The DAAD continues to follow the developments on the coronavirus and adapts its activities flexibly to changing situations.
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.
Departure to the host country
There is currently no pandemic-related travel warning for any country due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the DAAD has made arrangements that take effect if grant holders with a DAAD scholarship want to travel resp. have travelled to the host country where the pandemic situation is deteriorating again. More information can be found (in German language only).
Your responsible scholarship office will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
We kindly ask our scholarship holders to make sure that they are registered in the , regardless of which country they are currently in. It is recommended to also write down the emergency number which can be found on the website of the respective German Foreign Authorities and additionally to inform yourself about further contact options via the website of the respective embassy.
Return journey to Germany
Only if you have stayed in a virus variant area (currently not applicable in any country) before returning home, proof of testing must be presented; proof of recovery or vaccination is not sufficient in this case. In this case, registration and quarantine are still mandatory. Further information regarding the entry restrictions can be found and of and .
If you are entering Germany, there are currently no pandemic-related entry restrictions.
Since June 2022, you no longer have to register for entry into Germany. Test or vaccination certificates are also no longer required.
An exception exists if you have previously been in a virus variant area (however, no country is currently classified as a virus variant area): In this case, an is required, a negative test must be presented and a 14-day quarantine must be observed.
Please also read the information about entering Germany on the (BMG) or or the .
If you are planning to enter Germany and you need an entry visa, please arrange for it early, 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.
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 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).
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:
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.
- (in German) from the Health Service of the Federal Foreign Office
- Information of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on
- by Johns Hopkins CSSE
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