FAQs for International Exchange Students

Last update: 3 August 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.

Kindly monitor the University website on Corona for students.

    Corona Regulations in Baden-Württemberg

  • Can I get vaccinated?

    Who can receive a vaccination?

    Prioritization was lifted as of June 7, 2021. This means that everyone in Germany may seek a vaccination appointment. 

    Where can I get vaccinated?

    The University of Mannheim compiles vaccination offers for students here, which are updated continuously. All students who are enrolled in Mannheim can take advantage of these offers.

    Currently, it is also possible to get vaccinated at physicians' offices, company doctors, and at the vaccination centers.

    How do I register for an appointment in a vaccination center?

    There are two ways to register for a vaccination appointment in one of the vaccination centers:

    1. Online through an online registration form or
    2. via the phone hotline 116117

    To register through the online registration form, you need an active email address as well as a German phone number (you will receive a validation code). It might also be helpful if your Mannheim buddy or another German speaking friend could support you with the registration, in case you have difficulty navigating the website.

    The vaccination center in Mannheim is on the “Maimarktgelände”. Tram line 6 and bus lines 50 and 45 will get you there. The bus/tram stop „Maimarkt“ is right opposite of the vaccination center.

    To make an appointment with your general physician, please give them a call.

    Documents to bring to the appointment

    Once you received your vaccination appointment, please do not forget to bring the following documents:

    • appointment confirmation
    • passport
    • vaccination record (which is where you will receive a confirmation of your vaccination)
    • proof of health insurance
    • enrollment certificate (if you made the appointment through the University)

    Digital vaccination record

    Starting at the end of June, vaccinated individuals will be able to digitally store information about their vaccine on their smartphone – either in the CovPass app or in the Corona Warn app

    To do so, scan the vaccination certificates (QR codes) in the app. If you have not yet received a QR code after vaccination, they can be issued subsequently. If you have been vaccinated at a vaccination center, they will be sent by post or made available online. Alternatively, doctors or pharmacists can also issue vaccination certificates.

    Further information on the digital vaccination certificate can be found here.


    Further information:

  • Current Regulations

    The seven-day incidence of coronavirus cases in Mannheim exceeded above 10 for five continuous days, so the below regulations apply from 26 July 2021 onwards. Should the incidence rate rise or fall again for five consecutive days, regulations will be tightened or slackened again respectively. 

    Please inform yourself regularly about the current regulations in your city or municipality.

    Here you will find all the figures and data on the current situation (in German): Infection rate in the districts of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate

    Corona rules at a glance (Baden-Württemberg)

    Mandatory masks and general contact restrictions:

    • In most public areas (public transport, in workplaces, shops, doctor’s offices etc.) but also in enclosed spaces (in private meetings, cafeterias, restaurants or sport facilities) you are required to wear a medical mask (FFP1 or FFP2).
    • 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.
    • Private meetings in public or private space: a maximum of 25 people can meet. Couples who do not live together count as one household. Anyone who can demonstrate that they have received full vaccination protection or have fully recovered recently does not count towards the total person count.

    Retail and gastronomy in Mannheim:

    • Retail business may open. You are rquired to wear a medical mask.
    • Hairdressers and other body-related services are open, but it is required to wear a medical mask. In case wearing a mask is not possible (i.e. when getting a beard trim in a barbershop), you can either prove that you have recovered, been vaccinated or present a negative coronavirus quick test result of the same date. The tests need to be done in an official testing center. It is required to make an appointment.
    • Restaurants are open.
    • From 1 July on: The sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages, including the „Gassenschank“ in the Jungbusch is prohibited on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. of the following day, as well as the consumption of alcoholic beverages in public spaces on Fridays and Saturdays from midnight to 6:00 a.m. of the following day.

    Recreational activities in Mannheim:

    • Touristic overnight stays are possible without any restrictions (in Mannheim and other cities in Baden-Württemberg where the seven-day incidence has been below 10 for five consecutive days).
    • Zoological and botanical gardens may open.
    • Indoor and outdoor sports are allowed.
    • Swimming pools and amusement parks may operate on reduced capacity
    • Religious events will not require pre-registration anymore.
    • Concerts, flea markets, theaters may open outdoors and indoors on reduced capacity.

    Who is considered fully vaccinated or recovered?

    A fully vaccinated person is a person who has been fully vaccinated with a vaccination approved by the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut at least 14 days before travelling to Germany. This means that they need to have received the complete number of vaccine doses required for the vaccine by the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut. In order to be excempted e.g. from contact restrictions, you will need to be able to proof your vaccination in German, French, Italian, Spanish, or English either on your international vaccination card or with the vaccination certificate you received after being vaccinated.

    Persons thathave recovered from a coronavirus infection need to proof their infection and recovery by means of a molecular biological test (polymerase chain reaction – PCR test) taken within six months up to 28 days prior to the current day and are symptom free.


    For more detailed information

    City of Mannheim (in German) | German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community | Corona Ordinance of the State of Baden-Württemberg (available in different languages at the bottom of the website) | FAQs for vaccinated and recovered persons (in German)

    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.
    More infromation on the Coronavirus Warnning App

  • 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 (at a fee).

     

    Where can I get a rapid test (Schnelltest)?

    There are various places in Mannheim that you can get a Schnelltest at, if you follow this link it will provide you with a map showing different testing locations throughout the city.

    This link directs you to a website where you will be shown test center options that are closest to you. Type in your address where it says “Straßenname”, then click on “suchen” and all the available options including their contact details will come up.

  • 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).

  • 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:

      Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration

      German Federal Foreign Office:

      German Federal Ministry of Interior, Building and Community:

      News on the coronavirus in Germany:

      Arrival in Germany

    • Entry requirements and restrictions

      Test obligation for entry

      If you travel to Germany by air or have stayed in an area of virus variants of concern within 10 day before your departure, you have to show a negative corona test result to your carrier before taking off.

      If you travel to Germany from any other country, you need to be able to show a negative test result or proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of recovery from an infection.

      You will need to be able to present your negative test result for 10 days after your arrival upon request by the responsible authority.

      Digital Registration on Entry

      If you stayed in a risk area, high incidence area, or area of variant of concern at any point within 10 days before your arrival in Germany, you are required to register at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de and carry the confirmation with you when travelling.

      General Entry restrictions

      Entry and travel restrictions have been in place throughout the EU since 17 March 2020 and travel to Germany is, thus 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!

      Restrictions on travel from countries with coronavirus variants

      On 30 January 2021, a travel ban has been imposed on countries with widespread occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus variants of concern. Carriers may not transport any persons from these countries to Germany. There are only a few, strictly defined exceptions to this travel ban:

      • Persons who are resident in Germany with a current right to reside in the country
      • German nationals

      Should you meet one of the exceptions and be able to travel from a so called “area of variant of concern”, please keep in mind that you will have to undergo quarantine in Germany and have a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result on you when starting your journey. You need to take the test within 48 hours before starting your journey.

      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.

    • Quarantine upon entry

      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 uni-mannheim.de.

      The requirement to quarantine will initially be in force until 30 June 2021.

      Who needs to quarantine?

      If you have spent time in a country or region currently classified as a risk area or high incidence area, you are 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 (home quarantine). If you have spent time in an area of variants of concern prior to entry, you will need to quarantine for 14 days.
      Violations can be punished as an administrative offence with a very high fine.

      Shortening of the quarantine period

      If you are travelling from an area of variant of concern of SARS-CoV-2 infection, the 14-day quarantine period cannot be shortened in any case.

      Travelling from a risk area or high-incidence area, the quarantine period may be ended prematurely if proof of recovery, proof of vaccination or a negative test result is submitted via the Federal Republic of Germany entry portal https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de. Should you have spent time in a high-incidence area prior to entry, the relevant test may not be conducted earlier than five days after entry. You can take a test in Mannheim (or other place of residence). Please also keep the negative test results for at least 10 days.

      Exemptions

      If you are travelling from an area of variant of concern of a SARS-CoV-2 infection, quarantine is mandatory even if you contracted the coronavirus or were vaccinated already.

      If you travel from a risk area or a high incidence area, 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.
      If you travel from a risk area or a high incidence area, you are also exempted from quarantine if you were fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 with a vaccination approved by the European Union at least 14 days prior to your entry of Germany. You are required to carry proof of your vaccination and present it to the responsible authorities upon request.

      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 or to receive visits from people living in other households. This is to protect your neighbors and persons around you. Any violation of the rules may be imposed by a very high fine!

      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. Instructions for two online grocery stores and how to use their online offer: getNow.com | Rewe online store
      Your buddy partner may also be able to support you during your quarantine period.


      Further information:
      FAQs about the Corona Ordinance on Entry Quarantine in Baden-Württemberg