The current situation everyone faces in times of the coronavirus raises many questions and concerns. Especially for international students in Germany, about to come to Germany and interested in Germany, it is often difficult to find relevant updates, particularly in English. With this ticker, we try to provide an overview of the most recent information and relevant links in order to add some more transparency to the situation. You will find news chronologically on top while general FAQs and relevant links for further information are provided at the bottom.
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May 26th, 2020
+++GERMANY: Germany Calls For Opening Of Internal EU Borders by June+++
The German government will vote on whether to lift its travel warning on 31 European countries by June 15. Italy’s foreign minister said the day that borders open again would be like another ‘D-Day’ for European tourism.
+++GERMANY: Saxony-Anhalt Also Relaxes Corona Restrictions+++
As in other federal states, several corona measures will be relaxed from Thursday onwards. Up to ten people will be allowed to meet in private. In addition, meetings of two households and close relatives and their partners are permitted, the Ministry of Social Affairs announced. Private celebrations such as weddings, bereavements, birthdays, school enrolments or youth consecrations will again be possible from Thursday with up to 20 participants. Seminars, general meetings, events of associations and parties as well as church and civil weddings and funerals can take place with up to 100 participants, from 1 July with up to 250 participants. Tourists are then allowed to enter the state again. Educational, cultural, sports and leisure facilities may reopen. In addition, the ban on visiting hospitals will be lifted.
+++GERMANY: Open-Air Swimming Pools Open Again In Most Federal States++
The federal states have announced numerous further relaxations of their corona measures. In 12 countries, the open-air swimming pools are to be opened by 8 June at the latest – in some countries, this has already been done. Only in Bavaria, Hesse, Saarland, and Schleswig-Holstein is it still unclear when the pools will open. In all cases, the following applies: sales and hygiene rules must also be observed in open-air pools. In many places, for example, tickets should only be booked online to prevent queues at the ticket offices. In addition, the distance must also be observed in the water. Bathing in normal swimming pools is considered to be safe, as the water is chlorinated. Natural swimming pools, on the other hand, remain closed.
May 25th, 2020
+++GERMANY: Germany Aims To Impose Social Distancing Rules Until July 5+++
Germany is reportedly planning to extend the social distancing rules until at least July 5 to keep the virus outbreak under control amid defiance by two states.
+++GERMANY: Digital Conference of German Ambassadors+++
On 25 and 26 May the 18th conference of the heads of German missions abroad will take place, this year digitally. The focus will be on the German EU Council Presidency and how to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
May 24th, 2020
+++GERMANY: Holiday Trips Soon Possible Again+++
Spain wants to open its borders to foreign tourists in July. “From July, the reception of foreign tourists will be resumed under safe conditions,” said Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Saturday. Shortly before the announcement from Spain, Tui chairman Fritz Joussen had said that he wanted to start air traffic to Mallorca as early as June. Tui also wants to bring travelers to other countries again soon. Austria, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, and Bulgaria are very well prepared. Talks are currently being held with Turkey. Recently, there had been first progress in the consultations within the European Union to reduce travel restrictions before the summer holidays. After video conferences with the Germans’ neighbors and holiday countries, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said he was confident that the worldwide travel warning could be lifted after June 14, at least for the EU.
May 23rd, 2020
+++CHINA: Restriction of Flights+++
China will continue to severely restrict international flights at least until October. This is reported by the Chinese media. Since the end of March, a “five-one rule” has been in effect, which allows only one flight per week per airline on a route to a country. This rule is now to be extended into the autumn.
According to reports, airlines must have their flight plans approved two months in advance before they are allowed to sell tickets.
May 22nd, 2020
+++GERMANY: Thuringia Wants to End Corona Restrictions+++
The state of Thuringia wants to end the general corona restrictions at the beginning of June. This would make state-wide regulations on minimum distances, the wearing of mouth and nose protectors, and contact restrictions a thing of the past. They will be replaced by local measures only if a certain infection rate is exceeded in a region. A limit of 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within one week is under discussion.
May 21st, 2020
+++GERMANY: Number of Infected Persons in Germany Continues to Decrease +++
In Germany, the number of people currently infected has fallen to 13,580.
+++GERMANY: Presence At University in Düsseldorf in Autumn+++
At the university in Düsseldorf students are expected to come back to the campus in autumn. Progress is also being made in corona research at the University Hospital.
May 20th, 2020
+++GERMANY: Restaurants Open Again, New Rules On Eating Out+++
After closing their doors in mid-March except for takeaway, most restaurants, cafes, and beer gardens around Germany are now back in business. While most share the same hygiene measures, such as maintaining a distance of 1.5 meters for guests who aren’t together, they have different rules. Some states require the collection of contact information in the event of a coronavirus outbreak, while others are only open outside.
May 19th, 2020
+++GERMANY: Semester Hack Hackathon Results+++
The summer semester 2020 takes place digitally. What does this mean for lecturers, students, university staff and the entire university system? Answers to urgent challenges such as the digitization of analog courses, the implementation of digital examinations, or the replacement of actually planned international mobility must be found within the shortest possible time. Almost 1,000 participants took part in the #SemesterHack, the nationwide online hackathon on digital higher education – organized by the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (HFD), the AI Campus and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Get inspired by the ideas and find out which projects were awarded.
+++GERMANY: More Students To Receive The Germany Scholarship+++
The number of students with a German scholarship has increased further. 28,200 students received the grant last year, three percent more than in 2018, according to the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden on Tuesday. With the scholarship, which has been in existence since 2011, the Federal Government wants to support particularly talented or committed students. According to the Federal Office, the proportion of scholarship holders among all students remained at one percent. The law provides for an annual increase of up to eight percent.
+++GERMANY: Borders To Poland To Be Opened+++
The Polish government announced that the borders would be reopened on 15th June. On July 1, all remaining coronavirus restrictions could then possibly be lifted. Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had only recently appealed to Poland to open the borders completely again soon. The German government is aiming at re-establish freedom of travel in the entire Schengen area as of June 15th.
May 18th, 2020
+++UNIVERSITIES: Examinations in Presence at University Duisburg Essen+++
Under special conditions, exams and other examinations in presence at the University of Duisburg Essen are now possible again. The following pdf sheet informs students about requirements, procedures, and rules of conduct. https://uni-due.de/imperia/md/content/zentralverwaltung/merkblatt-praesenzpruefung-studierende.pdf
+++GERMANY: Initiative For Europes Economic Recovery+++
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and French President Emmanuel Macron are planning a Franco-German initiative for Europe’s economic recovery. Merkel and Macron plan to meet in the afternoon for a video conference and later present the plan to the public in a joint video press conference, according to the Federal Press Office. The plan is to focus on reviving the economy in Europe, which is suffering severely from the Corona crisis.
May 16th, 2020
+++GERMANY: ENtry Quarantine To be Relaxed+++
In the next few days, the federal states want to lift their general quarantine rules for travelers from neighbor countries introduced because of the corona pandemic. The Federal Ministry of the Interior is currently working on a new model regulation for the states, the ministry said on Friday. The states had agreed to it on Thursday after consultation with the Chancellor’s Office. At present, many German states require that anyone entering Germany from a neighboring European country must go into quarantine for 14 days.
May 15th, 2020
+++FINTIBA: Free Webinar TODAY With Deutsch perfekt+++
Today at 2 pm (CET) we will be holding a second webinar with Deutsch perfekt on Youtube. They will be sharing inspiration about “Things you can prepare from home (while you are Corona-stuck on your way to Germany)”. Feel free to join the session via this link: https://youtu.be/eoBZNpXuGs0
+++CHINA: APS Procedure Changed in Favor of Students+++
The global corona crisis continues to have a strong impact on the mobility of international students. In order to enable you to continue to plan and conduct your studies in Germany despite the extensive restrictions, the APS has decided that the China procedure at the Academic Test Centre for a certain group of applicants will be temporarily changed to the new procedure with immediate effect until 30 September 2020. They have now waived face to face interview for ALL Chinese students until the 30th of September 2020 this year due to the corona situation. Although the APS certificate is still needed it has greatly reduced the limits for Chinese students applying for German Universities. More information you can find here: https://www.aps.org.cn/corona-bescheinigung
+++GERMANY: First Mensa To Reopen+++
On May 12th we started. The Mensa Golm of the Potsdam University was the first institution of the Studentenwerk Potsdam to open its doors since it was closed due to the Corona Pandemic. It can be visited between 9 am and 2 pm on weekdays with limited offerings and adapted security measures.
May 14th, 2020
+++FINTIBA: Important Video Message From The Whole Team+++
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+++Worldwide 160 Vaccine Projects against Coronavirus +++
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) lists almost 160 projects worldwide that are researching a vaccine. Eleven of the potential vaccines are already being tested in clinical trials in humans, most of them are in Phase I: this means that a small number of healthy volunteers are vaccinated, primarily to test safety and tolerability and, to a lesser extent, efficacy. The most advanced research is carried out by CanSino, a Hong Kong-listed company, whose vaccine is already being tested in Phase II clinical trials. This means that, for the first time, the effectiveness of the vaccination is being tested on a larger trial group.
+++CHINA: China Flights Expected To Be Possible In June+++
Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said he could imagine that flights to and from safe regions in China would be possible again after the international travel warning expired on 15 June.
+++ University of Magdeburg pays out 41,000 € to students +++
Because of the Corona crisis hundreds of students in Magdeburg got into financial difficulties. Now the university supports 90 of them.
+++UNIVERSITIES: Failed Exams Not To be Count at University of Saarland+++
Saarbrücken Saarland University would like to refrain from counting failed examinations in the summer semester and thus make the summer semester in the corona crisis easier for students.
May 13th, 2020
+++GERMANY: Relaxation Of Travel Restrictions+++
At the first German borders, the controls introduced due to the Corona pandemic are to be relaxed starting this weekend. This was announced by the Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer. At the border with Luxembourg, the controls are to expire on May 15th, i.e. on Friday. The federal government had reached an agreement with France, Switzerland, and Austria to continue the controls until 15 June. However, starting this weekend, all border crossings will be opened and only random checks will be carried out. According to Austrian Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger the opening of the border between Germany and Austria will be possible from the 15th of June, restrictions on crossing the border will already begin to be eased from May 15th, enabling business trips and family visits to take place.
+++GERMANY: Information on DAAD Scholarships+++
If you would like to apply for a DAAD scholarship you can find information and answers to questions about application requirements and demands, preparation and writing of your application as well as the selection process here.
May 12th, 2020
+++GENERAL: Free Master Classes For Filmlovers During Corona Times+++
Here’s a note for all film enthusiasts out there who are busy staying at home and doing social distancing: Sundanceorg makes its entire Master Class offer available online free of charge, they also host interesting webinars and FAQ sessions which you can find in their online events. Sundance Insitutes is a global community for creators and artists around the globe. Information can be found here: https://collab.sundance.org/learn/master-classes
+++GERMANY: University of Leipzig Decides to Relax Rules for Students+++
As a reaction to the Corona crisis, the University of Leipzig has decided to relax the rules for its students. Students can now decide for themselves whether they want to have the current semester counted as part of the standard period of study or not. According to the university, those who want to cancel the semester can now apply for it. Whoever decides to do so avoids disadvantages in terms of BAföG and long-term study fees, among other things. At the moment it is not possible to study normally at the university. All lectures and seminars take place almost exclusively online. The university libraries are also only available to a limited extent.
+++GENERAL: Film Festivals To Offer Movies Online For Free+++
As many film festivals can’t take place currently due to the coronavirus some of them have decided to provide the audience with a free cinema online.
The website of scope festival gathers them and you can enjoy from the comfort of your home: https://www.festivalscope.com/all/films/list
May 11th, 2020
+++GERMANY: Upcoming Changes of Measures This Week+++
Every week coronavirus restrictions are being loosened around Germany, whether restaurants being allowed to reopen under strict conditions or hotels welcoming guests again. Here’s you can find an overview of what to expect from each state.
+++GERMANY: Study on Covid- 19 Drug Progressing+++
A study on the drug Remdesivir to combat corona disease is making progress, according to the head of the Cologne study. The study is “in a very advanced stage”, Gerd Fätkenheuer, head of infectiology at the University Hospital of Cologne, told the newspaper “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger”. He heads the German part of the study of an international consortium researching Remdesivir
May 10, 2020
+++GERMANY: Chancellor Wants To Support Culture+++
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has assured the cultural industry of further support in view of the weeks of forced hiatus due to the Corona crisis. The goal is that the broad and diverse cultural landscape can continue to exist even after the pandemic has been overcome. Concepts should now be developed how hygiene and safety regulations could also open up theatres, concert halls, operas and other cultural venues. There are calls from the Bundestag and the industry for quick further help. She knows what we are missing and how many citizens are waiting to finally be able to experience your cultural offerings live again. Until then, they will try to support as best they can through their aid programs.
May 9, 2020
+++GERMANY: Germany Offers Covid-19 Grants and Loans for Students+++
Germany has announced €100 million worth of grants and additional loan support for students in the country suffering due to financial difficulties as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Students are permitted to work 120 full days or 240 half days per year, which helps with the cost of living. On April 30th, the federal minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek announced all students would be able to receive interest-free loans of up to €650 a month via state-owned development bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau. Additionally, the ministry would provide students with “particularly acute emergencies” with non-repayable grants. The €100m would be distributed to students by the Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW).
May 8, 2020
+++GERMANY: Borders to Austria To be Reopened Before Summer+++
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz expects the border between Germany and Austria to open before the summer. He cited the low levels of infection with the coronavirus in his own country and stressed that the opening of the border was important not only for tourism but also for commuters. It would also help families who are currently separated by entry restrictions.
+++GERMANY: According to Chancellor Merkel First Phase Of Coronavirus Pandemic in Germany Behind Us+++
Germany has emerged from the grip of the coronavirus pandemic, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, as she announced a further loosening of the lockdown and social distancing: https://www.thelocal.de/20200506/first-phase-of-coronavirus-pandemic-in-germany-behind-us-says-merkel
+++GERMANY: Test Of Safety Of Masks+++
Researchers of the TU Berlin testes how safe selfmade face masks are: https://twitter.com/i/status/1258011127725735939
May 7th, 2020
+++GERMANY: Interest in Studying in Germany Grows as Covid-19 Response Praised+++
While an increasing number of students who would have been heading to the UK and the US this autumn say they are considering changing their study plans, many are turning to destinations such as Germany that have responded better to the coronavirus pandemic.
+++GERMANY: Digital Studies, What the Corona Crisis Means for Universities and Students+++
Online lectures and tutorials as video conferences: For many, the corona crisis currently means more leisure time, but financial worries and fears about the future are just as common. With the following article, they are about to find out We have asked around how well the digital study day is going.
+++GERMANY: Key Dates For Exiting The Lockdown+++
As Releasing of the Lockdown will slowly take place, the German capital has unveiled a plan for reopening public life. Here you will find some key dates to know.
May 6th, 2020
+++UNIVERSITIES: Hackathon About To Start Now!+++
The SemesterHack with HSFDigital and KICampus has started and the registration is still open. The challenges are online.
Over 600 hackers, 150 mentors and 100 godparents are already taking part, 2.500€ prize money is waiting. Happy Hacking! https://hochschulforumdigitalisierung.de/sites/default/files/dateien/2020-05_SemesterHack_Challenges.pdf
+++UNIVERSITIES: CHallenges of Adaptation and Digitalization in Universities+++
The digital semester at German universities began in April. It changes teaching and learning, especially for students. Which effects the change has and how it is to be managed you can read here: https://www.zeit.de/campus/2020-04/digitales-semester-coronavirus-studium-goethe-universitaet-frankfurt
+++GERMANY: Further Relaxations On Restrictions+++
All shops are allowed to reopen in Germany and cultural sites are to be opened again. More details on what is possible again and what will be extended can you find in this article: https://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article207770755/Corona-Das-sind-die-Lockerungs-Plaene-fuer-Schulen-Restaurants-Konzerte.html
May 5th, 2020
+++GERMANY: Number of infections Continues to Decrease+++
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shares good news about the number of transmitted infection cases as it continues to decrease. Last week, between 700 and 1600 cases were reported to the RKI daily. On Monday there were 685. The reproduction rate is estimated at 0.71 – which means that every infected person transmits the disease to an average of 0.71 people. However, the RKI emphasizes that the figures are only a snapshot. The recommendations that have been in place so far had to be followed in order to keep the number of infections low. “Keeping distance is the new daily routine”. https://www.faz.net/aktuell/gesellschaft/gesundheit/coronavirus/ca-22-000-aktive-corona-faelle-in-deutschland-bundeslaender-planen-lockerungen-16754683.html
+++GERMANY: State wants to promote the Digitalisation of higher education+++
Studies are becoming more digital during the corona crisis. The state of Lower Saxony and the Volkswagen Foundation want to make the state’s universities and colleges the drivers of digitization of studies, teaching and research, also in comparison with other German states. A new eight-million-euro program in addition to the state budget should support the efforts of the universities and initiate a strategy process.
May 4th, 2020
+++GERMANY: Saxony Favors opening of Restaurants from 15th of May+++
Cafés, pubs and restaurants which have been closed for weeks because of the Corona pandemic should, according to the will of Saxony’s Minister of Economics Martin Dulig, quickly have clarity as to when they can reopen their doors. If the development of infection figures allows it, he proposes opening the outdoor areas under strict conditions on May 15. He proposes to test whether the security precautions are working before everything clashes over the Pentecost weekend. He wants to suggest the 15th of May to the Minister-President in view of the next federal-state switch on May 6th.
+++GERMANY: Reliable Antibody Test Developed by Pharma Company+++
The pharmaceutical company Roche in Penzberg has developed a test to prove Corona antibodies. The antibodies tests which have already existed so far, often count as inaccurate. According to internal information by Roche, there has been a breakthrough. Thousands of patients have already been tested with the new procedure. According to a Roche spokesman, the precision of the test is very reliable. Whether a patient has caught the Coronavirus or not can be proven with a certainty of almost 100 percent. https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/roche-s-covid-19-antibody-test-gets-fda-emergency-use-approval-1.1430435
+++GERMANY: Reopenings in May+++
Hairdressers and barbers are expecting a wave of customers when salons in Germany reopen on Monday after a seven-week long compulsory break during the corona crisis. According to Chancellor Angela Merkel, also church services will be possible again. That is what she agreed on with the prime ministers. Playgrounds, zoos, galleries and museums could also be reopened with some restrictions. The federal states will make the final decisions.
May 2nd, 2020
+++GERMANY: Ease On Restrictions+++
The federal state of Saxony-Anhalt is relaxing the contact restrictions that have been in place for six weeks. From Monday on, five people are allowed to be together, even if they do not live in the same household, the state government decided on Saturday. Until now, only one person was allowed to accompany a person outside the house.
+++GERMANY: Financial Help For Students+++
Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek (CDU) wants to help students through the corona crisis with emergency loans. Starting May 8th, students can apply for an initially interest-free loan of up to €650 per month from the state development bank KfW. Please see more information at https://www.theafricancourier.de/education-opportunities/german-and-foreign-students-can-apply-for-emergency-credit-from-8-may/
April 29, 2020
+++GERMANY: How To Use Your Face Mask Correctly+++
As wearing a mask is currently mandatory in entire Germany it might be helpful for you to know how to use it right. Zeit.de has created a nice infographic on how to use water a face mask correctly and what else to consider: https://interactive.zeit.de/2020/starterkit/static/ZON-corona-how-to-mundschutz-0416.802adbc7.pdf
+++GERMANY: Germany Extends Global Travel Warning Until Mid of June+++
The German government is extending the global travel warning until the middle of June. Germany issued the warning in March advising against non-essential travel abroad. It was originally extended to May 3. However, the German Foreign Office proposed to extend the travel warning “until further notice”, but at least until June 14. The proposal does not reveal yet if travel will be possible after this date and during the summer holidays, which in some federal states begins at the end of June.
+++GENERAL: Stay Fit At Home With Free Online Workouts+++
The peloton app offers now 90 days of taking full advantage of their wide online workout offer. With 10+ workout types streaming on-demand you can discover new ways to conquer your goals, on your time: https://www.onepeloton.com/app
April 28, 2020
++++Decision Requested on Financial Help For Students+++
The Presidents of the German Rectors’ Conference and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) today called for a quick decision by the federal government in favor of German and international students in financial need as a result of the Corona crisis. Please find the details of the request here: https://www2.daad.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/de/76460-hrk-und-daad-fordern-rasche-bundesloesung-fuer-in-not-geratene-studierende/
+++Austria: Hotel and Restaurant Opening in May+++
Austria will lift the strict exit restrictions from May. However, persons who do not live in a common household must keep a minimum distance of one meter. In addition, from May onwards assemblies of up to ten people will again be permitted. Demonstrations will also be possible again under certain conditions. For the time being, the measures are valid until the end of June. From 29 May onwards, hotels will be allowed to reopen, and from 15th of May onwards even restaurants – subject to compliance with rules.
+++GENERAL: Online Tool For Combatting the Effects Caused By the Corona Situation+++
The Coronamat was brought to life by the Berlin-based think tank iRights.Lab. Those of you who are looking for ideas and inspiration can find a colorful and broad mix of information and entertainment. What can you do right nowt, how can you fight boredom, cabin fever, idea jams, or social distance? More than six hundred lovingly selected tips are designed to help people better keep to and overcome the initial constraints – by inspiring, cheering up, and entertaining. Be ready to get entertained and to have a laugh. This website might make your day! Check it out at www.coronamat.de.
+++CULTURE: Free Live Opera Performances At The Vienna State Opera House+++
Do you want to enjoy the emotion of an opera from the comfort of your home? The Vienna State Opera House offers free live streams of their performances.
Check out their shows here: https://www.staatsoperlive.com/live
April 27, 2020
+++GERMANY: Compulsory Mask Wearing Nationwide+++
In all federal states except Schleswig-Holstein, a mask obligation has come into force as of today. The regulation differs from state to state but mostly applies in shops and public transport. https://www.tagesschau.de/inland/corona-mundschutz-103.html
+++GERMANY: Number of Cases To Decrease+++
The number of new daily infections has been decreased so far by around 40%. According to the RKI, about 114,500 COVID-19 patients have recovered in the meantime, which is an increase of about 2500 compared to the previous day. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/germany/
+++GENERAL: Shakespeares Globe Offers Free Theatre Performances Online+++
If you are a theatre lover you might like the current offer of the shakespearesglobe. There are lots of free and exciting ways to virtually-attend productions online and stay connected to Shakespeare’s Globe at this time when their buildings are temporarily closed.
+++GERMANY: Good News Needed in Times of Corona +++
Two students ensure a positive dose in times of crisis with the newsletter “Vitamin Positive”. The two founders pay particular attention to using reputable sources and only referring to daily news. Apart from being up to date and serious, there is one thing that is particularly important to them. “The message must trigger a positive feeling in us, that can be projects of the heart or nice gestures”. So if you want to focus on positive news in between all the grueling news and at the same time practice your German, then you should register here for the free newsletter: https://vitaminpositiv.de/newsletter/
April 24, 2020
+++UNIVERSITIES: Press Review of International Universities Regarding Corona Situation+++
How do you find out about the consequences of the corona crisis in universities worldwide? With the new press review of the DAAD Competence Center International Science Cooperation. Weekly updates under https://www.daad.de/de/infos-services-fuer-hochschulen/kompetenzzentrum/registrierung-pressespiegel-internationale-hochschulwelt/
+++GERMANY: New Corona Aid Package from Government+++
In Berlin, the coalition parties approved an additional aid package worth billions. It will help employees, businesses and students. The number of persons infected with the Corona virus in Germany just hit 150,000. Find more information on all elements oft he new aid package here: https://berlinspectator.com/2020/04/23/germany-150000-infections-confirmed-new-corona-aid-package-on-the-table/
+++GERMANY: Decisions on Relaxation of Corona Requirements not Until May 6th+++
According to Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), the federal and state governments will probably not decide on further relaxation of corona-related restrictions until May 6th. Merkel said after the EU summit in Berlin, that the effects of the opening of stores could only be estimated 14 days later. Other loosening would come into effect even later. So far it had been expected that decisions on further steps could be made as early as the end of April.
April 23, 2020
+++FINTIBA: How does Corona Change Your Study Plans?+++
How are international students on their way to Germany currently affected by the Corona-situation? You can help us by participating in our survey to provide a picture of the major issues international students face at the moment! Fintiba would like to know how international students handle the current situation n order to know how we can support you. Please take 2 minutes to let us know what’s on your mind. We will share the results with you and provide you with a present to prepare you for your time in Germany. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?d=N8QY70wQ5EO1AGpLQgsM0WLAraYgF_FAkGqwG8grDatURE9DRkdUMTBCMlcyNFMzUzNBSFlHTTdWWi4u
+++ GERMANY: Face Masks to Be Made Compulsory Across Germany in Fight Against Coronavirus+++
All German states have this week announced that face masks will be mandatory on public transport and in some cases, in shops.It is understood that all types of masks are allowed, including homemade ones. Other types of face coverings such as scarves are also acceptable as long as they cover the nose and mouth.https://www.thelocal.de/20200303/whats-the-latest-on-coronavirus-in-germany-and-what-do-i-need-to-know
+++STUDYING: Free Online Courses in Informatics and Business Administration+++
Business studies basics never hurt – no matter whether you want to make a career change, go into business for yourself or simply polish up your general knowledge. On this website, you can now access a course, which usually costs 50€, free course free of charge until 13.05. Just make sure to enter the code “elearning” in the field “Rabattcode”. https://www.oncampus.de/enrol/?id=80 If you want to gain some informatic basics you can register for several lectures here: https://bit.ly/3eGyxyQ, https://bit.ly/2xO0lAH, https://bit.ly/34RtO9f
+++GERMANY: Learn German Online for Free According To Your Level and Interests+++
The news platform Deutsche Welle offers free language courses according to your needs and interests. You can first do the test for checking out your level and then take the dedicated courses. Courses are supported by numerous video and podcast content, so you can be sure learning German this way is a lot of fun and prepares you perfectly for your time in Germany from the comfort of your home. www.learngerman.dw.com
April 22, 2020
+++FINTIBA: How does the Current Situation Affect Your Study Plans?+++
Especially for international students in Germany or those who are about to come to Germany, the current situation has major implications on their future (study) plans. We at Fintiba would like to know how the situation does look like for you at the moment and how your study plans became affected. We would like to invite you to share your experience with us in our survey. We will spread the results afterwards so that you can get an idea of how your fellow students deal with the current challenges. Please find our survey here and feel free to share it with your co-students.
+++Latin America: Study In Germany Virtual Fair+++
Even though there are difficult times at the moment Germany will remain an open country and welcome students from all over the world. If you would like to become part of this international community and you are interested in studying or taking a short course in Germany, you should check out the Study in Germany – Virtual fair and meet German university representatives. During the virtual fair, you can take the chance to visit their booths and have a personal chat, check out the info material, and watch information videos. The event is to take place on the 9th of May. More information and the free registration you can find here: https://www.ubivent.com/register/sig-latam-2020
+++GERMANY: Compulsory Mask Wearing+++
The federal government may have only issued a “strong recommendation”, but a number of federal states in Germany are taking it upon themselves to make wearing a protective mask obligatory. An overview of which state is planning what – and when.
+++GERMANY: Germany Approves Human Vaccine Trials+++
Germany’s first human trials of a coronavirus vaccine have been given the green light. It’s only the fourth vaccine of its kind in the world to get approval for clinical testing. More information you can find here: https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-latest-germany-approves-human-vaccine-trials/a-53204428
+++GERMANY UNIVERSITIES: Large Majority Of Universities Well Prepared For The Start Of Semester+++
Due to the special situation of the corona pandemic, the Stifterverband conducted a special survey in early April 2020 in addition to the annual university barometer survey. Please find the results here: https://www.hochschul-barometer.de/aktuell
+++North Rhine-Westphalia Allows Opening Under Conditions for Large Department Stores+++
North Rhine-Westphalia will also allow large department stores to open from Monday under certain conditions. The sales area must be limited to 800 square meters, says Agriculture Minister Andreas Pinkwart. This would allow, for example, Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof, Media Markt Saturn or Peek & Cloppenburg to open their doors again. Furniture stores are allowed to open in NRW without any space restrictions.
April 21, 2020
+++GERMANY: Germany Cancels Oktoberfest Due to Coronavirus+++
Germany’s Oktoberfest, the world’s largest folk festival, has been canceled due to the coronavirus crisis, the southern state of Bavaria said on Tuesday.
+++INDIA: 70% of Students Want to Continue Study Sbroad+++
Some 70% of prospective international students from India want to continue with their applications to study overseas, a survey by Mumbai-based ed-tech startup Yocket has found. Only 1% answered that they wanted to remain in India and begin their studies. While a fifth of respondents said it was “too early to decide”, only 9% suggested they wanted to defer their admission. A mere 1% answered that they wanted to remain in the country and begin their studies in India. More details you can find here: https://thepienews.com/news/india-70-want-to-continue-application-despite-covid-19/
April 20, 2020
+++GERMANY: Shops Reopening+++
The curfews remain in place. But those who go shopping will have a greater choice again starting today. Most shops will be open again. However the easing of the restrictions varies from state to state – and not all of them will be back today.
+++GERMANY: Bavaria to be the First Western State in Germany to Introduce Compulsory Masks+++
In addition to Saxony, Bavaria will soon make masks mandatory in shops, buses and trains. No matter how big a shop is – in Bavaria, from next week on, all shops will be obliged to wear mouth and nose protection. The same applies to public transport: https://www.tagesschau.de/inland/maskenpflicht-bayern-101.html
+++GERMANY: Corona as a Chance for DIgitalization of Universities+++
The President of the Association of Leading Technical Universities considers the corona crisis an opportunity. He hopes for an “enormous digitalization push” for the universities. You can see the full interview here: https://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/deutschland/interview-mit-wolfram-ressel-corona-ist-die-chance-fuer-die-digitalisierung-der-hochschulen/25750128.html?ticket=ST-1480747-10Qp4bbntKZVwBzBOaOK-ap6
April 18, 2020
+++GERMANY: FIrst Federal State Introduces Compulsory Mask+++
The East German state of Saxony is the first in Germany to make masks mandatory for public transport and retail. The regulation will apply from Monday, said State Premier Michael Kretschmer (CDU) in Dresden. To cover nose and mouth, it does not have to be an expensive FFP2 mask, a simple cloth or scarf is sufficient, the head of the government emphasized. Kretschmer said that if one allows additional contacts of people in so many areas, a mask obligation is “the right answer”. Starting Monday, some restrictions to contain the Corona pandemic are to be relaxed in Saxony.
April 17, 2020
+++GERMANY: Most Recent Updates on Travel and Visa Restrictions+++
Due to the coronavirus outbreak most countries have imposed travel restrictions or taken other steps to prevent the spread of Covid-19. They were set at least until 15th of April and have now been extended. For further details on restrictions and border controls please read here:
For other travel restriction details and information on visa facilitation please check the link of the Federal Foreign Office:
+++GERMANY: Volunteer Work Recognized by Universities+++
Child care by nursing staff, neighbourhood help or other volunteer services during the Corona period – those who do this can earn ECTS points for it at some universities in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate! To let you know whether your university will credit you for your voluntary work, check out this link. These universities in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate explained that they can reward you for helping others: https://www.dasding.de/06-vor-ort/diese-unis-rechnen-corona-ehrenamt-an-100.html
+++GENERAL: Working and Studying at Home with Ergonomic Expert Advice+++
Many of us have to work and/or study from home now and are looking for the best way to sit in front of their computer without being struck by back pain after a short time. So we want to provide you with some expert advice to have an ergonomic working enviroment.
+++CHINA: Embassy Opening+++
The legal and consular section of the embassy will only be open on the following days from 8.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. in the coming weeks: Tuesday, 21.04., Thursday, 23.04., Monday, 27.04., Wednesday, 29.04. The opening hours of the passport office (application and collection) remain unchanged.
April 16, 2020
+++UNIVERSITIES: Limited Opening of Universities in the Near Future+++
The universities will start the semester digitally next week. Examinations and laboratory courses could soon partly take place on campus again. After a telephone conference with the heads of the federal states, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the further course of action for dealing with the corona pandemic. According to the announcement, the contact restrictions will be extended for the time being until May 3. After that, schools and also universities can partly switch back to face-to-face contact under certain conditions imposed by politicians.
+++GERMANY: Virtual Testing of the Effects of Corona Measures+++
Researchers at the University of Hohenheim have developed a new tool. This tool enables users to simulate the effects of different corona measures. The online model of a virtual city will be used to simulate the influence of certain measures on the effects of a virus pandemic. With just a few mouse clicks, the user can determine which restrictions are imposed – and what consequences these have – on the speed of infection and the number of potential victims. With the expandable model, it is possible to send groups of people into domestic quarantine, close schools or exclude only infected students from classes, improve hygiene conditions or increase the number of beds in hospitals. Every measure can influence the number of serious cases and deaths, as well as the length of the pandemic. The Hohenheim scientists hope that this will help to gain a better understanding of the complex interrelationships and make political decisions easier to understand.
+++GERMANY: Eases on Restrictions+++
Schooling in Germany is to resume on 4th of May, starting with the final classes, the classes that will take exams next year and the top primary school classes. The federal and state governments agreed on this on Wednesday. An agreement was also reached during the talks with regard to major events. Due to the corona pandemic, they are to be prohibited until August 31. Soccer matches are also affected. Concrete regulations, such as the size of the events, are to be made by the states. Shops with a sales area of up to 800 square meters will be open again from Modnay, 20th of April. Hairdresser salons are allowed to reopen on 4th of May. The states can approve this under conditions regarding hygiene, access control and avoidance of queues. The contact restrictions in the fight against the coronavirus, which have been in place for weeks, will be extended until 3th of May. Please read here for further details: https://www.tagesschau.de/inland/coronavirus-einschraenkungen-lockerungen-101.html
+++CHINA: Extension on Visa Ban+++
The German embassy in China has announced an extended visa ban for 30 days since yesterday evening. You can find all details on the restrictionshere: (German) https://china.diplo.de/blob/2331554/98545d1c61ae5b63dd468bc6b36dd0d1/pdf-faq-covid-data.pdf, (Chinese) https://china.diplo.de/blob/2332962/7036523a4f92dd63dbac1e5fd7b6a75b/merkblatt-covid-data.pdf
April 15, 2020
+++GERMANY: Call for Eco-Economic Stimulus Package+++
After the Corona crisis the economy must recover – but sustainably: This is what politicians, company heads, trade unions, associations and experts from all over Europe are calling for. On Tuesday they published an appeal, which has also been signed by the German Environment. The massive investments and plans for recovery at all levels should make climate protection and the preservation of ecosystems a central part of economic policy. https://www.cleanenergywire.org/news/germanys-national-academy-sciences-stresses-need-climate-friendly-coronavirus-recovery
+++GERMANY: Most Supportive Government in Corona Times+++
The deep knowledge Group London has created a ranking showing the most supportive governments in the times of the corona virus with Germany being on first place.
+++GERMANY: First Reopenings+++
In North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, schools are to reopen gradually after the Easter holidays. One week later, it is expected that the first children will also be allowed to return to the day-care centers. This makes North Rhine-Westphalia the first federal state to announce a concrete timetable on how the strict conditions for containing the corona virus could be eased – even before the coordination with the federal government and the other states on Wednesday.
April 14, 2020
+++GERMANY: Germany Ranked as One of the Safest Countries During Corona Crisis+++
According to the analysis of a British think tank, Germany is the safest country in Europe in the Corona crisis. According to a comparison by the Deep Knowledge Group (DKG), Germany is in second place worldwide. Only Israel gets off even better. The tDKG, based in London, continuously examines data from various countries. Apart from that, not a single country from Europe is among the top 10. DKG founder Dimitry Kaminsky told “Der Spiegel”: “Germany was extremely efficient in view of its initially high infection rates and has successfully stopped the further spread of the disease without reaching the level of other countries. As a result, Germany will have considerable economic advantages after the pandemic”. https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/im-laender-vergleich-liegt-deutschland-sehr-weit-vorn-a-ebae15df-eca1-4daf-ae5b-8efcad11ee28
+++GERMANY: Student Associations Demand Optional Semester+++
The upcoming summer semester is to be considered an “optional semester” according to the wishes of student representatives. In addition to the suspension of the standard period of study and the voluntary use of courses, they are setting up petitions for the postponement of all deadlines and the right to repeat examinations. Universities are very keen to switch teaching to online formats. Nevertheless, many students will not be able to provide the required services in the foreseeable future. As a solution, it is suggested that the summer semester should not be included in the standard period of study. This would reduce financial disadvantages, for example in the case of Bafög.
+++GERMANY: Science Academy Leopoldina: Recommendations on Return to Normality+++
The Leopoldina Academy of Science has recommended a return to normality – including school openings and compulsory masks in public transport. The scientists’ statement published on Monday states, among other things, that it is a prerequisite for this, however, that infections are stabilised at a low level and that the well-known hygiene rules are observed. According to the opinion, other parts of public life could also be gradually returned to normal under certain conditions, for example the retail trade, the hotel and restaurant industry and public authorities. However, private and business travel as well as social, cultural and sporting events could also take place again. Chancellor Angela Merkel had described the Leopoldina study as “very important” for the further course of action. Merkel intends to hold a switching conference with the prime ministers on Wednesday to assess the situation in the corona crisis after the Easter holidays. https://www.deutschland.de/en/news/coronavirus-in-germany-informations
+++GERMANY: Call for Participation: Online Hackathon Digital Higher Education in Times of Corona+++
The summer semester 2020 will take place digitally. This challenge requires new approaches and solutions for studying and teaching, which can be found in individual seminars, at the entire university and also across the board at federal level. With the online hackathon on digital higher education in times of Corona, the “Hochschulforum für Digitalisierung” wants to take up suggestions from the universities and pick up already successfully implemented examples like the #WirVsVirus-Hackathon and work together with the university community on innovative solutions for study and teaching in times of Corona. According to current plans, the hackathon is scheduled to take place between 3 and 17 May. The aim of the hackathon is to create added value for study and teaching at the participating universities already during the summer semester 2020, focusing on the perspectives, needs and ideas of students and teachers. https://hochschulforumdigitalisierung.de/de/news/wir-hacken-das-digitale-semester
April 13, 2020
+++GERMANY: Positive Effects Of Restrictions Over Easter Weekend+++
The Easter holidays were considered a test if people will stick to the Corona measures. Several states expressed satisfaction, only a few violations had been reported. Travel traffic almost came to a complete standstill.
April 12, 2020:
+++GERMANY: German EU Council Presidency becomes Corona Presidency+++
According to Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, the fight against the corona virus will be the defining issue of the German EU Council Presidency. “Lessons must be learned from the crisis, for example by improving EU civil protection and the joint procurement and production of vital medical supplies.” He added that the EU will have to take a more proactive approach to the crisis. As soon as things will start to go back to normality, one of the first tasks will be to gradually and in a coordinated way reduce restrictions on free travel and the internal market.” Germany will take over the EU presidency in the second half of this year. https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/newsroom/-/2332252
April 11, 2020
+++Europe: EU finance ministers agree on rescue package against corona crisis+++
In the Corona crisis, the EU finance ministers have agreed on aid worth billions for endangered states, companies and jobs. The Eurogroup, which brings together the finance ministers of the 19 member states sharing the single currency agreed on Thursday to a common emergency plan to limit the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the European economy. They reached a deal on a response plan worth more than €500 billion. https://www.euronews.com/2020/04/09/coronavirus-eurogroup-finance-ministers-agree-on-500-billion-emergency-fund
April 10, 2020
+++WHO: Public statement for collaboration on COVID-19 vaccine development+++
As part of WHO’s response to the outbreak, a Research and Development (R&D) Blueprint has been activated to accelerate the development of diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics for this novel coronavirus. https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/13-04-2020-public-statement-for-collaboration-on-covid-19-vaccine-development
April 9, 2020
+++GERMANY: New Corona Hackaton+++
Sign up at HackCOVID.org to join the weekly anti-coronavirus hackathon! Many organizations on the frontlines of this medical war desperately need all the help they can get as soon as possible. Our mission is to combine technology, medicine, entrepreneurship, and education to DEFEAT CORONAVIRUS.
+++GERMANY: Studying In Germany+++
For the time after the crisis: Would you like to study in Germany? What does it cost you to study? What are the costs of living and how can you finance it? The DAAD provides you with some details: https://www.daad.de/de/studieren-und-forschen-in-deutschland/studium-planen/ausbildungs-und-lebenshaltungskosten/
+++GERMANY: Volunteering where Help Is Needed+++
Many people would like to help in the current situation, whether in the care sector, on a voluntary or private basis. Portals like http://wirwollenhelfen.com, http://helpunity.eu or www.wirhelfen.eu arrange between those seeking and offering help.
+++GERMANY: Panic Buying To Slowly Decrease+++
According to the Federal Statistical Office, in the Corona crisis, hamster purchases in Germany are gradually decreasing. There is still an increased demand for certain everyday goods. However, as a special evaluation of experimental data by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) shows, sales figures for selected products were in the meantime in some cases significantly below the figures for the previous month. More details can be found here: https://www.destatis.de/DE/Presse/Pressemitteilungen/2020/04/PD20_130_61.html
+++GERMANY: Interview On the Upcoming Digital Summer Semester+++
On April 20, the summer semester begins without attendance. Only at the University of Frankfurt almost 600 professors become students again. The following articles shows an interesting interview with Sarah Voß-Nakkour, who is organizing the leap into digital: https://www.faz.net/aktuell/karriere-hochschule/hoersaal/wie-wird-die-virtuelle-lehre-an-der-uni-frankfurt-organisiert-16717382.html?GEPC=s3
+++GERMANY: Money Saving Advices+++
The current situation is not only a challenge for many of us from a health, social and psychological point of view, but also financially the situation might be challenging for many of us. Finanztipp provides constantly updated financial tips covering various areas in the time of Corona. https://www.finanztip.de/coronavirus/
April 8, 2020
+++Europe: Austria to Ease Coronavirus Lockdown Starting Next Week+++
Austria is set to be one of the first countries in Europe to ease its lockdown against the coronavirus outbreak. The conservative-led government announced plans on Monday to start reopening non-essential stores next week, after reaching a downward trend in the growth rate of new infections. The government will also extend a requirement to wear face masks in supermarkets to include public transport and stores that reopen. https://time.com/5816129/austria-rollback-lockdown/
+++GERMANY: Shorter waiting list for student residences+++
Due to the Corona Pandemic, the waiting list for places in Berlin’s student residences is currently being shortened. Many international students are currently unable to begin their semester abroad in the capital and have therefore renounced their promised room. The situation in other university cities is comparable, according to the German Student Union. “As of today, there is no sign of a substantial, significant drop in occupancy in the more than 1700 dormitories of the Studentenwerke”, says General Secretary Achim Meyer auf der Heyde. The situation may vary from one location to another. “But overall, students who do not want to or cannot use their dormitories due to the Corona pandemic are being replaced by students on waiting lists. More information on that topic you can find here: https://www.sueddeutsche.de/wirtschaft/wohnen-berlin-folge-von-corona-kuerzere-warteliste-der-studentenwohnheime-dpa.urn-newsml-dpa-com-20090101-200404-99-589486
+++GERMANY: Creative Ideas for Home: Interactive Cooking Online+++
Foodboom, a recipe platform has launched a content idea that combines entertainment and practical benefits while offering added culinary value. With the format “Home Office Lunch – Come and cook with us!” he Food-Startup shares a shopping list in advance via Instagram. With the ingredients, anyone can then switch on the video format and cook live every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:30 am: https://www.instagram.com/foodboom/
+++CHINA: Embassy Opening+++
The Embassy’s legal and consular section will only be open on the following days from 8.00 to 11.30 a.m. in the coming weeks: Thursday, 09.04., Wednesday, 15.04. and Friday, 17.04. On Monday, 06.04.2020 (Feast of the Dead), Friday, 10.04.2020 and Monday, 13.04.2020 (Easter Holidays) the Consular Section, Passport and Visa Office will be closed: https://china.diplo.de/cn-de/vertretungen/botschaft/-/1213924
April 7, 2020
+++GERMANY: Donate by Receiving a Free Snackbox For Staying At Home+++
In view of the current situation, many initiatives, companies and organisations are coming up with creative approaches to provide us with small pleasures even in difficult times. A very nice example is the initiative Home Care Hero, which provides you with a small goodie box and donates 1 Euro to #WIRVSVIRUS with every package. It is absoluteley free and you can order it here: https://www.hocahero.de/
+++GERMANY: Platform For Volunteer Help is Online+++
The platform freiwillige-helfen-jetzt.de has been starting from today on. The website helps to bring volunteers and organization looking for help together during the corona situation. Please find more information directly on their website: www.freiwillige-helfen-jetzt.de
+++GERMANY: Discussion About Loosening the Lockdown+++
The German Ethics Council has called on politicians not to refuse to enter into the debate on ending the current pandemic restrictions. This debate could and should be welcomed by everyone, including politicians, as an expression of the open society. The current communication strategy of many politicians on possible loosening was is in need of improvement. At the moment, it is still too early for relaxation, but it is never too early for a public discussion on opening perspectives. More information on this discussion you can find here: https://www.br.de/nachrichten/deutschland-welt/ethikrat-fordert-diskussion-ueber-corona-lockdown,RvSYY3W
April 6, 2020
+++Germany: Universities Summer and Winter Semester Adaptions+++
The federal states have agreed on a joint approach of the 2020 summer semester due to the spread of the coronavirus. The semester dates for the summer semester 2020 will not be postponed. The summer semester 2020 will be an unusual one, but it will not be a lost semester. The aim is to create necessary framework conditions for the universities to ensure that teaching and research operations run as smoothly as possible.. The lecture times for the summer semester 2020 can be arranged flexibly. The dates for the application and admission procedure for undergraduate programmes for the winter semester 2020/2021 will be adjusted. Lectures at universities and universities of applied sciences in the winter semester 2020/2021 are to begin uniformly on 01.11.2020. The opening of the application portals at the Foundation for University Admissions for the winter semester 2020/2021 will be postponed. The opening should take place on 01.07.2020 at the earliest. The application deadlines will be specified within the next two weeks. For more information please visit: https://www.kmk.org/aktuelles/artikelansicht/kmk-sommersemester-2020-findet-statt.html
+++GERMANY: Website for Volunteer Work in Health Sector+++
The German federal minister for family affairs Franziska Giffey announces that the platform on which volunteers can register for work in care centres is to go online on Tuesday. The website www.freiwillige-helfen-jetzt.de will then be activated. They want to persuade tens of thousands of helpers, who are currently unable to perform their service due to the current situation, to take part in the Corona crisis mission. They could work in hospitals, nursing homes or in the food supply of needy people.
+++CHINA: Embassy Opening+++
The Embassy’s legal and consular section will only be open on the following days from 8.00 to 11.30 a.m. in the coming weeks: Tuesday, 07.04., Thursday, 09.04., Wednesday, 15.04. and Friday, 17.04. On Monday, 06.04.2020 (Feast of the Dead), Friday, 10.04.2020 and Monday, 13.04.2020 (Easter Holidays) the Consular Section, Passport and Visa Office will be closed: https://china.diplo.de/cn-de/vertretungen/botschaft/-/1213924
April 4, 2020
+++GERMANY: Universities – Summer Semester to Take Place Everywhere+++
Normally the summer semester at German universities would have started this week. Due to the Corona crisis, the start was postponed. But even if it becomes different: The summer semester at universities and colleges is to take place this year throughout Germany despite the corona crisis. According to information from the Hamburg Senate, the science ministries of the federal states had agreed on a common framework for the organization of the summer semester. At some universities, the semester has already begun, at others the start has been postponed: https://www.tagesschau.de/inland/coronavirus-universitaeten-beginn-sommersemester-101.html
April 3, 2020
+++GERMANY: Hotlines for Psychological Help +++
At the moment due to the crisis things might feel different and strange for many of us and especially international students who cannot visit their homes right now might feel lonely and sometimes even depressed. There are several hotlines with experts who are there for you in these times and who are happy to help you over the phone with just conversations or tips where you could ask for help. Please see a list of them in our FAQ section.
+++GERMANY: Train Ticket Exchange for Vouchers+++
During the Corona crisis, Deutsche Bahn offers its customers a number of options for postponing or cancelling their journey. Customers with tickets booked until 13 March 2020 can use tickets booked until 13th of March 2020 with travel days until 30th of April 2020 flexibly until 30th of June 2020, the train connection is no longer applicable. Or those who no longer wish to travel can have their ticket converted into a voucher. All tickets booked online or mobile can now be converted into a travel voucher online. This option is valid for the above-mentioned booking and validity period for all super saver and economy tickets for long-distance travel as well as for some regional transport offers, such as the cross-country ticket or some country tickets. DB customers can find the exchange portal at bahn.de/auftragssuche.
+++GERMANY: Studentjob Opportunities+++
You might be looking for a student job which you can do during the crisis. In many industries jobs are currently being lost, in others workers are desperately sought. Job portals like zenjob, Absolventa, Jobmensa or Jobverde and the initiative by the government for jobs in agriculture help you to find the right job.
++GERMANY: Short-Time Work Model+++
Around the world several new challenges have emerged with the new corona virus, one of them being the worldwide economic situation. There are several approaches for relax the situation and Germany has resorted to the use of a familiar method: The short-time working model acting as a worldwide role model. For more details Deutsche Welle has set up an interesting article: https://www.dw.com/en/short-time-work-a-vital-tool-in-germanys-economic-armory-against-coronavirus/a-52952657
April 2, 2020
+++GERMANY: DAAD Financial Benefits+++
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) gives information on financial benefits from DAAD during the coronavirus crisis for international scholarship holders who are in or were planning to come to Germany for an internship, a period of study, or a research stay: https://www.daad.de/en/financial-benefits/
+++GERMANY: Universities Summer Semester 2020+++
The summer semester has started, but currently only the Fern-Uni Hagen can really start. Other universities start with lectures at the earliest after the Easter holidays. But how can that look like? For more information please have a look at the link https://www.tagesschau.de/regional/nordrheinwestfalen/wdr-story-33367.html
+++GERMANY: Restrictions for Easter Holidays+++
Due to the corona pandemic people in Germany are recommended to refrain from travelling and visiting over Easter because of the Corona pandemic. Chancellor Merkel and the Prime Ministers extended the exit restrictions until the 19th April. In Germany, people will have to be prepared for strict restrictions on contact over Easter as well. This means that the urgent recommendation of politicians to keep private contacts to a minimum also applies over Easter.
+++GERMANY: Help for Harvest Work Needed+++
In view of the lack of seasonal workers in agriculture, Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner has called on German citizens to participate voluntarily in the harvest. She pointed out that the federal government had extended additional income limits for harvest assistance and had decided on further easing of labour laws. Almost 42,000 people have already responded to the campaign www.daslandhilft.de, in which her ministry is participating. But 300,000 helpers are needed.
+++GERMANY: Increased Number of Care Beds+++
Due to the corona crisis, hospitals in Germany have increased the number of intensive care beds from 28,000 to 40,000. The number of intensive care beds with respirators had increased from about 20,000 to about 30,000. Hospitals are confident that a device will be available in the next two weeks for all Covid-19 patients requiring ventilation.
April 1, 2020
In order to see which measures are taken by which university please see the frequently updates table provided by the free association of students https://www.fzs.de/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/%C3%9Cbersicht-Hochschulen-Umgang-mit-Corona-Virus-2020-03-31.xlsx
+++World Health Organization: Online Courses on Covid-19+++
The World Health Organization (WHO) provides a number of online courses in 16 different languages on different areas of the covid-19 topic: https://openwho.org/courses
+++GENERAL: Fake News Due to April Fool’s Day+++
April Fool’s Day is annual custom on April 1 consisting of practical jokes and hoaxes, which are often exposed by shouting “April fools” at the recipient. Mass media can be involved in these pranks, which may be revealed the day after. However in the current situation, we are all asked to refrain from making up stories about the coronavirus topic on April 1st this year. This will minimize the danger that the fight against the virus will be complicated by false information on the subject.
March 31, 2020
+++GERMANY: New Corona Test Possibilities+++
Researchers in Frankfurt am Main have developed a faster corona test method, according to the Hessian state government. With this, several samples can be tested at once. Thus, the number of tests per day in Germany could be increased from the current 40,000 to 200,000 to 400,000 without loss of quality.
The interior ministers of the federal and state governments demand the restrictions on public life in the fight against the epidemic to be maintained, as we are only at the beginning of the pandemic and must not cancel the necessary measures to interrupt the chains of infection at an early stage. The German federal minister of the interior, Horst Seehofer therefore urgently appeals to all citizens not to let up and to continue to adhere to the contact restrictions as this is necessary to save lives. The chairman of the conference of interior ministers, Thuringia’s interior minister Georg Maier, warned that the contact restrictions must first show effect. Bavaria has already extended its initial restrictions until 19 April. According to the Bavarian minister president the measures imposed by the politicians showed first effects and the curve of infections is flattening out a bit. Nevertheless, he said that the debate initiated by some politicians about an exit from the protective measures was premature and came at an inopportune moment. https://www.tagesschau.de/newsticker/liveblog-corona-montag-101.html
+++GENERAL: Caution with Home Infection+++
The World Health Organization (WHO) warns of the risk of infection in the home. Because strict exit restrictions have been introduced in many countries to contain the coronavirus, in most parts of the world, most infections now take place at home. Everyone in the home should be very vigilant about their health. Suspicious cases must be quickly identified and separated from other family members. Confirmed cases must be isolated and family members who may have been infected must remain in quarantine. Only if this was guaranteed could a relaxation of the strict initial restrictions be considered. Each country would have to find a practicable way to implement such measures.
March 30, 2020
+++DAAD INDIA & CHINA: Online Events +++
Given the current situation, the DAAD is offering several online events or interaction possibilities. You can use these to learn more about study and research in Germany – from the comfort of your home. DAAD India: https://www.daad.in/en/2020/03/24/daad-online-event-line-up/ , DAAD China: https://www.daad.org.cn/de/event/webinar-study-in-germany/
+++GERMANY: Stuttgart Free Deutsche Bahn Bike Rental+++
From Monday, 30 March, in Stuttgart the 1,500 bicycles of the bicycle rental system operated by Deutsche Bahn can be used free of charge for one hour. The offer is initially valid up to and including Monday, April 13, 2020, during which time the 450 pedelecs can also be rented free of charge for 30 minutes. Bikes can be borrowed and returned as usual at the stations, via the RegioRadStuttgart app, directly via the station terminal or with the polygoCard.
+++CHINA: Embassy Opening+++
The Embassy’s legal and consular section will only be open on the following days from 8.00 to 11.30 a.m. in the coming weeks: Monday, 30.03., Wednesday, 01.04., Friday, 07.04., Tuesday, 07.04., Thursday, 09.04. The opening hours of the Passport and Visa Office will not change. https://china.diplo.de/cn-de/vertretungen/botschaft/-/1213924
+++WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: The Biggest Myth Busters on Covid-19+++
There are many myths going around these days about the Covid-19 virus. The World Health Organization has collected the most spread ones and is clarifying on their truth. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters
March 29, 2020
+++INTERNATIONAL: WHO Messenger Service With News on Covid-19+++
The global health organization has set up a messenger service keeping you updated every day about the latest news on the corona virus. News are available in four different languages, the activation of this service is very easy. Please find all relevant information here: https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/who-health-alert-brings-covid-19-facts-to-billions-via-whatsapp#.XoGvDwIr4os.twitter
+++INTERNATIONAL: Information on How To Recognise Disinformation+++
In these times there are a lot of information going around and it’s often hard to tell which one you can trust. The European Parliament has published an article aut the topic of disinformation and how to possibly prevent it: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/society/20200326STO75917/disinformation-how-to-recognise-and-tackle-covid-19-myths
March 28, 2020:
+++GERMANY: Universities Digital Teaching Summer Semester+++
Some of the universities have announced that they possibly cannot cancel the entire summer
semester and are looking for workable solutions to continue the sessions. They are looking at offering digital teaching from around their campuses. Students can continue their summer sessions by attending the online classes from the comfort of their homes. Please check the website of your university for detailed information.
+++GERMANY: University Application Winter Semester+++
International Students who have received their admission for summer semester 2020 are being advised by some of the universities to defer their studies to next semester, i.e. winter 2020/21, as most universities are currently not operational. They are unable to provide concrete information as to when the students can start their summer semester. Please visit your respective university website for more details. The Technical University of Munich for example has issued a statement stating that for students who have received admission for this summer will be valid for winter semester 2020/21. They can submit a new application via their online portal and seek admission. Students who have not applied yet should know that due to the ongoing situation concerning Covid-19 pandemic, many universities have also extended their winter semester application deadline by a few more weeks. Please check their websites for detailed information.
March 27, 2020
+++FINTIBA: Solution on Legitimation Issues+++
As some of you have trouble with your legitimation process due to closures of legitimation institutions, we are happy to confirm that we have a solution for all customers who are stuck in legitimation and cannot get access to their money. Please contact email@example.com and we will assist you with solving the issue.
+++GERMANY: Universities Overview Measures+++
The FSZ provides us with an overview of closures and postponements for many German universities and links for further information: https://www.fzs.de/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/%C3%9Cbersicht-Hochschulen-Umgang-mit-Corona-Virus-2020-03-19.xlsx
+++GENERAL: Another Inspirational Idea for Staying At Home+++
You are interested in science and research? This website presents several Citizen Science projects in which you can easily participate from your couch. Thanks to the ongoing digitalisation, the “wisdom of crowds” and joint research can now be increasingly implemented online and enables cooperation between scientific institutions and citizens more easily than ever before. All you need is a computer or smartphone. Have fun browsing and researching! https://www.buergerschaffenwissen.de/zuhause-mitforschen
+++THAILAND: Processing of Visa Requests+++
The German Embassy in Bangkok continues to process applications. Within a few days they have received over thousand requests for consular certification for visa extensions. Up to 16 staff members continue to process the incoming requests every day. Hundreds of personalized certificates have already been sent out. Please understand that the processing may take a few days. They do what they can to ensure that there are no problems with immigration. The telephone lines of the Thai Embassy are also open on weekends. https://bangkok.diplo.de/th-de/service/aktuelle-informationen/2320408
+++CHINA: Travel Restrictions+++
The civil aviation administration has released a notice on Further Reducing International Passenger Flights during the Epidemic Prevention and Control Period: starting from this Sunday (29.03.2020), each Chinese airline is only allowed to maintain one route to any specific country with no more than one flight per week; each foreign airline is only allowed to maintain one route to China with no more than one weekly flight: http://www.caac.gov.cn/en/XWZX/202003/t20200326_201748.html
March 26, 2020
+++FINTIBA: New Article with dedicated Information on Corona and Blocked Account+++
We created an article within our Fintiba help center responding to the most asked questions on handling blocked account issues in these times, whether is about closing your account or health insurance concerns. Please find all relevant information here: https://help.fintiba.com/hc/en-gb/categories/360002436119-COVID-19
+++GERMANY: New Corona Test Possibilities+++
The technology group Bosch has developed a rapid test for the detection of the Covid 19 virus. The new method provides results within two and a half hours. The newly developed test is to be available in Germany from April onwards, with other European and non-European markets to follow: https://www.deutschland.de/de/news/coronavirus-in-deutschland-informationen
++++CHINA: Embassy Restrictions+++
The travel restrictions within the 30 day travel ban expressly do not apply for third-country nationals who hold a long-term residence permit for an EU Member State or residence permit or long-term visa, e.g. for pursuing studies or taking up employment, provided that they are returning to their place of habitual residence. That means that students who have been to Germany and come back to their home country, are allowed to enter Germany within the 30 days ban. However, for students at their first time of getting German VISA may not be able to enter: https://china.diplo.de/cn-zh/service/Notfall-Einreisstopp
+++CHINA: TestAS Appointments+++
The academic examination board (APS) points out that the information of the TestDaF Institute regarding the postponement of the April TestAS date to June 6, 2020 (https://www.testdaf.de) is not valid for participants in China. At this point in time, no alternative date is planned for China and it must be assumed that the next date will not take place until October. If an alternative date can be offered for China, it will be published on their website immediately: https://www.aps.org.cn/coronatermin
March 25, 2020
The deadline for the submission of house and finishing work was again extended to 4 weeks after the original deadlines. All information about the current status at the Goethe University can be found here: http://uni-frankfurt.de/corona
For updated regulations at other universities please check their newsletters and websites.
+++GERMANY: Universities General Overview of Predicted Start of Summer Semester+++
The website of the “Hochschulforum für Digitalisierung” offers a nice overview of the postponed starts of the summer semesters for each German state:
While in following article you find interesting information on a demand of three female professors who are calling in an open letter for the summer semester to be a “non-semester”. Although teaching should take place where possible, the summer semester should not be counted as usual. There should be no disadvantages for students who could not complete their studies due to the corona crisis. So far, the letter has been signed by well over 1000 people and has already been sent to the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs and the German Rectors’ Conference, among others. Please see the full article here: https://www.bento.de/future/corona-krise-sommersemester-2020-soll-nicht-gewertet-werden-fordern-forschende-a-01ab5f2f-f641-467a-9501-95f7ba2e3b3e
+++GERMANY: Robert Koch Institute on situation in Germany
The Robert Koch Institute comments on the fact that there have been relatively few deaths in Germany so far. This is partly due to the fact that broad testing has been carried out from the very beginning. Therefore, the virus was discovered comparatively early and there have been many mild cases. But they also informed we are still at the beginning of the epidemic and it is completely open how it will develop, so staying home is still the best we can do right now.
+++GERMANY: Goethe Institut Learning German+++
As a replacement for German lessons that are currently not taking place, the Goethe Institute offers a series of exciting articles that you can discover from the comfort of your couch. Play, listen, read, test your knowledge – click through! https://www.goethe.de/de/spr/ueb/ers.html, also Deutsch Perfekt, the leading magazine for learning German, offers nice exercises and articles to improve your German: https://www.deutsch-perfekt.com/deutsch-ueben
March 24, 2020:
+++FINTIBA: How to Enjoy the Time at Home – New Article+++
The best way we can cope with the circumstances at the moment is to make yourself feel like home and stay inside. We collected a couple of nice cultural, sportive and smart ideas on how you could use this quality time for yourself and to make the best out of it. Happy discovering! https://www.fintiba.com/15-things-to-do-at-home/
+++EUROPE: Support Measures+++
EU countries have started cooperating to assist the member states hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak. Following an initial phase of the many countries isolating themselves from one another, according to broadcaster Südwestrundfunk Germany flew over seven tons of medical supplies to Italy. Meanwhile, hospitals in Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg have all taken in coronavirus patients from neighboring countries: https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-latest-world-adjusts-to-life-on-lockdown/a-52894285
+++GERMANY: Regulations of Fines+++
The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia will be the first to publish a catalogue of fines for violations of the new nationwide restrictions on movement implemented on Sunday. According to the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung people gathering in groups of more than two will be hit with €200 fines, and picnics and barbecues will incur €250. Additionally, according to the report, those operating a bar, club or gym will be fined €5.000. For more information please see: https://www.waz.de/thema/coronavirus/mindestens-200-euro-strafe-nrw-beschliesst-bussgeldkatalog-id228760885.html
+++GERMANY: Additional Measurements+++
German states are putting in place various measures to stop the spread of coronavirus in refugee homes and accommodation. These include testing, quarantines and shutting common rooms. Classes and group care for children in homes have stopped. Several states, including hard-hit Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, are testing all new arrivals, with Bremen putting migrants in quarantine until the results are back. North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony are examining people on arrival for symptoms and asking for details about their journey. NRW is not accepting any new arrivals or transfers for the next two weeks.
+++GERMANY: New Restrictions+++
On Sunday, Chancellor Angela Merkel banned gatherings of more than two people throughout the whole country for two weeks. Restaurants and businesses that require close physical contact have been closed. People are also required to stay 1.5 meters away from each other in public. Germany is going to great lengths to avoid a total lockdown, which is still in the cards if people don’t respect the new rules.
March 23, 2020:
+++Germany: Emergency Aid Measures by the German Government+++
In order to support society and the economy during the corona crisis, the German government provides a large amount of money. To ensure that the aid reaches its intended recipients quickly, the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament, is to consider the aid packages on Wednesday, with the Bundesrat, the German deliberative body that represents the country’s 16 federal states, following on Friday. One measure for example prevents landlords from evicting renters if they can no longer pay their rent due to the corona crisis. You can see the full list of actions to be taken here: https://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-cabinet-agrees-to-750-billion-euros-in-emergency-aid-measures-a-9905ff76-c22d-4a9e-a3d4-c44633daf94e
+++GERMANY: Train Connections+++
Throughout Germany, Deutsche Bahn’s rail traffic is largely stable. They still aim to maintain traffic as long and as well as possible. In case of tickets purchased by 13th of March, they can be used flexibly until 30th June on the same distance without being tied to a certain train or they can be exchanged for travel vouchers. FlixTrain tickets are now also valid on DB IC and ICE trains with immediate effect. Most of the travel centres throughout Germany will continue to be open at least from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For further information pleasevisit the news portal of Deutsche Bahn: https://www.deutschebahn.com/de/presse/pressestart_zentrales_uebersicht/Presse-Blog-zur-aktuellen-Lage-Coronavirus-und-Bahnverkehr-4966788
+++GERMANY: New Restrictions+++
Germany has not imposed a total curfew, but more than two people should not be outside together, if they are not part of the same household. It is allowed to go for a walk with a friend, even if you don’t live together, however goups of three or more people are forbidden unless you are family or roommates. As chancellor Angela Merkel has announced on Sunday the minimum distance (1,5-2m) should maintained whenever possible. Generally contact with other people should kept to a minimum. Violations are observed by officials and the police, fines of individual amounts will be applied in the event of detected noncompliance. For daily updates please see the news portal of Deutsche Bahn: https://www.deutschebahn.com/de/presse/pressestart_zentrales_uebersicht/Presse-Blog-zur-aktuellen-Lage-Coronavirus-und-Bahnverkehr-4966788
+++INDIA: Visa Regulations+++
Regular visa, e-visa or stay stipulation of all foreign nationals, which have expired or would be expiring during the period from 13th of March, 2020 to 15th of April, 2020, would be extended till midnight of 15th of April, 2020 on a free basis after making online application by the foreigner to the concerned foreigner registration in India. Exit of such foreign nationals, if so requested by them during this period, will be granted without levy of overstay penalty. The Indian Government has halted all international commercial scheduled flights for a week starting from 23rd March. Many carriers have already stopped their service between India and Europe. India has changed its entry requirements due to the COVID19 epidemic. All (e-) visas issued to foreigners were declared invalid until April 15, 2020. Exceptions to the entry ban only apply to holders of “Employment” and “Project” visas, but not to holders of “Tourism”, “Business” or “Journalist” visas. German travelers in India can continue their stay on their visas. Travel restrictions related to COVID-19 are subject to change. Please see the continuously updated travel advisory for India on the website of the Federal Foreign Office (in German) as well as the updates of the Indian Bureau of Immigration .
+++CHINA: Embassy Opening+++
The Embassy’s legal and consular section will only be open on the following days from 8.00 to 11.30 a.m. in the coming weeks: Tuesday, 24.03., Thursday, 26.03., Monday, 30.03., Wednesday, 01.04., Friday, 03.04. The opening hours of the Passport and Visa Office will not change. https://china.diplo.de/cn-de/vertretungen/botschaft/-/1213924?openAccordionId=item-1213928-1-panel
+++TAIWAN: Visa Processing+++
Due to the temporary entry ban imposed by the EU, only limited processing of visa applications is carried out at DI Taipei. The acceptance of C and D visa applications will be suspended for the duration of the entry stop. A visa-free entry into Germany is currently not possible. https://taipei.diplo.de/tw-de/-/2302636
+++PAKISTAN: Visa Regulations and Consulate Opening+++
As announced on their website last week, the Visa Section of the German Consulate General Karachi has been closed with effect from Thursday, March 19th to initially April 19th because of the decision of EU Heads of States and Governments on 17th of March 2020 to implement 30-day travel restrictions for non-EU nationals travelling from outside the EU. For applicants whose application is processed at the moment and who wish to withdraw their passport, the visa section of the German Consulate General Karachi will open on Wednesday, March 25th from 10 am to 3 pm. The visa section will only open for the purpose of passport withdrawal. No new applications or other requests will be processed. https://pakistan.diplo.de/pk-en/-/2320286, https://twitter.com/Germany_Karachi
March 22, 2020:
+++GERMANY: Order of Protection+++
The German government has introduced a ban on meetings with more than two people in public. This applies to all federal states in Germany. The federal and state governments have decided not to impose curfews and instead rely on a comprehensive ban on contact. Groups of max. two people are allowed to go outside. Running, taking a walk, doing sports outdoors will also still be permitted. The best you can do now for you and your surroundings is to stay at home. In order to enjoy this time to the fullest and not to feel loneley, we will be providing you with tips and ideas for what you can do at home in a new Fintiba blog article this week. Until then you can visit this page, which lists many events that are currently taking place virtually, among others this could be yoga classes, theatre performances or concerts: www.dringeblieben.de
+++GERMANY: Closing Restrictions+++
Restaurants, hairdressers and beauty salons are from now on closed nationswide. Food delivery however is still available, also some other shops offer delivery services, in order to see availability, check their websites and social channels. Doctors appointments might also be cancelled. Please call your doctor for detailed information.
March 20, 2020:
+++FINTIBA PLUS: Procedure for changing Arrival Dates+++
In case you are a Fintiba Plus member and you are aware that your semester start has been postponed or you are planning to reschedule your trip to Germany, please inform us about the changes via firstname.lastname@example.org. The new information will allow us to update your health insurance information within the package and ensure that you are still covered for your entire stay.
+++GERMANY: New Restrictions+++
We might possibly expect a lockdown in Germany as they already have in Spain or Italy, the situation will be observed over the weekend and based on that decided by the federal governments which measurements will be taken. Please find more information in this article: https://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/germany-weighing-strict-curfews-if-rules-violated-over-weekend-a-b7a39586-2557-4e6a-b712-7e24e1dea800
+++GERMANY: Updates on corona in the different states of Germany+++
Please check our FAQs for a list of the health ministries of each state for specific information on recent changes in each state.
+++TURKEY: Visa Restrictions+++
More than 15 German missions abroad had to close their visa offices to the public due to the current situation in the respective host country (also the German missions abroad in Turkey). In order to reduce the public traffic at the German missions abroad in Turkey, the acceptance of visa applications will be suspended for the time being from 18 March onwards. This does not currently affect applications submitted to the external service provider iData, in particular applications for Schengen visas (please refer to the service provider’s homepage for information on any changes https://idata.com.tr/de/de). This measure applies to applications submitted to all German missions abroad in Turkey (Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir). In emergencies, please contact the respective mission at https://tuerkei.diplo.de/tr-de/vertretungen. More information on the restrictions you can find here: https://tuerkei.diplo.de/tr-de/-/2319706
March 19, 2020:
+++Germany: Travel Restrictions for Newly Arriving Students+++
According to most recent information from the Federal Foreign Office, third-country nationals who have their main residence or domicile in Germany may return to Germany. Unfortunately, newly arrived students do not yet meet these requirements, especially as the number of university closures and postponements of the start of the semester are increasing and therefore the purpose of travel is to be questioned. The Humboldt University, for example, has been asking first-year students on their website already since days not to travel to Germany. We are not yet able to predict when the situation will improve. This is due to whether the entry ban will be extended and especially to the further course of the pandemic.
The postponing of the start of lectures should not be connected with an extension of the course time in the summer semester.
However, this situation always depends on the overall situation in Germany and will be determined by further developmentsn. At the Technical University in Berlin for example they are already expecting a postponement until mid-May. Consequently it’s questionable whether the semester can still offer enough content or if it has to be cancelled completely. Please find more information in this article: https://www.morgenpost.de/berlin/article228707587/TU-Praesident-Die-Frage-ist-ob-wir-das-Semester-absagen.html
+++GERMANY: Fintiba Customer Service and Legitimation Options+++
Fintiba will continue with providing their services and their customer support. While we are partially working from remote locations, we are providing all our services as usual. DAK offices will be closed, but you can still do your legitimation via post ident at post offices, in a local bank or your local city hall.
+++GERMANY: Money Access+++
While some banks are temporarily closing some of their branches, there are no restrictions on the supply of cash and the functionality of the payment systems. All monthy payouts will be processed as usual by Fintiba.
+++CHINA: Visa applicants+++
German embassy in China has informed several visa applicants that the embassy is going to pause the visa process until further notice due to the EU entrance restriction for 30 days. Visa applicants are free to wait until further results or withdraw their visa applications. The APS (Die Akademische Prüfstelle) has announced an entrance ban for EU to avoid unnecessary trips to China. From now on, until 15th April, the visa applications cannot proceed. However, the APS appointment is still working, the applicants can still apply for the APS examination now. Please see the website of APS for further information: https://www.aps.org.cn/coronatermin
+++INDIA: Visa and Residence Permits+++
In order to help preventing the outbreak of the Corona virus (COVID-19), the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany has announced to close its public traffic for visa and residence permits until further notice, coming into effect from Thursday, 19th March 2020 until Friday, 3rd April 2020. In the visa section there are no personal interviews of visa applicants and all appointments are suspended. The Consulate General remains open only for emergency cases and for application and collection of German passports. Other services are not being provided. Please find all relevant information on the website of the German Consulate https://india.diplo.de/in-en/vertretungen/generalkonsulat1/-/2320356
March 18, 2020:
+++GERMANY: Visa Regulations+++
According to currently available information, holders of German residence permits and valid national visas are exempt from the imposed entry ban, which is valid until mid-April. However, we always recommend to check the relevant websites or possible changes directly with your responsible embassy.
Due to the current situation many foreign travellers have been stranded in the Schengen Area, with their visas and visa-free stay about to expire. Travel restrictions, cancelled flights and closed borders of most of the Schengen Countries will affect the number of these travellers to increase in the following days. The European Commission has explained that Schengen visa holders currently in the Schengen Area, can extend their visas, as the EU visa rules provide them with the right of stay extension due to force majeure. Please read detailed information here: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/eu-commission-explains-what-happens-with-foreigners-unable-to-leave-due-to-travel-restrictions/
According to the German Acdemic Exchange Service (DAAD) all university summer courses for summer 2020 have to be cancelled. No further commitments will be made until further notice. Individual Scholarships for studying in Germany will not be available for the summer semester 2020. For those who are already scholarship holders and are unable to return to their home country as a result of coronavirus travel restrictions, the support will be extended.Please find all information here: https://www.daad.de/en/coronavirus/
+++GERMANY: Foreign Offices+++
In most foreign offices in Germany from Wednesday, 18.03.2020, due to the coronavirus, visits are only possible by appointment. Appointment requests can mostly be done via website or by telephone to the responsible officer.
For all other requests, the responsible officer can be contacted by e-mail or telephone. For changes at short notice, please refer to the information on their dedicated websites.
+++FINTIBA: Money Access without Registration Certificate+++
In order to make sure to have access to your money, also in case you don’t have your registration certificate yet, we show you four diffrent options of current accounts which you can simply open without the certificate. Please find these options in your Fintiba app in the section “Current Account”.
+++GERMANY: Universities and Health Insurance+++
Some universities, such as the university in Magdeburg switched to online enrollment so that you are still able to receive your enrollment certificate and activate DAK for the time of your studies. Please contact your university in Germany for further information on adapted procedures.
+++GERMANY: Travel Restrictions+++
Germany has shut its borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark. Goods and commuters will be exempt from the ban, said German interior minister Horst Seehofer. Travellers from outside the EU are being turned away from airports and borders, after the 27-country bloc imposed a 30-day ban to halt the spread of coronavirus. On the website of the Federal Foreign Office you can find daily updates and FAQ’s on the nationwide travel ban. In terms of the repatriation action they have announced for people who have a residence permit for Germany, live in Germany and have travelled from there on holiday, they try to find a solution within the limits of their capacities: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/reise-und-sicherheitshinweise/reisewarnungen/faq-reisewarnung?openAccordionId=item-2320088-10-panel
+++PAKISTAN: Embassy Opening+++
Taking into consideration the decision of EU Heads of States and Governments on 17th of March 2020 agreed to implement 30-day travel restrictions for non-EU nationals travelling from outside the EU, the Visa Sections and Consulates of the German Embassy Islamabad and of the German Consulate General Karachi will be closed with effect from Thursday, March 19th to initially April 19th. Emergencies will be processed. Please find detaield information here: https://pakistan.diplo.de/pk-en/-/2320286
March 17, 2020:
+++GERMANY: Train Connections+++
Domestic and long-distance traffic of the German railway company (Deutsche Bahn) started regularly on Monday with almost no restrictions. During the course of the day, the usual service in Germany was operating. At the same time, DB continues to maintain close contact with the federal states, the responsible authorities and its European partners. Please find more information in this press release. Deutsche Bahn also supports the German government in calling back the passengers from abroad to Germany. Airline boarding passes are now valid as train tickets for onward travel to the actual destination airport in the home country, initially until the end of the month. According to the CEO they provide fast and unbureaucratic assistance. Together with the federal government and the airlines, they offer security for all those who are now stuck abroad and want to come home. Please find the most recent information on the news portal of Deutsche Bahn: https://www.deutschebahn.com/de/presse/pressestart_zentrales_uebersicht/Presse-Blog-zur-aktuellen-Lage-Coronavirus-und-Bahnverkehr-4966788
+++FINTIBA: Mawista & DAK Health Insurance+++
Both insurer cover 100% of the medical bills if you fall ill or have an accident abroad. This applies also if you get infected by COVID-19. They also pay for Corona-tests in case of a medical indication being present (i. e. a you have symptoms and visit the doctor who says to have a test). The test is not covered in case you want to get tested without a doctor initiating it. In case you assume an infection due to typical symptoms, please call your physician or (in case you stay in Germany) dial 116117 and for specific information on Mawista services you can call their 24 hrs emergency hotline at +49 89 624 24 – 496 and for information from DAK please dial 040 325 325 800 .
You can find all updates about the pandemic under https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus.
Many university buildings are closed with a few exceptions e.g. for departments with clinical tasks. Most universities offer live tickers, news portals and FAQ sections on their website keeping their students informed about recent changes in examinations, opening hours, digital services and deadline extensions.
+++GERMANY: Border Closure+++
The European Commission is planning to ban all non-essential travel in the European free trade zone Schengen, as more and more countries close their borders to contain the spread of the coronavirus. According to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, she wants to call on the heads of state and government to implement the measures today. In order to reduce the risk of infection by coronavirus, the federal government temporarily restricts cross-border traffic from France, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Denmark. Goods traffic remains possible, and commuters should also be able to continue to enter the country. Checks at the internal borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark have been carried out by the Federal Police since 16 March 2020. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she hoped that the border controls introduced by many EU countries in response to the coronavirus would be lifted quickly once the situation improves. Please find more information here: https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/coronavirus/kontrollen-an-den-grenzen-1730742
The German government issues a worldwide travel warning. Chancellor Merkel announced that from now on pleasure trips are forbidden. There will be no tourist travels domestically or abroad, travels with overnight stays are only permitted for work-related travel. The Federal Foreign Office has also launched a recall action for thousands of Germans who are stuck abroad due to travel restrictions in the Corona crisis. Please find more information here: https://www.deutschland.de/en/news/coronavirus-in-germany-informations
+++GERMANY: Closing Restrictions+++
Bars, theatres, museums, cinemas, leisure parks and non-essential shops will be closed, however supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, post offices and other shops considered important service providers will remain open. Nationwide playgrounds are to be closed. Restaurants will only be allowed to open between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The 16 federal states will decide when these measures will come into effect, but the states have agreed with Merkel to adapt the changes as quickly as possible. The government wants to maintain the economic processes as far as possible: https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-latest-french-president-macron-says-we-are-at-war-as-he-orders-lockdown/a-52788195
+++GERMANY: City Offices+++
Several public city offices should no longer be visited and are available to all customers by e-mail / post or telephone. For all matters that cannot be dealt with by e-mail / post / telephone, personal visits are only possible by appointment. In Essen, for example, all city offices will be closed from today until at least April 19, 2020. Anything that cannot be postponed can be clarified by telephone. This also means that you cannot renew your identity card now. But there are no fines if you show an old ID card in the next few weeks. The immigration authority in Essen still allows visitors, but with restrictions. If you have an appointment, you are only allowed to enter the building 10 minutes before. Without an appointment, no more than six people per subject area may enter the building. A security service will regulate the entrance on site.
Please check your local city offices for detailed information as the regulations are still applied differently depending on the region.
+++INDIA: Travel Restrictions+++
India has imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine for citizens returning from China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Spain. Tourist visas have been suspended until April 15. Expanding compulsory quarantine for a minimum of 14 days for passengers coming from/transiting through UAE, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait. This will come into effect 12:00 GMT on 18th March, 2020 at the port of first departure.
+++CHINA: Travel Restrictions+++
Visitors arriving from Italy, South Korea and Japan and arriving in Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan or Guangdong must enter quarantine for two weeks. According to recent updates the list of countries included in the 14 day quarantine list has now been extended to Iran, France, Spain, Germany and the United States.
March 16, 2020:
+++ GERMANY: Border Closure +++
Borders between Germany and France, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg, and Denmark are closed for non-essential travels from Monday, March 16th, 8:00 a.m. Deliveries of goods and commuters can cross these borders.
+++ GERMANY: Train Connections +++
The German railway company (Deutsche Bahn) has announced to reduce regional train connections. Long-distance traffic is not affected by this.
+++ GERMANY: Closing Restrictions +++
Most public events have been cancelled. Restrictions depend on different local regulations. Several foreign offices are closed for official hours and kindly ask for contact via phone. Supermarkets will stay open and be excluded from closing restrictions.
Hamburg: Hamburg has also banned gatherings regardless of the number of participants.
North Rhine-Westphalia: The NRW state government in Düsseldorf announced that almost all leisure, sports, entertainment, and educational activities in the state would be suspended. Starting on Monday, all bars, clubs, gambling halls, theatres, cinemas and museums in NRW will have to close.
Berlin: Berlin has banned gatherings with more than 50 people, which has led to the closure of clubs, pubs, theatres, cinemas, and gyms. Restaurants remain open.
Bavaria: Starting Tuesday, Bavaria will close all bars, cinemas, and public swimming pools, and on Wednesday, individual businesses will have to close.
For detailed information on the region in which you are planning a stay in Germany, please visit the website of the respective federal state.
+++ GERMANY: Universities +++
Universities have postponed the start of lectures at least until April 20th, 2020. Not all universities are closed. Some of them are still open, research is being carried out and staff can be present. However, examinations are to continue to take place. For the time being, this does not restrict the number of degrees. Lecturers are requested to prepare for the possibilities of digital teaching or to examine the expansion of digital teaching. Please inform yourself on the website of your university. Mostly you can find the latest information on changes due to Corona within the news section or directly on the homepage of your university. Some of them even have dedicated E-Mail addresses or crisis management teams which are in contact with medical centres and the authorities of the city. You can make use of services available online or via phone, and rather refrain from visiting in person.
+++ FINTIBA: Customer Care +++
Our customer support team is, of course, still there to help you with any questions you may have. We at Fintiba also work partly in home office. Nevertheless, we are still able to be there for you.
+++ INDIA: Outgoing Travels +++
Outgoing travellers are subjected to preliminary tests before immigration.
+++ INDIA: Visa for Germany +++
Students in India can still apply for a visa for Germany as most embassies and VFS offices are still operating.
+++ CHINA: German Embassy +++
The German Embassy in China continues its visa service and APS keeps working, more details can be found here: https://www.aps.org.cn/coronatermin
+++ CHINA: Blocked Account +++
Deutsche Bank continues to suspend the blocked account service. The only alternative for a German blocked account remains Fintiba.
+++ TAIWAN: German Embassy +++
German Embassies are still operating.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please keep yourself up-to-date with the latest travel information for Germany on the website of your German embassy as well as of your destination airport (e.g. Fraport for the international airport of Frankfurt).
When entering Germany, suspicious cases are handled by the responsible authorities. The German government has now implemented a general registration of air travellers from China, South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran. Exit cards must also be filled out for cross-border train and bus traffic. Carriers have also been obliged to distribute information on disease prevention to all passengers in cross-border transportation (flight, ship, train, bus).
Measures to fight the spread of coronavirus are subject to local regulations. These may include quarantine measures in case of confirmed infection with COVID-19. So far, there are no specific federal restrictions. However, it is recommended to avoid public events with a higher number of participants (depending on federal restrictions but avoiding bigger gatherings of peoples generally recommended). In general, international advice to reduce the spread of the coronavirus should be followed. This includes regular and thorough handwashing with soap for 20-30 seconds, sneezing in the elbows or a quickly disposable handkerchief or tissue, keeping a distance from other people and avoiding shaking hands. Further information and details can be found on the World Health Organization’s website.
Students should contact their university and inform themselves about the situation in their respective federal state and location to check how a safe presence at the university can be guaranteed. It should also be investigated whether stays can be postponed or, if necessary, replaced by virtual formats. (source: DAAD)
Students coming to Germany from an area at risk are recommended to observe a 14-day quarantine to minimize risks of contagion. If this means that you may miss out on exams or studies, please contact your examination office. You will have to present formal documentation that you are coming from an area of risk and are missing your studies/ exams because of the quarantine. You can find a current overview of areas at risk on the pages of the Robert Koch Institute.
Should you experience symptoms of a cold after your arrival in Germany from an affected area/ an area at risk, please stay at home and call a doctor (medical on-call service: 116 117). Please relay that you have been to an affected area/ an area at risk. The doctor will guide you on the next steps.
Travellers should keep the contact details of their home country’s embassy or consulate in Germany in case they need to contact these.
A short overview of what to do to help protect yourself and others is available at the website of Auswärtiges Amt Leaflet on coronavirus: Protect – Recognise – Act
You can reach our experts at 040 325 325 800
For emergencies, the MAWISTA phone service is available 24hs: +49 89 624 24 – 496
The German embassy has asked us to spread these emergency numbers for every state in case of emergency.
On the website of the Federal Foreign Office you can find a list of all foreign embassies in Germany with their addresses and contact numbers. Please find it here: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/vertretungen-anderer-staaten
Please find below a list of the respective health ministries of each state with updated information on restrictions and closures. Most of their information is provided in German, however some states such as Hessen offers dedicated information in English.
Nordrhein Westfahlen: https://www.land.nrw/corona
Rheinland Pfalz; https://msagd.rlp.de/de/unsere-themen/gesundheit-und-pflege/gesundheitliche-versorgung/oeffentlicher-gesundheitsdienst-hygiene-und-infektionsschutz/infektionsschutz/informationen-zum-coronavirus-sars-cov-2/
Schleswig Holstein: https://ms.sachsen-anhalt.de/themen/gesundheit/aktuell/coronavirus/
The BDP Corona Hotline is realized by the voluntary work of psychologists and the Professional Association of German Psychologists. (BDP). The hotline is aimed at all those who are psychologically burdened by the corona crisis situation, for example by suffering from domestic isolation, lacking social support, losing structure in everyday life or being uncertain about how to proceed. To support them, professional psychologists offer telephone counselling in this special situation.: 08007772244
In March Helios Kliniken GmbH launched a Germany-wide hotline for questions about the corona virus. Since then, more than 11,000 callers have been contacted, advised and, if necessary, referred to a smear test centre. In order to cover the increasing need for psychological support, Helios has now expanded the team behind the hotline to include psychologists, among others: 0800 8 123 456 https://www.helios-gesundheit.de/unternehmen/aktuelles/pressemitteilungen/detail/news/neues-angebot-der-helios-hotline-corona/
„Telefonseelsorge” is a general German helpline which you can call whenever you need counselling on any issue. It can also be reached from abroad via online phoning. Additionally they offer the free option to call +49-800 1110111 / +49-800 1110222 through a phone with German simcard. All numbers are completely free of charge. https://www.telefonseelsorge.de/?q=node/7651