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 01.04.2021 (Getting Tested in Karlsruhe, Situation in Karlsruhe)
Travel Ban for Virus Variant Areas
Digital Entry Registration
If you are coming from a region classified as risk area or high incidence area you need to register online with a digital entry registration. Please go to this website and follow the instructions given there.
If you’ve been to any country mentioned in any of the risk categories during the last ten days before your arrival, you are required to stay into go into quarantine for ten days. 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.
You can do the quarantine at home. You are required to go there immeadiately and on the direct way after arriving in Germany. Afterwards you are not allowed to leaveyour home. For shopping the best way might be to ask your flat-mates. There are also some supermarcets 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.
If you are coming from a high incidence area or been in one in the last ten days, you need to show a negative test result upon arrival. The test has to have been taken not more than 48 hours before your arrival and the result must be documented in German, English or French language.
If you are coming from another risk area, you need to take a test after your arrival and show it to the authorities within 48 hours. If you arrive at Frankfurt airport, it is possible to get tested there. The test center is located between terminal one and the railway station and is open from 6 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. The test costs usually have to be paid by yourself and reach from 50 to 90 €, depending on the test.
You can also do the test in Karlsruhe. See the section “Getting tested in Karlsruhe” below for more information.
Situation in Karlsruhe
With the decision of 23rd of March 2021, Karlsruhe did go back to strict lockdown rules. Bars, Restaurants and Shops were closed except for the ones selling food and other daily products. Some shops are currently opened again. You are required to wear a medical mask in all public indoor and some outdoor spaces. Social contacts and Meet-Ups are limited to two households with a maximum of 5 people in total (this accounts for both public and private places). A curfew after 8 p.m. was not re-introduced, but is still in discussion.
The details of the situation are changing rapidly, because Karlsruhe is just on the verge of the incidence threshold of 100. To get more up-to-date information, please visit the official corona site of Karlsruhe
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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 se the section following below for information on how to find a doctor who can do the test.
If the test comes back positive (and also before you get the result) you will need to isolate yourself. See “Quarantine regulations” above for some help to 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 the one of Dr.Göser (0721 697611). They are confirmed to speak English and 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.
An additional possibility is taking a rapid test. Once you are registered at the city of Karlsruhe (and have some proof of it) you can take one rapid test per week for free. This is also possible at the central pharmacy (registration at the container in front of it) or at the testing station of the ASB under the address Alter Schlachthof 13.
Medical Hotlines in Germany
Important to know, if you are getting strong symptoms of a Covid Infection or other medical emergencies.
116117 - This number is most important when you need medical treatment, but doctors are closed, like 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.