FaQs for International Exchange Students

Last update: 26 May 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 central University website on Corona: www.uni-mannheim.de/en/corona.

    Corona Regulations in Baden-Württemberg

  • Can I get vaccinated?

    Who can receive a vaccination?

    Vaccination against SARS-CoV-19 is not mandatory in Germany, but recommended in order to protect yourself as well as the people around you, and to lower the number of infections as soon as possible.

    The vaccination roll-out in the vaccination centers follows a list of priorities, starting among others with the elderly and medical staff. As of 3 May, the third priority group, including people with certain pre-existing conditions, can make appointments to be vaccinated in Baden-Württemberg. To find out if you are in the third priority group, please check the list of pre-existing conditions (under the headline „Anspruchsberechtigt ab Montag, 3. Mai 2021“) and be aware that you will need to present a medical certificate confirming your pre-existing condition during the vaccination appointment. In vaccination centers, interpreters will be available.

    As of 17 May, general physicians in Baden-Württemberg can also provide vaccinations, disregarding of pre-existing conditions and other prioritizing factors. You can call your general physician to make an appointment. Please note that you might have to wait for an appointment, though, as the demand for vaccinations is currently very high.

    Please note that the above applies if you registered as a resident in Baden-Württemberg.

    How to register

    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.

    Important documents for your appointment

    Once you received your vaccination appointment, please do not forget to bring your appointment confirmation, passport, your doctor’s confirmation (if applicable), your vaccination record (which is where you will receive a confirmation of your vaccination). Please also bring proof of health insurance with you.

    Further information:

  • Current Regulations

     If the seven-day incidence of coronavirus cases in a municipality recedes below 50 for five continuous days, the nationwide measures (Emergency Stop) to contain the spread of the coronavirus will be slackened slightly. Since this is the case in Mannheim, the below regulations apply from 07 June 2021 onwards.

    Please inform yourself regularly about the current regulations in your city/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.) 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. In Mannheim you are also required to wear a mask in the pedestrian zones.
    • Private meetings in public or private space: 3 households are allowed, with a maximum of 10 people. Couples who do not live together count as one household. Children of the two households up to and including 13 years of age are not counted. In addition, 5 children up to and including 13 years of age from 5 other households may be added. Anyone who can demonstrate that they have received full vaccination protection or have fully recovered recently does not count towards the total person count and is not required to present a negative covid test. Please note that some facilities may deviate from that rule and still require a negative covid test result.

    Retail and gastronomy:

    • Stores selling products for daily needs (including pharmacies, drugstores, supermarkets, bookstores, hardware stores, flower shops) are open. Retail business may offer Click&Meet. The testobligation expires.
    • Hairdressers remain open, but it is required to wear a medical mask when getting a haircut. In case wearing a mask is not possible (i.e. when getting a beard trim in a barbershop), a negative coronavirus quick test result of the same date needs to be presented. The tests need to be done in an official testing center. It is required to make an appointment.
    • Restaurants may open from 6 am to 1 pm, offering indoor and outdoor service on limited capacity. There is no testobligation for outdoor service.

    Recreational activities:

    • Overnight stays will be possible (in Mannheim and other cities where the seven-day incidence has been below 100 for 5 consecutive days), however, anyone who cannot present a vaccination or recovery certificate will be required to take a corona test every three days.
    • Zoological and botanical gardens may open without conditions.
    • Indoor sports needs to be conducted contactless either alone, or with one other person of a different household, or with persons of the same household. Outdoor low-contact recreational and amateur sports are allowed up to 20 people at a time.
    • Outdoor areas of swimming pools and lakes will be operating on reduced capacity.
    • Religious events will not require pre-registration anymore.
    • Educational classes (music, art, private classes etc) are allowed indoors and outdoors 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 ago. 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 a high-incidence area or 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 abroad.

      If you travel to Germany by other means of transportation (i.e. not by air) and stayed in a risk area within 10 days prior to departure, you need to be able to show a negative test result within 48 hours after arrival upon request by the responsible authority.

      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 10-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.


      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