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Information for international researchers on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic is currently affecting all areas of life and also has an impact on working at Paderborn University. Of course, the safety of our students and employees has top priority, which is why Paderborn University has taken numerous measures to protect the health of its students and employees in the best possible way.

Travel restrictions to Germany have been lifted (see information below) and we would like to welcome you to Paderborn University! We also provide extensive support for Paderborn University's international researchers - please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need any support!

As the current situation is and will remain dynamic, please also contact the responsible authorities to find out about current developments.

Current information regarding the pandemic's effects on Paderborn University can be found here.

Information about current regulations to contain the pandemic in Germany (e.g. regarding contact restrictions) can be found here and here (NRW).

[updated: 29 March 2021]

Which regulations currently apply when entering Germany?
Please check the information provided by the official authorities regarding any entry regulations as these can change at short notice. Current information can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office and on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

For Germany, travel restrictions apply for entry from a large number of countries. 

Entry is possible from:

  • EU member states
  • states associated with Schengen: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
  • Other countries, from which entry is possible due to the epidemiological situation assessment by the EU.

Travel to Germany is also possible from third countries, if there are important grounds for doing so. On this basis, third-country nationals from a country not mentioned on the list above may also enter for research purposes, if the research project cannot be carried out from abroad. Usually, researchers will need to show a confirmation when entering the country or applying for a visa. If you need such a confirmation, please get in touch with your contact person at Paderborn University or send us an e-mail.

Before entering Germany from risk areas: Register online

From 8 November 2020, every person who is entering Germay from a risk area has to register online prior to his/her entry on the website

After you have provided all the necessary information, you will receive a PDF file as confirmation, which you may need e.g. when you are entering the country or taking an airplane/train to Germany.

With the entry registration, the health authorities in Germany receive the necessary information to be able to check, for example, whether the quarantine obligation is being observed. The data is encrypted, made available exclusively to the respective health authorities and automatically deleted 14 days after entry.

The local health authorty in Paderborn can be reached Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday from 12 am to 4 pm via telephone:  05251 308 3333.

Obligatory testing for people entering from risk areas and high incidence areas

People entering the state North Rhine-Westphalia from a high incidence area or from a risk area must get tested before or immediately after entering the country. A quarantine obligation only applies if the person did not undergo a test. The entry test must be carried out by means of a rapid or PCR test within a maximum of 48 hours before entry or immediately after entry.

As of 29 March 2021, people entering Germany will be required to be tested prior to entry, and the test may be taken no more than 48 hours before entry.

The negative test result must be sent to the responsible health authorities after the digital registration (see above). If you come to Paderborn, please send the test result immediately upon/after entry by e-mail to: 

Quarantine for people entering from virus variant areas

People entering from countries in which virus mutations are widespread (so-called virus variant areas) must immediately self-isolate for 14 days. The fourteen days are counted from the day of departure from the respective countries. In addition, these persons must get tested for the coronavirus immediately before entering the country. The quarantine cannot be shortened by testing.

Testing for arrivals from non-risk areas without symptoms / rapid tests

Residents can get a free corona rapid test (PoC antigen test) once a week. You can find an overview of pharmacies, medical practices and test centers in Paderborn here.

Arrivals to Germany can find out where in their vicinity they can get a PCR test by calling 116 117 or their local public health office (Telephone number of Paderborn's public health office: 05251 308 3333).

My residence permit expires soon - are there any special regulations at the moment?

At the moment, some special regulations may apply. More information can be found on the Euraxess website. Please contact the Foreigners' office as soon as possible.


What is the current situation in Paderborn?

So far we have come through the pandemic comparatively well in Paderborn and some regulations have been eased but of course the regulations can change at any time and be adapted to the situation.

Please note that in Germany, different regulations apply depending on the federal state.

At the moment it is mandatory in North Rhine-Westphalia, the state Paderborn is located in, for everyone to cover their mouth and nose when using public transport, shopping in retail stores or attending doctors’ surgeries. Further information about the current regulations in North Rhine-Westphalia can be found here.

The number of infected people in Paderborn and the surrounding area can be found on the website of the local health office (in German only).

What should I do, if I may have been infected by the coronavirus?

If you notice symptoms, such as fever, coughing, headache and joint pain or a runny nose, please call your general practitioner or, should they be closed, contact the out-of-hours patient care services at the number 116 117. More information what to do if you may have been infected by the coronavirus can be found here.

In case you do not have a generational pracitioner in Paderborn yet, you can find some useful information about how to find a doctor on this website.

To avoid personal contacts, I would like to shop and order food online. Which shops in Paderborn offer this service?

To avoid personal contacts, I would like to shop and order food online. Which shops in Paderborn offer this service?

Many restaurants, shops but also supermarkets or pharmacies now offer a "no-contact" delivery service. An overview of shops in Paderborn which offer online shopping and delivery or takeaway service can be found on

At the moment, some supermarkets offer delivery services. Unfortunately, the websites are only available in German. Please feel free to contact us, if you need any support.

By the way: Apart from many gyms in Paderborn, Paderborn University' Sports Centre currently offers digital courses. 

Where can I get tested?

Where can I get tested?

Every person in Germany is entitled to a weekly rapid test, either from a test center, medical practice, or place of work, administered by trained personnel.

A list of places where you can get a rapid test in Paderborn can be found here (in German).


Where can I find further information?

Information regarding the effects of the coronavirus on Paderborn University can be found here

Germany has introduced travel/entry restrictions and border controls to slow down the the spread of Covid-19. More information can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

Extensive information e.g. on the Corona-Warn-App, on symptoms but also on everyday aspects and family life can be found on this website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

On its website, Euraxess Germany some general information about entry conditions and visa.

On the website "Research in Germany" you can find a lot of useful links and information regarding the effects of the pandemic on research in Germany.

"Make it in Germany" provides some information on special regulations on entry and residence in Germany.

An overview of useful information in English can be found here.

Who is first vaccinated in Germany?

Who is first vaccinated in Germany?

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Health has issued a vaccination ordinance, to ensure that vulnerable groups, such as residents of nursing homes, receive the coronavirus vaccine first. Further information about the groups can be found here. Please note that the groups and priorities may change.

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