Last update: 21 April 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/
In order to make sure that medical care for all patients can be upheld, stricter regulations have been implemented, starting on 19 April. The goal is to reduce the number of physical contacts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The below regulations apply to the federal state of Baden-Württemberg and Mannheim in particular. They may vary between states or cities.
The Mannheim Health Department has determined that there has been a seven-day incidence of more than 100 new coronavirus infections per 100,000 inhabitants, three days in a row. Therefore, the general regulations will be reinforced from 16 March 2021 onwards.
Regulations currently in place are:
For more detailed information
City of Mannheim (in German) | German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community | Integration Commissioner of the German Federal Government | Corona Ordinance of the State of Baden-Württemberg
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
The night-time curfew is in place in all of Baden-Württemberg, including Mannheim, starting on 19 April.
Test obligation for air entry from 30 March 2021
If you want to fly to Germany, you have to show a negative corona test before taking off abroad.
Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.
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!
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: incomingsuni-mannheim.de.
Who needs to quarantine?
If you have stayed in a country or region that is considered a risk area, high incidence area, or area of variant of concern (with regard to the spread of the coronavirus) at any point 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. In a high incidence area, the number of infections with SARS-CoV-2 is particularly high. And in a country of variant of concern there is a widespread occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus variants of concern. The Robert Koch Institute maintains a continually updated list of the different risk areas.
During the quarantine period
During the 10 days in quarantine, you are not allowed:
If you travel from a risk area or a high incidence area, the period of isolation may be shortened in Baden-Württemberg: The quarantine may end after five 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. The negative result must be presented immediately to the responsible authority. Please also keep the negative test results for at least 10 days.
If you are travelling from an area with a particularly high risk or area of variant of concern of SARS-CoV-2 infection, the 10-day quarantine period cannot be shortened and you cannot be exempted from it.
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.
If you are travelling from an area with a particularly high risk or area of variant of concern of a SARS-CoV-2 infection, quarantine is mandatory in any way.
Any violation of the rules may be imposed by a very high fine!
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:
German Federal Foreign Office:
German Federal Ministry of Interior, Building and Community:
Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration
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).
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/
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/
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).
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:
From Wednesday, 10 March 2021, the subject libraries will be open again on a restricted basis. Access to the subject libraries is only possible for all user groups with a valid seat booking. Under the current Corona Ordinance of the state of Baden-Württemberg, libraries are permitted to open regardless of the incidence value. Even if the “emergency brake” comes into force due to the general ordinance of the city of Mannheim, the subject libraries of the UL with seat bookings remain accessible with restrictions.
The Central Lending Library is open on a limited basis from Wednesday, 13.01.2021, for picking up pre-ordered media. We will continue to offer a scan service for all members of the University of Mannheim.
The latest information on the services of the University Library are available here.
Next to the eating-in option, the University’s main cafeteria also offers to order food for take-away.
If you would like to have a meal to-go, you can still order it in person at the cafeteria’s counter during the opening hours from 11.30 a.m. – 2.15 p.m (Mon-Fri). Here you can find the daily menus.
When entering the cafeteria please always follow the hygiene regulations and fill out the online contact form via the MensA-Guest-App, which you will get access to by scanning a QR-Code. Then follow the directions provided by staff and place your order. After you have received your order and paid, do not forget to check out on the MensA-Guest App and enjoy your meal!
For more information about the cafeteria, please go to the Studierendenwerk’s website.
The University of Mannheim's Institute of Sports offers you the opportunity to stream various courses offered by the institute online in your living room: https://www.uni-mannheim.de/en/sports/program/
PBS Psychological Counselling Center of Studierendenwerk Mannheim:
Mon & Thu: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tue & Wed: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fri: 8.30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Phone: 0621 49072-555
Central Institute of Mental Health (Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit):
Telephone Counselling: Mon-Fri: 8.30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Phone: 0621 1703-2850
Emergency Telephone Counselling: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Phone: 0621 1703–2150
5 p.m. – 7 a.m. Phone: 0621 1703-0
The emergency service for people in mental crises is available around the clock. You will find the emergency service in J 5, therapy building, ground floor, entrance next to the main entrance.
Phone consultations are in German only, but you can write them an email in English: