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
- General Information About Covid-19 in different languages.
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 29.12.2021
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. The quarantine period may be ended on the basis of a negative test carried out no earlier than five days after entry. 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 six years or older must hold one (not all) of the following proofs:
- Entry from an area of variant of concern: negative COVID-19 test (Only PCR) result not older than 48 houres before entry, in this case a rapid antigen test or proof of recovery or vaccination is not sufficient.
- Entry from any other Country or area: a negative COVID-19 test result (antigen or PCR) not older than 48 houres before entry, 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 48 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.
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.
The proof of vaccination must contain:
- personal data of the person vaccinated (at leat surname, first name(s) and birth date or number of passport / ID
- date and number of vaccinations
- name of the vaccine used.,
- name of the illness against which the person was vaccinated.
- characteristics that allow to identify the person of institution that was responsible for the vaccination or the issuance of the certificate, such as an official seal Symbol or name.
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.
For those who want to vaccinate quickly and spontaneously, the portal impfen-ka.de offers vaccination appointments 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.
You can find a list of doctor’s practices, where you can receive your vaccination on the website of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians.
There is general Information about the vaccination at the following LINK (please scroll for English version).
Classes at KIT
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 be free of charge 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 around 90 €. You can go there during opening hours, register inside the pharmacy, get tested and will receive the result within 24 hours.
Alternatively, you can also get tested on the test station near the Karlsruhe central train station “Hauptbahnhof”. They offer antigen quick tests as well as PCR Tests. Please visit their website for an overview of their prices and available appointments.
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 within 15/30 minutes. Please note that rapid tests are free of charge.
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.