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Travel and entry information, coming to Göttingen

On  this page we have compiled some information for you on how to get to Germany/Lower Saxony and how to get to Göttingen. Please read the information carefully:

 

You can also find detailed information on entering and arriving as well as on other topics in the University's handout, which you can download here:

Rules of conduct and protective measures

The Robert Koch Institute provides up-to-date information on the situation in Germany. You will also find detailed information for individual districts, including the district of Göttingen.

Detailed information on protection against infections in everyday situations can be found here, also arranged as a leaflet. The most important basic rules are:

  • Limit contact with people who are not members of your household to a minimum.
  • Keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to people in public and 2 metres for physical activity or outdoor sports.
  • Observe general rules of hygiene: Always sneeze and cough into the crook of your arm, wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth in public places (including shops and markets) and on public transport. In addition to protective masks, this may be a scarf, a cloth, a Buff®, a homemade fabric mask or the like.
  • Public gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted.

Exceptions and restrictions to these regulations are explained here.

The University of Göttingen has implemented its own hygiene strategy to prevent infection, which has been put in place for all University facilities and courses.

Entry to Germany

As of 2 July 2020, entry into the European Union and Germany is once again permitted. Countries of origin or visited in transit fall into two categories:

  1. Entry from countries of the European Union and the European Economic Area as well as Australia, Georgia, Canada, Montenegro, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay is permitted. The following other countries are expected to be added shortly: Japan, South Korea and the People'sRepublic of China.

  2. For all other countries, the existing entry restrictions continue to apply. Entry from these countries is permitted only if it is deemed essential travel. Travel for students who are unable to fulfil their study obligations from abroad is considered essential. This requirement must be documented by the University.
    If you require a certificate documenting the need, please contact the University at international.study(at)uni-goettingen.de. Please include your full name, date of birth and matriculation or application number (student id number) and attach your letter of admission to your email.

In any case, you may be required to be tested if the country from which you are entering is classified as a risk area (see below, Mandatory Coronavirus Testing Requirements).

Please note that the decision on whether you are permitted to enter the country is ultimately at the sole discretion of the federal police officers (Bundespolizei) at the port of entry. Be sure to inform yourself about the latest rules and guidelines, for example, by checking the homepage of Frankfurt Airport or the websites of other airports.

Mandatory Coronavirus Testing Requirements

Since 31 July 2020, coronavirus testing has been mandatory for everyone entering from a risk area. The molecular biological test (PCR test) must have been conducted within 48 hours before entry in the European Union or a country that is on the Robert Koch Institute's list. Otherwise, it must be taken within 72 hours of entry, for example, directly at Frankfurt airport or Hannover airport.

You can also have this test performed by a general practitioner in Göttingen. To do so, please contact a doctor in advance by telephone and tell them that you would like to have such a test. Please also inform them whether or not you have any symptoms that indicate an infection. Until the time of the appointment, you must remain inself-isolation (see below, Self-isolation and Quarantine in Lower Saxony). When you go to the doctor, make sure that you wear a mask covering your nose and mouth, keep your distance from others and do not use public transportation to go to the doctor.

The costs of the tests conducted in Germanyare borne by the German state. You do not have to pay for them.

Until receiving a negative test, you must isolate yourself at home for up to 14 days (see below, Self-isolation and Quarantine in Lower Saxony). After receiving a negative test result, there is no longer an obligation to self-isolate or quarantine.

Regardless of the test result, if you haveentered the country from a risk area, you must register with the Göttingen Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt Göttingen): gesundheitsamt(at)goettingen.de. Please include the following information:

  • first name and surname,
  • gender,
  • date of birth,
  • country of entry,
  • date of entry,
  • contact details (telephone/email),
  • local address
  • include the laboratory findings/test results as an attachment to the email

A signed statement from a doctor is also required to confirm that you are currently symptom-free.

Additional information on the testing obligations can be found here.

Self-isolation and quarantine in Lower Saxony

In Lower Saxony, a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period applies only to people who enter from a risk area and who cannot provide a negative coronavirus test. This is regardless of whether you first arrived in another state and continued your journey to Lower Saxony or whether you arrived directly in Lower Saxony.

If you are under mandatory self-isolation, you must go directly to your own home or other place of regular residence and stay there for 14 days. You may not receive visits from people who do not live with you and you may not leave the apartment. Doctor visits are permitted, especially for the purpose of undergoing a coronavirus test.

Regardless of the test result, you must register with the Göttingen Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt Göttingen): gesundheitsamt(at)goettingen.de. Please include the following information:

  • first name and surname,
  • gender,
  • date of birth,
  • country of entry,
  • date of entry,
  • contact details (telephone/email),
  • local address,
  • include the laboratory findings/test results as an attachment to the email

If you have received a negative test result, a signed statement from a doctor is also required to confirm that you are currently symptom-free.

In the event an infection is diagnosed, the public heath office will impose a domestic quarantine. This will continue until the symptoms have cleared and two successive tests have come back negative. The quarantine must be strictly adhered to and will be strictly controlled. Depending on the severity of your illness, medical treatment at home or admission to a hospital may be necessary. These measures will be organised for you by the Göttingen Health Office. If you fall ill with Covid-19, all costs for treatment will be generally covered by your health insurance company.

During the quarantine, you can use delivery services to supply yourself with food. Students and University staff will also provide support in case of emergency. More about delivery services can be found in the handout for international students of the university.

Arrival in Göttingen: Buddy Service of the University

Upon arrival in Göttingen, the Buddy Service of Göttingen University can be used for orientation purposes. University students will pick you up at the train station or meet you on site, accompany you to your apartment and support you with some first information about the living environment.

Exchange students can register here. Registrationis non-binding.

You should also use this service to obtain your room key for your dorm room.

Living in a dormitory of the Studentenwerk

Contact

Contact with the responsible dormitory administration before and during you stay is made by telephone or e-mail. If direct contact is unavoidable, you must make an appointment in advance by telephone or e-mail. During a personal meeting you must wear a mouth-nose cover throughout.

Key delivery

If possible, you should make use the Buddy Service of the university to receive the key. A limited number of key safes are also available to give you access to the apartment key outside normal working hours. Please contact the administration of your dormitory if you want to use this option.

Rules of conduct in the dormitory

In our dormitories the current rules of conduct must be strictly and consistently observed. In common rooms (kitchen, bathroom, lounge) the wearing of a mouth and nose cover is mandatory.

If you have to go into self-isolation or quarantine, you must also inform the responsible dormitory administration. In this case, it is mandatory to wear a mouth-nose cover in all common rooms (kitchen, bathroom, lounge).