Information about Corona Regulations
On this site we collected some information about Covid regulations that might help you with your arrival in Karlsruhe. We try to keep this site as current as possible, however there is no guarantee for completeness or actuality.
You find official up-to-date sources
- on entry regulations: on the website of the German foreign service
- on the current restrictions in Karlsruhe: in the rules passed by the state of Baden-Württemberg and the city of Karlsruhe (only German)
- on general information on the situation in Germany: at the online presence of the German center for disease prevention and control
- about studying at KIT at the moment: on the Corona Info-Site of KIT
More details on all the following topics can be found in those links
Currently, countries and areas outside Germany are classified into three different risk categories which will be mentioned below. To see how your country is classified check out the complete list here
Last updated 26.09.2021
Travel Ban for Virus Variant Areas
At the moment there is a travel ban on countries which are highly affected by at least one aggressive mutation of the Coronavirus. Classified as “Virusvariantengebiete”, people are prohibited from entering Germany from these countries. Exemptions are made for German citizens and persons who are resident in Germany with a current right to reside in the country
Digital Entry Registration
If you’ve been to any high-risk area or area of variant of concern during the last ten days before your arrival, you are required to self-isolate for ten days in the case of high-risk areas and 14 days for areas of variant of concern. These can be shortened to a minimum of five days, if by then you receive a negative test result of a test taken after your arrival. For persons who have been vaccinated or recovered from an infection and arrive from a high-risk area, mandatory quarantine ends immediately after submitting proof of vaccination or proof of recovery via the entry portal of the Federal Republic of Germany (www.einreiseanmeldung.de).
You can self-isolate at home. You are required to go there immediately and on the direct way after arriving in Germany. Afterwards you are not allowed to leave your home. The best way for shopping might be to ask your flat-mates. There are also some supermarkets that offer a delivery service, but consider you might have to order a few days in advance.
If you don’t find a solution for your shopping, you can ask in the exchange community (Incomers WhatsApp-Group), there will be always someone to help you out. If you don’t know how, just email info∂esn-karlsruhe.de, they will advise you.
Upon entering Germany, travellers aged twelve years or older must hold one (not all) of the following:
- Entry from an area of variant of concern: negative COVID-19 test result. Proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of recovery from an infection is not sufficient.
- Entry from any other Country or area: a negative COVID-19 test result, proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of recovery from an infection.
This proof must be held prior to entering the country, and must be presented to the airline before departure where applicable.
Following test results are accepted:
- A negative test result obtained using nucleic acid amplification technology (e.g. PCR, PoC- PCR) in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish. The test must have been carried out no more than 72 hours prior to entry (time of swabbing).
- Alternatively, a negative antigen rapid test result in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish. Following a stay in a high-risk area, the test must have been carried out no more than 48 hours prior to entry. Following a stay in an area of variant of concern, the test must have been carried out no more than 24 hours prior to entry.
Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish in digital or paper form (e.g. EU Digital COVID certificate; WHO vaccination booklet). Note that a photo of a proof in paper form is not sufficient. The vaccine used must be one of those listed on the website of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut. A period of at least 14 days must have elapsed since receiving the last vaccine dose.
For proof of recovery:
A positive PCR test result carried out at least 28 days but no more than six months previously.
Situation in Karlsruhe
Vaccinations are also available for exchange students free of charge and without appointments.
As a permanent vaccination offer, it is still possible to be vaccinated at the Karlsruhe Municipal Vaccination Center (Kommunales Impfzentrum) in the Schwarzwaldhalle (KIZ) daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – with or without an appointment. The KIZ vaccinates with Johnson&Johnson or the mRNA vaccines Moderna or BioNTech. With Johnson&Johnson, only one vaccination is necessary.
For those who want to vaccinate quickly and spontaneously, the portal impfen-ka.de offers vaccination appointments at the Kreisimpfzentrum Schwarzwaldhalle at short notice. There you select a free date, enter your date of birth and your email address and click on ‚Reserve‘ and your appointment is booked.
An overview of the new and current dates of vaccination campaigns in Karlsruhe and the surrounding area can be found in this table.
In Baden-Württemberg, additional spontaneous vaccination campaigns are currently taking place everywhere, many of them without the need of appointments. You can also find information on the website of your city or at dranbleiben-bw.de.
There is general Information about the vaccination at the following LINK.
Classes at KIT
Currently, on-campus courses with up to 35 students are allowed to take place applying the 3G rule. Face masks must be worn in addition if the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be safely maintained. Courses outdoors can be carried out without checking on 3G and without wearing face masks if the minimum distance is maintained. This means that those who are not considered recovered or are not fully vaccinated must present a negative Covid-19 test before attending on-campus courses or events. You can always find the latest information regarding the situation at KIT on the FAQs page.
What to do with a Possible Corona Infection?
If you are having symptoms that could hint towards an infection with Covid-19 or had contact with someone who was tested positive, you should contact a doctor immediately. Make sure to call them by phone first and not just walk in their office. You will most likely get an appointment to do a test and some instructions to follow. The test will not cost you money in this case. Please read the section below for information on how to find a doctor who can do the test.
If the test is positive (and also before you get the result) you will need to isolate yourself. See “Quarantine regulations” above for some help on this topic.
Getting Tested in Karlsruhe
The first step to get tested in Karlsruhe is to call a doctor’s offices. Not all of them, but many, are equipped for testing. A full overview of those can be found here.
One example near the campus is Dr.Göser (0721 697611). They speak English and are prepared to test international students. In any case, always call the doctor of your choice first, don’t just walk in the door.
The central pharmacy (Zentralapotheke) at Kaiserstraße 112 in Karlsruhe also offers PCR tests. The test costs 77,53 €. You can go there during opening hours, register inside the pharmacy, get tested and will receive the result within 24 hours.
If a PCR Test is not explicitly needed. You can also do a rapid test at any of the test stations in Karlsruhe. You will need your passport and will receive your result with 30 minutes. Please note that rapid test after 11.10.2021 will not remain free of charge and you will need to pay for your own test.
Medical Hotlines in Germany
116117 - This number is most important when you need medical treatment, while clinics are closed for example at night or on weekends. They might refer you to an opened sanitary institution or, if necessary, send over a doctor.
112 – The general Emergency Hotline to get an ambulance. Only for medical emergencies of any kind at any time.