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FaQs for International Exchange Students

Last update: 25 January 2021

You will find answers to many frequently asked questions on this website and in the links below. We will keep you up-to-date on the latest developments and will inform you continuously. Please also make sure to check your University of Mannheim e-mail account regularly!

Kindly monitor the central University website on Corona: www.uni-mannheim.de/en/corona.

    Corona Regulations in Baden-Württemberg

  • Current Regulations (from 11 January 2021)

    In order to make sure that medical care for all patients can be upheld, stricter regulations (“lockdown”) have recently been implemented. The goal is to reduce the number of physical contacts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Below regulations apply to all federal states of Germany but may vary between states or cities.

    • Lockdown regulations have been implemened in Germany until 14 February 2021 (but may be extended).
    • A night-time curfew has been implemented in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, prohibiting to be outside between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless you have a valid reason.
      Valid reasons are: going to/coming home from work; seeking medical, veterinarian or therapeutic treatment; animal care (e.g. walking your dog).
      The authorities can fine violating this regulation.
    • During daytime, i.e. between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. you are allowed to go outside for the additional purposes of doing sports and getting fresh air (only alone, with members of your household, or with one person from another household), to do your shopping, or to go to the authorities (i.e. for registration as a resident).
    • In most public areas (in and in front of public transportion, in workplaces, shops etc.) you are required to wear a medical mask (FFP1 or FFP2) while on public transport, in workplaces and in shops. In Mannheim you are also obliged to wear a mouth and nose covering in the pedestrian zones.
    • All retail businesses are closed except for critical infrastructure (grocery stores, pharmacies, drugstores, etc.).
    • All gastronomic, cultural, entertainment, fitness and wellness businesses and institutions are closed. Though, some of them might offer digital, take-out, or delivery services.
    • The number of customers allowed in stores is restricted. Entry may be regulated and you are required to wear a protective mask also while queuing up.
    • In public areas, you are required to keep a distance of 1.50 meters to other people. Whenever it is impossible to maintain the required distance, please wear a protective mask.
    • In public spaces as well as at home, you are only allowed to meet with people of the same household or one person of another houshold.In Baden-Württemberg, children of the respective households up to and including 14 years of age are excluded from this rule.
    • The radius of movement is limited in many federal states in so-called hotspots. This restriction of movement applies to a radius of 15 kilometers around the place of residence. So-called hotspots are currently regions with a 7-day incidence of over 200 infections per 1,000,000 inhabitants within 7 days.
    • Overnight stays as well as bus tours for touristic purposes are not permitted.

    Please keep in mind that due to the current epidemiological situation specific rules may be in place in your town/district. Please stay informed!

    Coronavirus Warning App: The Corona-Warn-App helps to quickly disrupt chains of infection. It turns your smartphone into a warning system. The app informs us if we have had contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19. It protects us and others around us, as well as our privacy. You can download the app here: https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/corona-warn-app/corona-warn-app-englisch

    For more detailed information

    City of Mannheim (in German): https://www.mannheim.de/de/corona

    German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community:

    https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/coronavirus-faqs.html#doc13797140bodyText3

    Integration Commissioner of the German Federal Government:

    https://www.integrationsbeauftragte.de/ib-de/service/fragen-und-antworten/1731242-1731242?index=1731568

    Corona Ordinance of the State of Baden-Württemberg:

    https://www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/fileadmin/redaktion/m-sm/intern/downloads/Downloads_Gesundheitsschutz/201130_CoronaVO_kons_Fs_en.pdf

  • FAQs regarding the “lockdown”

    • What does the night-time curfew mean?
      It is strictly prohibited to be outside between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless you have a valid reason.
      Valid reasons are: going to/coming home from work; seeking medical, veterinarian or therapeutic treatment; animal care (e.g. walking your dog).
      The authorities can fine violating this regulation.
    • Can I buy groceries/food after the curfew?
      No. Buying food is not a valid reason to go outside between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., according to the regulation. You also may not leave your apartment during those times to pick up food you ordered at a restaurant. Though, delivery service to your apartment is allowed.
    • Can I stay at my partner’s place if we do not live in the same household?
      Yes. In that case, you are counted as two separate households and have reached the maximum number of households that are allowed to meet.
    • My train only arrives in Mannheim after 8 p.m., what can I do?
      Travel for private purposes (visiting friends, buying groceries,…) have to be planned in compliance with the curfew and other regulations. In case of train delays, you are obligated to head straight home.
      In case of a valid reason for being outside after 8 p.m. you may also use public transportation during that time.
    • Can I be in Mannheim during the curfew as a resident from outside of Mannheim?
      You may only stay in Mannheim as a non-resident in case of a valid reason.
  • Which travel restrictions are in place at the moment?

    Entry and travel restrictions are in place throughout the EU since 17 March 2020 and travel to Germany is, thus, also affected. Germany has since implemented the recommendation on entry restrictions by the Council of the European Union in July 2020. The list of states and regions from which unrestricted travel to Germany is possible will be updated every two weeks. The question of whether travel to Germany is permitted depends on where the person travelling has previously been staying, not on their nationality. Visa regulations are not affected by these travel restrictions - so all visa requirements (if applicable) remain unchanged!

    Since we do not know about your whereabouts at the time of travel to Germany, we need you to check if these travel restrictions apply to you. Please visit the website of the Federal Foreign Office to get up-to-date information at all times.

  • When traveling to Mannheim, do I have to go in quarantine?

    Regulations on mandatory quarantine may change and may vary between states or cities. Before entering Germany, please make sure that you know the current regulations. If in doubt or if you have any questions, please contact us: incomings(at)uni-mannheim.de.

    Who needs to quarantine?

    If you have stayed in a country or region that is considered a risk area (with regard to the spread of the coronavirus) within the past 10 days before entering Baden-Württemberg, you need to go in a mandatory self-quarantine for 10 days. This also applies if you first travel to another federal state of Germany before entering Baden-Württemberg. According to Land law you are generally required to proceed directly to your own home, or other suitable accommodation, immediately upon arrival and remain exclusively at this location for a period of 10 days after your entry into the country (quarantine). Violations can be punished as an administrative offence with a very high fine.

    A risk area is any country or region outside of the Federal Republic of Germany for which, at the time of entry into the Federal Republic of Germany, an increased risk of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus exists. The Robert Koch Institute maintains a continually updated list of risk areas at the following link: https://www.rki.de/risikogebiete.

    Before entering Germany

    Before entering Germany, you are required to register at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de and carry the confirmation with you when travelling.

    Furthermore, you must possess proof of testing within a maximum of 48 hours after entering the country and present it to your local authority within 10 days of your entry if requested to do so. Valid proof is a medical certificate or a negative test result for infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that needs to meet the requirements of the Robert-Koch-Institut.

    If you are travelling from an area with a particularly high risk  of SARS-CoV-2 infection, you must get tested before starting your journey, since you must be able to present proof  when entering the country. The test needs to be taken within 48 hours before entry of Germany and also needs to meet the requirements of the Robert-Koch-Institut. When using a carrier (airplane/train), you need to already present this proof to your carrier before starting your trip.

    During the quarantine period

    During the 10 days in quarantine, you are not allowed: 

    • to leave your apartment without the permission of the public health department.
    • to receive visits from people living in other households.

    The period of isolation may be shorted. The quranantine may end after 5 days if a test for Coronavirus carried out on the fifth day after entry to Germany or later is negative. You can take a test in Mannheim(or other place of residence). Only a test carried out in Germany will be accepted. As soon as you have received the negative test result, your qurantine ends. However, you need to keep the negative test results for a least 10 days. You need to be able to show your test result to the authority in charge (in Mannheim “Gesundheitsamt”) upon request. 

    If you are travelling from an area with a particularly high risk  of SARS-CoV-2 infection, the 10-day quarantine period cannot be shortened.

    Any violation of the rules may be imposed by a very high fine!
     

    You are exempted from the quarantine if you already contracted the coronavirus at least 21 days up to 6 months prior to the date of your arrival in Baden-Württemberg and can provide the health authorities a medical certificate confirming this. The infection needs to be confirmed by a molecular biological test by means of polymerase chain reaction (PCR test). Please note that you need to be symptom-free upon arrival in Germany.


    Further Information

  • Where can I get CoViD-19 updates in Germany (in English)?

    Many non-German native speakers are facing quite a challenge to stay on top of the news concerning the development of the situation of the coronavirus in Germany.

    You can find current information in English here:

    News on the coronavirus in Germany:

    https://www.deutschland.de/en/news/coronavirus-in-germany-informations

    https://www.thelocal.de/tag/coronavirus

    German Federal Foreign Office:

    https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus

    German Federal Ministry of Interior, Building and Community:

    https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/kurzmeldungen/EN/2020/03/corona-ein-und-ausreise-en.html

    https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/coronavirus-faqs.html#doc13797140bodyText3

    Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration

    https://www.integrationsbeauftragte.de/ib-de/service/fragen-und-antworten/1731242-1731242?id=01-Intro-en

  • Where in Mannheim can I get tested?

    If you need to get tested or are in need of medical attention in case of a (possible) infection with Corona, you can find a map with doctor’s offices which offer testing and treatment here.
    When contacting the doctor’s office, please always do so via phone first and clarify the following procedure. They will provide you with more information regarding your current situation.

    Please find the instructions for how to use the map and a list of doctor’s offices in Mannheim here.

    There is also a coronavirus test center in Mannheim where testing is available without an appointment (at a fee).

  • Where to go if I feel sick?

    Should you feel sick, please consult a medical doctor - you will find contact details of English-speaking doctors on MyUniMa.

    The Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin has created a questionnaire as decision support for a possible doctor's visit and/or a coronavirus test. Moreover, it provides you with information on risk reduction and helps society to optimize patient flow.
    The app does not substitute clinical diagnostics by a doctor; however, it simplifies procedures in our health care system, gives you individualized recommendations for your next steps and summarizes your data. The app can assist you in evaluating whether it is necessary to see a doctor and/or to know if a test for coronavirus is recommended for you. Medically relevant information will be summarized at the end of the questionnaire and you can take it with you to a doctor's appointment.

    You can access the questionnaire here: https://covapp.charite.de/, switch to English in the upper right-hand corner, and start the survey. After completing the survey you get individualized recommendations based on your answers. You can also print out the summary afterwards.

    The questionnaire is anonymous and will be recorded by the device (e. g. cell phone) you use when taking the survey. Your answers will not be transferred to Charité nor any other third party.

    If you feel like you should get tested for SARS-Cov-2, please ask yourself: did you have contact with an infected person or did you return from a so-called 'risk area' recently? If so, please contact a medical doctor on the phone first and state your case.

    The city of Mannheim also established a Corona-Hotline: +49 (0)621-293 2253

    Outside their office hours, this number should be available as well: (+49) 116 117

    The city of Mannheim also gives information on their website: https://www.mannheim.de/de/informationen-zu-corona/informationen-in-verschiedenen-sprachen#  (scroll down for information in English and other languages).

  • I am in quarantine - how can I get my groceries?

    If you are in quarantine and need to get groceries, there are a couple of options you can take a look at. In order for you not to leave the house, some grocery stores now offer their products online and deliver anything from groceries to drugstore products to your door-step. 

    In the following you can find instructions for two online grocery stores and how to use their online offer: 

     

     

     

    Enrollment and Studies

  • Enrollment

    Digital enrollment will begin several days before the beginning of the Welcome Week. Participants of the International Winter Academy will be enrolled in the week prior to the beginning of the Academy.

    Please prepare your enrollment as described in the email with the subject line “Preparation Digital Enrollment (Off-Campus)” or “Preparation Digital Enrollment (On-Campus)” - depending on the study mode you chose - which you received in December. To prepare your online enrollment, please complete the tasks detailed in the email.

  • What about the University libraries?

    As all branches of the University Library are closed due to the lockdown, please find the most up to date information here.

  • Whom should I contact if I have trouble accessing Portal², Illias, or opening PDF?

    Should you have problems accessing Portal² or Ilias and/or opening uploaded materials, kindly visit: https://www.uni-mannheim.de/en/it/support/.
    If you cannot find the answer to your question there, kindly get in touch with our colleagues from University IT support via itsupport(at)uni-mannheim.de