Information on the Corona virus - as of 15 October 2021

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 pandamic 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: 15 October 2021)

Departure to the host country

If you want to apply for a DAAD scholarship or maybe you already have received your letter of award, you will certainly ask yourself how it is possible to start a scholarship in the Corona-induced pandemic situation.

If entry into your host country is not possible due to the pandemic, or if your host country is a virus variant area or a high-risk area, the DAAD would also like to support you in this difficult situation and offers flexible solutions in almost all programmes:

  • you can start your scholarship online from Germany if your chosen host university offers digitally supported study or research options,
  • you can move the scholarship to another country after consulting with us.

If you decide to travel to a corona risk area (high-risk area or area of variants of concern) you do so at your own risk. We strongly advise you to get vaccinated in this case before leaving Germany.

Please be sure to obtain detailed information about all the consequences of travelling to a corona risk area before you decide, in particular about the rules applicable on departure and return, quarantine and testing obligations, hygiene regulations and other rules of conduct. When making your decision, please also consider the general situation of the health system in your host country. We would also like to point out that the Federal Foreign Office does not offer Corona-related emergency repatriations of German citizens.

Your scholarship office will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please read the information compiled beforehand.

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 strongly 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

When re-entering Germany from a high-risk area, you will need either a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. If proof of recovery or vaccination is already submitted before entry, quarantine is not required.

If you are returning from an area of variants of concern (stay in the last 10 days), you are obliged to provide proof of a test upon entry and to go into a 14-day quarantine.

We would like to ask scholarship holders who have returned to Germany in the meantime to temporarily remove themselves from the crisis prevention list of the Federal Foreign Office.

News on planned selections

Applications for ongoing calls for proposals will continue to be received and processed, Commission meetings will partly be held by Video conference or decisions will be taken on the basis of written documents.

Information for international scholarship holders and applicants

Entry to Germany (Status: 15 October 2021)

If you want to apply for a DAAD scholarship or maybe you already have received your letter of award or you would like to travel to Germany for study or research purposes without a scholarship, you will certainly ask yourself, how you may start your project in the corona-induced pandemic situation. The same applies to people who have in the meantime returned to their home country and are now considering re-entering Germany.

In the following, we would like to provide you with an overview of the entry options to Germany. Please also refer to the continuously updated information provided by the German authorities, in particular the (BMI) and the (BMG).

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 and irrespective of whether a previous stay in a high-risk area or an area of variants of concern has taken place. Air travellers must present the proof to the carrier before departure. 

If you have stayed in one of these areas within ten days before entering Germany you need to register at before arriving in Germany.

If you have previously stayed in a high-risk area, you must be quarantined for 10 days. However, if proof of recovery or vaccination is already submitted prior to entry, quarantine is not required.

For previous stays in areas of variant of concern, a negative test certificate must always be submitted (proof of vaccination or convalescence is not sufficient!). You are also required to undergo a 14-day quarantine.

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.

Please also read the information on the website of the or the information on the website of the and the regarding entry from risk areas.

Please inform yourself regularly about the risk classification of your home country.

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, the DAAD has created alternative options for the start of the scholarship. Your Programme Office will tell you whether these options exist for your programme and your country of origin.

Information about these possibilities as well as further questions and answers concerning the topic "DAAD Scholarships in the Corona Crisis" can be found .

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