Germany Explains Rules of Quarantine for Students Returning From Abroad

Students returning to Germany from non-EU/EEA countries will need to comply with several entry rules, including self-isolation for 14 days, if they come from high-risk areas.

The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs is making sure that every foreigner who comes to Germany from abroad, will be informed on the existing entry rules, including students.

In a recent notice published in its website, the Ministry highlights that students who reach Germany from high-risk countries will have to go straight to their accommodation and remain there for 14 days, isolated, and in no contact with other people.

Students object to quarantine, should also inform the relevant authority, usually the health department, on the place of accommodation, through phone or email.

The requirements for quarantine are regulated by the state ordinance. Violations of an ordered quarantine can be punished with a fine or imprisonment! Travellers should therefore also get information from the authorities in their state,” the notice reads.

It also adds that students can be exempt from the quarantine requirement if they present a document that shows they are not infected with the SARS CoV-2 virus.

The test must have been taken at most 48 hours before entry and carried out in a member state of the European Union or a country with a comparable quality standard as Germany.

Students who cannot take a test in their country of residence or another member state, can take the test after crossing the border, or at the place of their accommodation.

The test result must be kept for at least 14 days after entry, and be presented to the health department on request.

The list of risk areas is drawn up on the basis of a joint analysis by the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for construction and home, and on the website of the RKI. The procedure for the classification is also explained there,”

The following countries are considered as high-risk by the German authorities:

  • Afghanistan
  • Egypt
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Ethiopia
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cabo Verde
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Ivory Coast
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Djibouti
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Yemen
  • Cameroon
  • Kazakhstan
  • Qatar
  • Kenya
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo DR
  • Congo Rep
  • Korea (People’s Republic)
  • Kosovo
  • Cuba
  • Kuwait
  • Lesotho
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Luxembourg
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Morocco
  • Mauritania
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Macedonia
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian territories
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Republic of Moldova
  • Russian Federation
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Zambia
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Zimbabwe
  • Somalia
  • Spain – the following autonomous communities only: Aragon, Catalonia, and Navarre
  • Sri Lanka
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor Leste (East Timor)
  • Togo
  • Trinidad Tobago
  • Chad
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • United States
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela
  • Central African Republic

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