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

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.

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
I was already infected with the coronavirus once, when can I get vaccinated?
  • Individuals who have been infected with coronavirus and had symptoms during this time, the STIKO recommends a vaccine dose usually 6 months after infection. However, in view of the increasingly better vaccine availability and the safety of vaccination after having been infected, the administration of a vaccine dose is possible as early as 4 weeks after the end of symptoms.
     
  • For individuals who have been infected with coronavirus and have not had symptoms during this time, the recommended single dose of vaccine can be given as early as 4 weeks after laboratory diagnosis.
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, Covshield, 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.

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 barcode with the digital vaccination certificate. You then scan this barcode 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 barcode.

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) Anyone entering from a high risk 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:

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.
The exception continues to apply for persons with a German residence, but it currently also applies to incoming guest researchers with an hosting agreement as well as to students and doctoral candidates with an admission to study or for study preparation programs.

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

If you are able to enter Germany from a virus-variant area, you are 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!

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

What does the current lockdown mean for Saarland University?

Saarland University is currently in a kind of partial lockdown. This means that some service facilities on campus are still closed or have reduced opening hours. Please always check online before visiting a facility. As a rule, contact by e-mail or telephone is preferable.

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 or events, and who are not yet vaccinated, 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"?

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.

Do I need a negative rapid test to take part in examinations?

Saarland University strongly recommends that students and teaching staff only take part in examinations if they have been tested (or vaccinated/with proof of recovery). However, there is currently no obligation to provide proof of a test.

 

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 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.

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!

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: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 09.30 - 12.30 and 13.30 - 15.00.