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.

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

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 as an international student, staff member or visiting scholar?

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 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.
These are currently AstraZeneca / Johnson&Johnson / Moderna and Biontech (Comirnaty).
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 (Sinovac, Sputnik V etc.) 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!), or you can fall back on the option of rapid tests, for example to attend lectures.  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 (e.g. in a restaurant), it is sufficient to open the app and show the QR code.

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 an area of variant conern is required to undergo isolation (quarantine).
However, this can be modified under certain cirumstances:

1) Anyone entering from a high risk area 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.

2) Anyone coming from an area of variant of concern:

For persons staying in so-called areas of variant concern with a particularly high prevalence of mutations of the virus, transport to Germany and entry are currently prohibited, in accordance with the Corona Entry Ordinance. This also applies to fully vaccinated persons. Exceptions are only possible in very few cases.
If you are entering Germany from a virus-variant area, you are (with few exceptions) obliged to observe a 14-day quarantine. This quarantine cannot be ended prematurely by a test. This quarantine obligation also applies to persons who have already been vaccinated or have recovered!

Please inform yourself regularly about the risk classification of your home country!

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. Rapid tests are administered Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. - 12 noon.
Please always book an appointment in advance: https://test-saarland.de/uds_buerger
The test is still free of charge for Saar University staff, so please use this link: https://test-saarland.de/uds

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!

In general, entry from countries that are classified as areas of virus variant concerns, and thus requiring a quarantine of 14 days, is not possible. Nevertheless, we additionally advise against departure to Germany if you do not know where you can spend this quarantine.

What happens if my test result is positive?

Should you receive a positive test result, you will have to go into isolation in your home.
If the positive test has been a rapid test, the next step will be a PCR test. This is mandatory to do!

The PCR test can be done at the testing station called "Messegelände", but only if you do not have any symptoms.
If you have symptoms of a covid infection, you need to contact a doctor`s office and book an appointment with them for a PCR test. The Welcome Center can help you with this, if needed.
To go to this test at the "Messegelände", you can contact the Gesundheitsamt by email, even in English: OPB-GesundheitsamtSbr(at)rvsbr.de

If this PCR-test is positive, you will have to go into quarantine for 10 days.

Ending quarantine early:
After 7 days you can go to another test (PCR or rapid test) to end your quarantine early, but only if you did not develop symptoms!
This can either be a rapid test at an official testing station or a PCR test.
If this test result on the 7th days is negative, you can end quarantine. If the test is still positive, you have to finish the full 10 days quarantine.
In case of a negative result, you have to email the result to the health authorities, to end quarantine early: frei(at)rvsbr.de

In case you are infected with the Omikron variant, you can not end the quarantine earlier. The Gesundheitsamt would let you know if your PCR test shows that you have the Omikron variant.

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!

Contact

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

Office hours: Monday to Friday: 09.30 - 12.30 and 13.30 - 15.00.