen test.
If a person is already fully vaccinated or has recovered, proof of this can be submitted during the Digital Entry Application and then no quarantine needs to be observed.

3) Anyone coming from an area of variant of concern are required to observe a 14-day quarantine. This quarantine cannot be ended early by a test. In this case, the quarantine obligation also applies to persons who have already been vaccinated or have recovered!

What are the quarantine regulations for international employees and guests when entering Germany for the first time?

The general regulations on entry must also be observed for international employees and guests.
In addition, however, the following tips may be useful for new international employees:

Stays up to a maximum of 5 days:
Such a stay can be made possible by the exception of the Corona Regulation, which can be found in §6, section 2, number 1, letter c of the currently valid Corona Regulation. This is the case if the stay is "absolutely necessary and not postponable for professional reasons".

Stays longer than 3 weeks:
Such a stay is possible, according to §6, section 2, number 1, letter e of the currently valid Corona Regulation. This states that "persons who enter Germany for the purpose of taking up employment for at least three weeks" can generally take up this work stay. However, it is important that the employee may only leave his home for the purpose of work and otherwise must spend the first 10 days of his stay in quarantine in his own home. At the workplace, working conditions must be created that correspond to quarantine compliance, in particular through "group-related company hygiene measures and precautions to avoid contact outside the working group".
In addition, the employer must notify the competent authorities of the start of work and the measures taken.

Here, however, it is advisable to check whether it is not easier for the guest to end the quarantine by presenting a test immediately (in the case of entry from a risk area) or after 5 days (in the case of entry from a high-incidence area).
Important: neither the exemption to start work nor the earlier termination of quarantine are possible in case of entry from an area of variant concern.

What are the regulations for persons commuting between Saarland and the border regions?

"Grenzgänger": Students and employees who live abroad and enter Saarland for the purpose of work or study do not have to maintain quarantine as long as they return to their place of residence abroad at least once a week. This results from §2, section 2, number 3b.

"Grenzpendlers": Students and employees who live in Saarland and travel to a risk area for the purpose of professional practice or studies do not have to maintain quarantine as long as they return to their place of residence in Saarland at least once a week. This results from §2, section 2, number 3a.

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

Which coronavirus tests are accepted / recognized?

  • Testing done outside of Germany (according to the RKI website): "The test may not have been conducted more than 48 hours prior to entry. In principle, molecular biological tests (PCR tests) are currently accepted from all European Union countries, as well as from the countries mentioned below, insofar as there is evidence that the test was conducted in a quality-assured (accredited) laboratory."
  • Coronavirus Testing is offered at different airports, for example at Frankfurt Airport. Rapid tests (at extra charge) or tests with 6 - 8 hours waiting time can be booked in advance. A negative test can be confirmed with a certificate. This certificate serves as proof that no quarantine is required. The test result is transmitted to you digitally. Until the test result is received, you have to observe a quarantine in your house.
  • The Testing Center in Saarbrücken also offers tests for new arrivals from a risk area.
What are the current lockdown regulations?

New lockdown regulations have been in force since 24.04.2021. With these regulations, the lockdown regulation strongly depend on the current incidence in a given county. Depending on the incidence, regulations may be tightened or opened up.

If the incidence is less than 100, the so-called "Saarland Model" applies in the federal state of Saarland.

  • Private life: a maximum of five people from two households are allowed to meet in one apartment or house.
  • Outdoors, up to 10 people are now allowed to meet privately (no matter how many households) but only if all people can present a negative rapid test result that is no more than 24 hours old.
  • Supermarkets and primary care stores have been open all the time in Saarland and will remain so.
  • If the incidence is less than 100, all stores are allowed to open and people can go shopping there, obviously only if upholding to hygiene regulations.
  • In public transport it is obligatory to wear a FFP2 mask or a surgical mask.
  • The outdoor catering of restaurants, bars and cafes may be opened. However, the visit is allowed only if a reservation has been made beforehand. Up to five people from a maximum of two households may then sit together in the outdoor area. Up to ten persons may sit together if all persons have a current negative rapid test
  • Cultural facilities (movie theaters, theaters, etc) are allowed to open, as are gyms.  Contact sports (e.g. soccer) will again be allowed in outdoor areas. All of this also applies only upon presentation of a current rapid test.


As soon as the incidence in a county exceeds 100 for three consecutive days, further tightened measures will come into effect:

  • If the incidence exceeds 100, a curfew must be observed. This means that between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.. During this time, one may only leave one's home for a valid reason. These reasons include going to work, medical emergencies, or caring for relatives or pets. Between 10:00 p.m. and midnight, individuals are also allowed to leave the house for a walk or individual sports.
  • In private, each household is only allowed to meet with a single other person (not another household).
  • Supermarkets and stores that provide basic services remain open.
  • Beverage stores, pharmacies, medical supply stores, drugstores, opticians, gas stations, kiosks, pet stores, banks, and post offices also remain open and no quick test is required.
  • If the incidence exceeds 100, an FFP2 mask must be worn in public transport (or another mask with the norm KN95). Surgical masks are then no longer sufficient.
  • For other retail, at an incidence of 100 to 150, it is possible to shop there as long as you bring a negative rapid test and book an appointment beforehand.
    At an incidence of over 150, these stores must also close.
  • Cultural institutions (cinema, theater, etc), gyms and other recreational facilities must close. Zoos and botanical gardens may remain open if there is a sufficient hygiene concept and visitors bring a current negative rapid test.
  • Outdoor restaurants will also be closed again if the incidence exceeds 100.
  • Delivery services and take-out of to-go food will still be allowed.


If the incidence in a county falls back below the incidence of 100, the Saarland model will automatically go back into effect. Please follow the local news for updates on this; we will also announce all changes here as best we can.

Where can I do a rapid test?

There are numerous test centers all over Saarland. Two centers are open in the city center, in the town hall and in the event location "Garage". Appointments must be made online. The results are sent via email / SMS / website after approx. 15 minutes.

Is there a testing center on campus?

A small Corona testing center will be available on campus beginning April 07, 2021. This will be located in the Artist's Studio of the "Aula", in Building A3.3. There, rapid tests will be administered Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. - 12 noon.

The on-campus testing center is to be used by students and staff who have mandatory face-to-face meetings and therefore have increased contact with others (for example, during exams or small lectures).

Important: The University asks that you use the on-campus testing facility only if it is not possible to go to a testing center in town. So, if you know that you are going to write an exam on one day, if possible, take a test in a center in the city on the same morning of that day or the evening before.

What does the current lockdown mean for Saarland University?

Saarland University has extended the university lockdown until April 30, 2021.

  • The service facilities on campus will be closed to the public. This also affects the Welcome Center, the Card Office, the Enrolment Office and other service facilities. Please always check online before visiting an office. As a rule, contact by email or phone is preferred.
  • All employees are expected to work from home offices whenever possible.
  • The dining hall (Mensa) can only be visited to pick up food ("to go").

As always, current news and the changes will be published on the Saarland University news website.

The university asks that all employees and students who come to campus in person lectures of events should please come there with a negative rapid test, if possible. The rapid test should already be carried out before entering the campus.

A small corona testing center will be available on campus beginning April 07, 2021. However, the testing capacitiies there are limited. Please refer to the question "Is there a testing center on campus"?

In which form will the lectures and exams take place in the summer semester 2021?

In view of the current developments in the context of the Corona pandemic, it is planned to continue the most recent arrangements for the winter semester 2021/22 also for the summer semester 2021.  This means that lectures in the summer semester 2021 will continue to be held online. Exceptions to this are practical formats that cannot be carried out in digital form. These include laboratory and workshop practicals as well as practical lessons and micro-working groups (participants less than ten).

Decisions on the conduct of examinations in the 2021 summer semester will be made at a later date in due time for the start of the semester on the basis of experience gained during the examination period of the 2020/21 winter semester and the legal framework that will then apply.

In the case of attendance events / examinations, we strongly recommend that you make use of test offers and, if possible, come to the university already with a negative test result. Please preferentially use the municipal test offers for this purpose.

Announcement of Saarland University with regards to the summer term

What happens if my test result is positive?

Should you receive a positive test result, you will of course remain in isolation in your home.
The center where you took the test will automatically inform the local health authority about your positive result.

The public health department will then contact you to see how you are doing at home. The health department will also ask you for a lot of information to track contacts. They will try to find out who you may have met and infected. Even if the test is positive, you will normally remain in your private home for the duration of the isolation. You will only be taken to hospital if your state of health deteriorates.

Of course you should let us know as soon as possible in this case as well, so that we can take care that you are provided with food in your isolation period.

What exactly happens during quarantine?
  • Quite simply summarized: You are not allowed to leave your apartment and not to meet other people!
  • The public order office regularly checks the quarantine, either by calling you at home or by someone passing by your apartment to check if you are at home (without direct contact).
  • If you live in a shared apartment it is very important that you spend most of your time in your private room. The shared rooms (bathroom and kitchen) should only be used when necessary. Please do not use the kitchen as a common room, but only for the periods when you prepare food and eat. You must use these rooms on your own, so it is important that you are not in the rooms at the same time as your roommates.
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!
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!

Hygiene measures on campus

A hygiene plan was implemented on the campus to ensure the safest possible work and study environment.

  • The minimum distance of 1,50m has to be kept on the whole campus and in the buildings.
  • Avoid gathering in groups.
  • If the minimum distance of 1.50m cannot be maintained (corridors, stairs), a mouth nose protection (surgical or FFP2 mask) must be worn.
  • Persons showing symptoms of illness are not allowed to enter the campus.

 

Information on your studies

Saarland University has defined the summer semester to be a so-called "hybrid semester". This means that bigger lectures with many students will definitely be held online. The exam phase at the end of the summer semester will usually take place in presence on campus. If you arrive late in the semester or do not know how exactly your lectures will take place, please contact your subject coordinator.

Please note: There is no legal claim to complete courses by distance learning.  In any case, we recommend spending the entire semester in Saarbrücken. Studying abroad does not only mean attending lectures, but you will also gain many experiences and get to know the German language and culture much better than in a semester of online study.

The enrolment as a student can only be done online (not in person) and can therefore also be done from abroad, so that all accesses are available to you as soon as possible. Please note that the current processing time for enrollment applications is several weeks.

As soon as your enrollment has been processed, you can download your user credentials. With this you will receive your login information for the university systems.

The current offer of lectures can be accessed in the LSF: www.lsf.uni-saarland.de

General student life may continue to be subject to restrictions; this applies especially to major events and parties. The Center for International Students (ZiS) and ESN Saarbrücken will, as far as possible, alternatively set up social activities in smaller groups (buddy program, tandem program, regulars' tables, etc.)

Contact

Saarbrücken Campus
Building A4 4
Phone: +49 681 302-71128
welcome(at)uni-saarland.de

Office hours: Mo - Fr, 09.30 - 12.30 and 13.30 - 15.00
(currently temporarily closed due to lockdown)