FAQs for International Exchange Students

Last update: 8 April 2022

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

  • Vaccinations against SARS-CoV-2

    Where can I get vaccinated?

    At the „Impfpunkt Mannheim“, residents of Mannheim can receive a vaccination with the vaccine BioNTech/Pfizer. It is necessary to make an appointment online first. It is located in the „Universitäts­klinikum Mannheim“ – the Mannheim university hospital -, in house 37, level 1, entrance West by the Neckar (close to Friedrich-Ebert-Bridge).

    On www.dranbleiben-bw.de, you will find information on current vaccination offers in Baden-Württemberg.

    It is also possible to get vaccinated at many physicians' offices.

    *New information* Starting February 8th, you can also be vaccinated by a local Pharmacist. To find out whether or not your pharmacy vaccinates simply ask them. 

     

    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.

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


    Further information:

  • Current Regulations

    As of April 1st, most Corona regulations are no longer in place.

    This entails that access to restaurants, bars and canteens (indoors), tourist traffic (such as bus trips and cruises), fairs and congresses, cultural institutions and leisure facilites, extracurricular education, public events, and establishments that offer close-contact services are permitted without being fully vaccinated, a negative test result or having recovered from Covid.

    People with a booster vaccination (3rd vaccination dose) and people whose basic immunization or recovery was no more than 3 months ago are exempt from the additional testing requirement for 2G-Plus.

    The 3G regulation in addition to the current FFP 2 mask requirement is still in effect on local public transport and regional and long-distance trains.

    Private gatherings are no longer limited to a certain number of people. 

    The following regulations are in effect:

    Mandatory masks and hygiene concepts:

    • In most public areas (public transport, in workplaces, shops, doctor’s offices etc.) you are required to wear a medical mask (FFP1 or FFP2), when you are 18 years and older. Public transport requires you to wear an FFP2, this also includes air traffic and passenger ships.
    • 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

    The 3G rule: 

    • The 3Gs stand for vaccinated, tested 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 ago and has received the complete number of vaccine doses required for the respective vaccine.
    • Proof of vaccination can be provided on your international vaccination card or with the vaccination certificate you received after being vaccinated. If you have been vaccinated in the EU, information about your vaccination can be saved in the Corona-Warn or CovPass-App.
    • Persons that have recovered from a coronavirus infection need to prove 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 need to be symptom free.

    Where do I need proof of vaccination or recovery plus a negative Covid-19 test result (2G plus proof)?

    • Clubs and facilities similar to clubs (no mandatory masks on the dance floor)

    Where do I need proof of vaccination or recovery (2G proof)?

    • Sauna and steam baths

    Where do I need proof of vaccination or recovery or a negative Covid-19 test result (3G proof)?

    • Public transportation and trains (FFP 2 masks only)

    Where is no 3G proof required? (Compulsory masks)

    • Restaurants and canteens (Indoor and outdoor seating)
    • Touristic traffic (such as bus trips and cruises)
    • Tourist accomondations (every third day a new test is needed)
    • Outdoor and indoor sports (such as Gyms)
    • Cultural institutions and leisure facilites (such as galleries, museums, archives and swimming pools)
    • Public events (indoors and outdoors such as city tours, concerts, theater performances, festivals, sporting events, fairs, exhibitions, etc.) 
    • Educational institutions (compulsory masks)
    • Extracarricular education (such as music schools)
    • Close-contact sand health-related services (such as hairdressers, speech therapy and physiotherapy)
    • Citizens registration offices, admission offices, foreigners registration offices and townhalls (compulsory masks)
    • Supermarkets
    • Picking up food
    • Retail
    • Religious events

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


    For more detailed information:

     

    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 ago. This means that they need to have received the complete number of vaccine doses required for the respective vaccine. In order to be exempted e.g. from providing a negative Covid-19 test result in many cases, you will need to be able to prove 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 that have recovered from a coronavirus infection need to prove 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 need to be symptom free.

    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


    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)

  • 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 Mannheimhere.

    Where can I get a rapid test (Schnelltest)?

    Here you can find a map with test locations in Mannheim.

    Since 13 November 2021 tests are free of charge again.

     

  • 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 in the InfoCockpit on Portal².

    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:

       

    Should you be vaccinated against Covid-19 please make sure you fulfill the critera for a completed vaccination listed on the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut website. Students who have been vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson should note that a single vaccination is no longer sufficient for the basic immunization. A second vaccination is required, ideally with an mRNA vaccine (Biontech/Pfizer or Moderna) for your immunization to be considered a „complete vaccination“.

    Arrival in Germany

    • Pandemic-related entry and transport restrictions

      New coronavirus entry regulation from 15 January 2022

      All entrants 6 years of age and older, whether or not they have been in a high-risk area or an area of variants of concern, are required to provide 3G proof (Vaccinated, Recovered, Tested) upon entry. This rule also applies for passengers in transit that change flights in a German airport. All entrants under the age of 6 have to show a negative test result upon arrival. 

      Should you be vaccinated against Covid-19 please make sure you fulfill the criteras for a completed vaccination listed on the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut website.

      If you have recovered from an infection of Covid-19 there are certain criterias that you need to fulfill. For further information please visit the Robert-Koch-Institut website.

      As of now it is forbidden to enter Germany from any area of variants of concern. The following countries are exempted: member states of the European Union as well as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Nothern Ireland. Please note that spouses and life partners living in another household have the same status as members of the same household.
      For further information please visit the following website.

      Before entering Germany, you must carry out a digital registration on entry if you have spent time in a high-risk or variants of concern area within the ten days prior to your entry. Please enter information on the places you stayed over the previous ten days via the www.einreiseanmeldung.de website. Before transporting you to your destination, your carrier, as a rule, will check whether you are in possession of a confirmation. Otherwise, the carrier will not be allowed to take you.

      Please find more detailed information here: Current information for Travellers

    • 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.

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

      • If you have spent time in a risk area, you must remain isolated at home for a period of ten days (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.
      • During the quarantine period, you are not allowed to leave your house or apartment, nor receive guests.
      • Quarantine at home 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.

      Please note: If 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. Following a stay in an area of variants of concern, the 14-day duration of quarantine may not be shortened.


      Please check ahead of your travels if you are travelling from a „risk area“ and which regulations you need to follow:

      List of risk areas, high incidence areas, and areas of variants of concern

      Current information for Travellers

      Information on the recognition of tests for SARS-CoV-2 for persons arriving in Germany from risk areas

      Baden-Württemberg – Entry Quarantine and Testing

      Corona Testzentrum Mannheim – Testing available without an appointment (at a fee)

       

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