Information on the Corona virus - as of 8 April 2022

The DAAD continues to follow the developments on the coronavirus and adapts its activities flexibly to changing situations.

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In order to counteract the spread of the coronavirus, the DAAD continuously adapts its funding programmes to the dynamic pandemic situation. The protection of funding recipients, partners and employees is a priority.
Please note the continuously updated information provided by the authorities, in particular the as well as the detailed which include all current warnings.

 

Information for DAAD scholarship holders and applicants from Germany (Status: 08.04.2022)

Departure to the host country

Currently, there is no pandemic travel warning for any country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the DAAD has established regulations that take effect if a DAAD scholarship holder would like to travel or has travelled to a host country where the pandemic situation has worsened again. Our Scholarship holders can get more information .

If you have any questions on this topic, please contact your DAAD office.

We ask our scholarship holders to make sure that they are registered in the crisis prevention list of the Federal Foreign Office, regardless of which country they live in. It is recommended that you also note the emergency number, which can be found on the website of the respective German mission abroad, and that you also inform on the website of the respective embassy about further contact details.

Return journey to Germany

Persons aged twelve years and older must have proof of testing, proof of recovery or proof of vaccination when entering Germany.

For entry from virus variant areas, proof of testing must always be presented; proof of recovery or vaccination is not sufficient in this case.

Registration and quarantine requirements also continue to apply when entering the country from high-risk or virus variant areas. Further information on the entry regulations can be found and on the website of the .

Information for international scholarship holders and applicants (08.04.2022)

Starting in the winter semester of 2021/2022, most of the courses at German universities are held in classroom form. In order to participate, students might prove that they have been vaccinated, have recovered or have tested negative. In Germany, you can get tested at a test centre in every city. The tests are free of charge.

Please note the continuously updated information provided by the authorities like the  (BMG) or the information provided on the website of the  and the .

Entry to Germany

Travellers must always have a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery at the time of entry, irrespective of the means of transport. Air travellers must present the proof to the carrier before departure. 

Entry from virus variant areas is usually not allowed (e.g., if you already have a residence in Germany).

Please note the continuously updated information provided by the authorities like the  (BMG) or the .

If you are planning to enter Germany and you need an entry visa, please arrange for it as early as possible, as the German representations abroad offer fewer appointments than usual due to the pandemic and the procedure may therefore be delayed.

Information for DAAD scholarship holders:

In case that entry from your country of origin is not possible at the scheduled time due to the pandemic, there might be alternative options for the start of the scholarship. Information about these possibilities can be found . Your Programme Section will tell you whether these options exist for your programme and your country of origin.

Information for ERASMUS grant holders

For Erasmus students, the EU Commission has announced that in the event of changes in travel plans (return, cancellation), costs can be reimbursed up to the amount of the total scholarship agreed upon in advance. As most universities in the Erasmus area are closed, we ask all Erasmus students to contact their home university.

The National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation has two lists of (in German) for students and higher education institutions on coronavirus and Erasmus+.

Information for universities

The DAAD asks its member universities and project leaders to cancel all DAAD-funded trips from abroad to Germany until further notice. Likewise, there should be no more trips abroad. The DAAD is aware that cancellation costs are unavoidable.

The DAAD will generally endeavour to find accommodating arrangements for the projects funded. We recommend our member universities and project leaders to find out whether projects or stays can be postponed or, if necessary, replaced by virtual formats.

The central tendering run on 1 April remains in place furthermore, whereby the application deadlines may be adapted to the situation or further development of the corona pandemic (COVID-19 for short).

Information for project leaders on how to deal with the effects of the Corona crisis on project funding will be available (in German).

Information about the Erasmus+ programme and the corona virus can be found (in German).

General information

As a matter of principle, we advise against all non-essential travel.

The DAAD has cancelled all business trips and events in Germany. Our offices abroad also react dynamically to the respective situation on site.

We recommend the following sources of information:

  • NEW
    What impact will the COVID-19-crisis have on the internationalisation of higher education? With this offer, the DAAD wants to provide the most comprehensive – and regularly updated - overview possible on the current state of "corona research".
  • In consequence of the pandemic spread of COVID-19 the risk of infection can be assumed worldwide. Due to different surveillance systems and test strategies as well as a time lag between the time of infection and notification, the actual risk of infection often cannot be determined from the available notification data. Therefore, increased caution should generally apply. Travellers from all countries are recommended to enter a 14-day quarantine after entry.
  • (Robert-Koch-Institut)
  • (in German) from the Health Service of the Federal Foreign Office
  • Information of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on
  • by Johns Hopkins CSSE

Situation of students at German universities

The pandemic caused by the corona virus affects all areas of life. Our universities are also massively affected: the start of lectures has been suspended or postponed, libraries and cafeterias are closed, campuses – like almost all places in public life – are deserted for the most part. Many students are affected in several ways; firstly, it is still uncertain whether and how the teaching of classes can be ensured; secondly, important sources of income have dried up for many students because their part-time job has fallen victim to the crisis. At the same time there are industries and areas (such as agriculture or retail) that are desperately looking for temporary jobbers. Also, the need for voluntary help is growing rapidly, e.g. at food banks or for elderly people. The DAAD would like to make a small contribution to bring these different groups together. We recommend the following offers to students who want to get involved or who are urgently looking for a part-time job:

The website of the Deutsches Studentenwerk, which offers advice for students with financial difficulties, is also highly recommended:

General information can be found here