Information about the Corona virus

The DAAD maintains close contact with its scholarship holders, their families and local employees in order to provide them with the best possible support.

Please be aware that the situation is changing constantly and use the current information provided by the Chinese and German authorities, who are sharing information and evaluating current developments all the time.

Travel to China

If you are planning a visit or trip to China, please heed the travel and safety advisories issued by the Federal Foreign Office. They currently discourage travel to China, with the exception of the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions, due to the high health risk. The DAAD has endorsed this assessment and has decided to postpone the departure of its employees and funding recipients.

Since universities in China are closed and the New Year’s break has been extended, we recommend postponing the trip and the temporary switch to other communication formats with your colleagues in China.


Travel from China to Germany

In general, many airlines have cancelled all flights from China to Germany and Europe, currently until the end of February 2020.

Regardless of citizenship, persons leaving China are checked for acute signs of illness. When entering Germany, suspicious cases are handled by the competent authorities. There is currently no general examination of the state of health for all travellers. According to the "Deutschlandfunk", air travellers from China are being questioned in Germany more closely than before about possible contact with the novel coronavirus (see also the , german only).

The DAAD recommends that its member universities contact students and academics from China who are expected to come to Germany soon (e.g. for study or research stays). It should be ascertained whether in individual cases stays can be postponed or, if necessary, replaced by virtual formats.


Situation in China

Ruth Schimanowski, Director of the DAAD regional office in Beijing, gives an overview of measures at Chinese higher education institutions (German only):


Any more questions?

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us during our office hours Monday to Friday 9:00–16:00 (CET) at .